6 can’t-miss June arts events

June is jam-packed with music, theater and more
6 can’t-miss June arts events
"Samurai: The Way of the Warrior" at the Chazen Museum of Art.

The Way of the Warrior

Lay your eyes on armor, lacquered objects, helmets, swords, saddles, stirrups, arrows, quivers and bows from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy. Take a step back before leaning in to admire the details of 90 objects on display at the Chazen Museum of Art. The styles and craftsmanship of Japanese artisans manifest the moral, cultural and aesthetic codes of the military class. “This is one of the most significant collections outside of Japan,” says Kirstin Pires, Chazen’s editor. Through July 23


In the court of the 18th century Austrian Emperor Joseph II, Antonio Salieri was the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time to disrupt the royal order: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Kathleen Tissot, the stage play “Amadeus” was first performed in 1979 and won five Tony Awards in 1981. This month it will be performed on Bartell Theatre’s Drury Stage. “The story itself is timeless,” says Tissot. June 2-17

Darius Rucker

6 can’t-miss June arts events

Country artist Darius Rucker kicks off the 2017 PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship with a performance at Breese Stevens Field. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, which supports education, initiatives and organizations aimed at building strong families and healthy kids. “It’s hard to beat Madison in the middle of summer,” says Rucker. “It’s going to be a great time and hopefully raise a lot of money for some worthy causes along the way.” June 23

The Avett Brothers

6 can’t-miss June arts events

North Carolinian folk rockers The Avett Brothers return to Breese Stevens Field for an all-ages show–their first here since a sold-out performance in October 2015. Insider’s tip: The downtown Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. will provide a free shuttle to and from the concert. June 17

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

6 can’t-miss June arts events

Three shows. One epic story. Take a virtual trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at Overture Hall while Madison Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score underneath a high-definition, 40-foot screen playing the film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” This event is part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. June 24-25

Concerts on the Square

6 can’t-miss June arts events

The Concerts on the Square season kicks off with youthful and epic talent. The first of six nights with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will feature violinist Emily Hauer, a home-schooled ninth-grade student and a winner of the 2016 Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Artist Concerto Competition. Concert highlights include Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s “Symphony No. 1: Night of the Tropics,” Otto Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and Leonard Bernstein’s symphonic suite “On the Waterfront” from the 1954 film by the same name. June 28

Chelsey Dequaine is a Madison-based writer. Find more can’t-miss arts and entertainment picks in the guides and blogs on madisonmagazine.com.