Overture Center for the Arts


Ross Zentner

Director Jessica Lanius has created a lovely picture of young love in Theatre LILA’s “Romeo+Juliet.” The show is this weekend only at the Overture Center. Read more


The Madison Symphony Orchestra's conductor celebrates silver anniversary with program of personal favorites for March concerts. Read more


The Capitol Theater’s Grand Barton Organ is one of few surviving the silent film era. Overture Center has secured funds for a long-overdue restoration of the gem. Read more


Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev joins Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for an evening of jazz-inspired works and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, a taut and unsettling piece. Read more



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Longtime vendors like Spice Yatra and new vendors like Madame Chu love introducing Madisonians to their culture’s cuisines at International Fest. They start dishing it up on Saturday, Feb. 23. Read more



Benjamin Ealovega

Madison Symphony Orchestra welcomes 2019 Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes for a magnificent performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto. Read more



Hillary Schave

Catherine Capellaro talks to Overture’s new president and CEO, Sandra Gajic, about her journey from her childhood in Yugoslavia to Madison, by way of Canada. It’s an immigrant’s tale, and a love story about the performing arts. Read more

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James Gill

Some purists wonder whether opera companies should produce operettas. Madison Opera’s scintillating production of “A Little Night Music" proves why they should. Read more

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Madison Symphony Orchestra delivers an excellent multimedia exploration of Felix Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. Read more

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Jeremy Daniel

“Finding Neverland,” at Overture Hall through Jan. 13, brings the magic of “Peter Pan” to life by telling the backstory of J.M. Barrie, “the man who never wanted to grow up.” Read more



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The book and score of the screen-to-stage sensation “School of Rock” are nothing to write home about. But the show features a delightful pack of 9-12-year-olds who jump around and play their instruments — for real. Read more



Ross Zentner

Forward Theater Company chose the best show for its first musical: “Fun Home” is an eloquent and poignant story based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir about family dysfunction, homosexuality, suicide and growing up in a funeral home. Read more



James Gill

Madison Opera delivers a passionate and lavish double bill of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci.” It plays once more on Nov. 4. Read more


After the Storm

Michael Knapstein

Some of the season’s more interesting art exhibits are lining the corridors of the Overture Center, writes Michael Muckian. Read more

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The Madison Symphony Orchestra hosts guest conductor Tania Miller and cellist Zuill Bailey for its fall concerts. Read more

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Jeremy Daniel

Middleton’s Brian Cowing lands a role in the national touring company of “Something Rotten,” the madcap Shakespearean musical parody that hits Overture Hall Oct. 9-14. Read more



Christopher Drukker

Madison will celebrate the legacy of Richard Davis, a world famous jazz musician, educator and racial justice advocate. A multimedia event is planned for Oct. 11 at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. Read more



Joan Marcus

Although some of the supporting characters are over the top, “Waitress” is a heartfelt and funny story of a woman finding herself. It features a gorgeous score by Sara Bareilles sung by a spectacular lead, Desi Oakley. Read more



Anneliese Nappa

This interview with Australian absurdist comedians Aunty Donny goes way off the rails. Why didn’t we see that one coming? Read more


Art exhibits at MMoCA and Overture Center revisit the colorful and political art of the 1960s. The shows are timed to coincide with the June 14-16 Madison Reunion. Read more

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