A Concerts on the Square Sneak Peek

A Concerts on the Square Sneak Peek
Andreew Sewell conducts Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra during Concerts on the Square, one of very best things about summers in Madison.

Midsommer Stars, June 25
“This program features our Young Artist Competition winner, Isabella Wu, performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1, 1st movement, as well as celebrates summer with a Swedish emphasis in Alfven’s ‘Midsummer Vigil’ (otherwise known as ‘Midsommervaka’ or Swedish Rhapsody No.1), Bruch’s ‘Swedish Dances,’ Soderstrom’s ‘Swedish Festival Music’ and the two hundredth anniversary of ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ with Dudley Buck’s Festival Overture on the American National Air.”

American Fanfare, July 2
“We celebrate the July 4th holiday with music by Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein and John Philip Sousa as well as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with sixteen cannon shots. Former Stoughton native Sarah Lawrence, a soprano, and her husband, tenor Calland Metts, return to Madison to perform songs from Porgy and Bess, The Music Man, The Most Happy Fella and Phantom of the Opera.”

Rhapsody in Rock, July 9
“The Swedish King of Rock, pianist Robert Wells, and his band return to Madison after ten years to perform rockin’ hits such as ‘Roll Over Beethoven,’ ‘Take Me to the Pilot,’ ‘Crocodile Rock,’ ‘Root Beer Rag,’ ‘Nut Rocker’ and his own ‘Rhapsody in Rock.'”

A Little Night Music, July 16
“Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ opens the program in a classical tribute to Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. WCO concertmaster Suzanne Beia performs the first movement of Mendelssohn’s timeless Violin Concerto, and other familiar favorites on the program include Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral Symphony’ and the Sleeping Beauty waltz by Tchaikovsky.”

Marimba Magic, July 23
“Canadian virtuoso and Hong Kong native Pius Cheung performs Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ on the marimba. Other works on the program include Gershwin’s ‘Cuban Overture,’ Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’ and Copland’s ‘Outdoor Overture.'”

Shamrocks! July 30
“Jeans ‘n Classics, an Ontario-based rock group, specializes in many different rock tributes, including this extravaganza devoted to U2, Van Morrison and the music of Ireland. You’ll surely want to rock your socks off to ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,’ ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ and ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday.'”

Concerts on the Square take place on the Capitol Square Wednesdays starting at 7 p.m. For details, visit wcoconcerts.org.