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2015-2016 Concert Series Announced

After two years of historic renovations, the Wisconsin Union Theater is not just raising the curtain on a new season for the arts, we’re raising the bar!

Tickets for Season 2014/15 are available now!
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Featured Events

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Saturday, Apr 25, 7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle

General Public: $25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $21; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $23; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

Jay Ungar and Molly MasonThe busy duo, creators of the Emmy-nominated Ashokan Farewell and hosts of the radio show "Dancing on the Air," return to the theater after their last sold-out show. Their music has been featured in many soundtracks, including Legends of the Fall and Brother's Keeper.


Thursday, Apr 30, 7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Union Theater - Shannon Hall

Adult $23; Senior Citizen $21; Friend of UT $16; Student $16; Children (5-17) $16.

Legally Blonde - The MusicalJoin us as we close our season in style with the blockbuster hit "Legally Blonde"! From a beloved film to a darling of Broadway, University Theatre is proud to bring this musical sensation to Shannon Hall in Memorial Union. Follow Elle Woods through her hilarious and touching journey through Harvard Law School - but don't underestimate this blonde bombshell. There will be only four chances to see "Legally Blonde," so get your tickets fast!


Friday, May 01, 7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Union Theater - Shannon Hall

Adult $23; Senior Citizen $21; Friend of UT $16; Student $16; Children (5-17) $16.

Legally Blonde - The MusicalJoin us as we close our season in style with the blockbuster hit "Legally Blonde"! From a beloved film to a darling of Broadway, University Theatre is proud to bring this musical sensation to Shannon Hall in Memorial Union. Follow Elle Woods through her hilarious and touching journey through Harvard Law School - but don't underestimate this blonde bombshell. There will be only four chances to see "Legally Blonde," so get your tickets fast!


Sunday, May 03, 2:00 PM
Memorial Union - Union Theater - Shannon Hall

Adult $23; Senior Citizen $21; Friend of UT $16; Student $16; Children (5-17) $16.

Legally Blonde - The MusicalJoin us as we close our season in style with the blockbuster hit "Legally Blonde"! From a beloved film to a darling of Broadway, University Theatre is proud to bring this musical sensation to Shannon Hall in Memorial Union. Follow Elle Woods through her hilarious and touching journey through Harvard Law School - but don't underestimate this blonde bombshell. There will be only four chances to see "Legally Blonde," so get your tickets fast!


Thursday, May 07, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle

General Public: $15; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $12; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $13; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

The Jack Quartet Succumb to your senses in the Fredric March Play Circle as the JACK Quartet perform String Quartet No. 3 by Georg Friedrich Hass in complete darkness. Known for their innovative techniques and daring, the JACK quartet's performance will offer new music at its best.


Friday, May 08, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

General Public: $30, 26, 20; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $26, 22; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $28, 24; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

The Jack Quartet - World Premiere of Part of JACK Quartet's mission is to introduce and perform new works of music, and for this concert the group will be debuting works by Laura Schwendinger, a professor of composition and at our very own University of Wisconsin-Madison. Schwedinger's composing has been called "Punchy, imaginative, subtle, stirring, [and] evocative," by Colin Clarke of Fanfare. "Creature Quartet" is made up of four larger movements which are framed by smaller movements, each one an ode to an extinct, endangered or mythical creature.


Saturday, May 09, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

General Public: $30; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $26; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $28; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz BandTaking his inspiration from jazz legends Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie, percussionist Poncho Sanchez is a musical giant in his own right, lending a heady infusion of Latin flavor to the elements of traditional jazz. Like a good dance partner, Sanchez's music keeps you on your toes without missing a beat. Growing up in L.A. with a range of influences, from John Coltrane to James Brown, Sanchez taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales, eventually finding true love with the congas - a love that would earn him the title "King of the Conga."


Friday, Jun 19, 12:00 AM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

Isthmus Jazz FestivalThis season's Isthmus Jazz Festival is on Friday & Saturday, June 19 & 20, 2015 at the Memorial Union. Festival headliner Freddy Cole is everything a jazz legend should be - smooth, charming, and casually brilliant. The younger brother of Nat King Cole, Freddy lends warmth and style to treasured classics with a captivating confidence. The New York Times calls him "the most maturely expressive jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive." His trio will be joined by UW's own Jazz Orchestra. Other artists will play free concerts on both days.


Arlo Guthrie - The Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour

Wednesday, Oct 21, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

Arlo Guthrie - The Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary TourTickets, available on Saturday, April 11, 2015, 11 am: $30,$36, $45, $100. A limited number of discounted tickets will be available for UW Madison students. Orders that include student tickets will be held at will call and may be picked up at our box office starting September 2, 2015 with one valid UW Madison Student ID per student ticket. It was fifty years ago, 1965, when Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat. This hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo from military service (1966), became a platinum selling record (1967) and full length motion picture (1969), has become as traditional a part of Thanksgiving as cranberry sauce. Since then, Arlo has only added the complete Alice's Restaurant Massacree to his touring menu on the 10 year anniversaries. The Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour will feature the full 18-minute Massacree along with many favorites from Arlo's catalog. Tickets available this Saturday. Buy them here.


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