What Madison arts venues are closed in light of the coronavius

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Many large scale events like South by Southwest have been canceled in light of the concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19. In Madison, many venues have canceled or postponed events.

The World’s Largest Brat Fest — which books dozens of local and national musical acts on Memorial Day Weekend on the grounds of the Alliant Energy Center — has been postponed to Aug. 28-30. Musicians from Madison and beyond are also affected by Summerfest in Milwaukee being pushed back from June and July to Sept. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19.

FPC Live, which books concerts for Majestic, The Sylvee, The Orpheum and High Noon Saloon, released a statement saying they will be canceling or postponing all events through March 31.

The Overture Center for the Arts, which is currently hosting the Broadway musical “Wicked,” has canceled all performances of the show. It has also canceled all events through April 13.

“All of us at Overture Center will remain vigilant in our actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are prepared to make decisions based on current needs, as well as in response to changing conditions. Watch our website for the most current information,” a statement reads on its website.

In lieu of the Overture cancelations, Kanopy Dance Co. separately announced the cancelation of the April 17-19 run of “The Far Out Prophacies of Nostradamus,” a collaboration with Madison theater company Are We Delicious? 

“Kanopy Dance will likely open [its] 2020-21 main stage season with ‘Nostradamus’ this fall,” an email from Kanopy said.

The dance company is also “in discussions” with Overture to reschedule another Kanopy production, “Martha Graham: The Next Generation,” so that show’s May 9-10 dates may change, too.

All Kanopy Dance Academy classes are cancelled for the time being.

The Bartell Theatre has cancelled all performances through April 13. Other shows set for late April and May have been postponed.

“The remainder of our 2019-2020 is uncertain,” read a statement on the theatre website. “For now, all ticket sales have been deactivated. We will re-activate sales and post new show dates once rescheduling becomes possible.”

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra concert ticket holders were told of the postponement of the March 27th Masterworks III Concert at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. The performance, which was to feature harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, had yet to be rescheduled. WCO’s ”

In an email, WCO suggested that those who bought tickets “consider exchanging or donating the cost of your ticket back to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. As an arts nonprofit, your support is vital to our organization during this challenging time as we navigate the significant ongoing impact the COVID-19 pandemic. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and continued support.”

Comedy Club on State has canceled all shows through March 24.

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is closed. The museum canceled opening events for “Uncommon Accumulation: The Mark and Judy Bednar Collection of Chicago Imagism” and the fundraiser “Chroma.”

MMoCA says in a release they are taking additional steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, including providing hand sanitizer at key locations throughout the museum.

As the Chazen Museum of Art is closed until further notice. To help lessen the risk to the community, the Chazen is canceling all public programming at the museum from March 14 through April 12.

UW Cinematheque, which is also part of UW–Madison, is cancelling all programs through April 12 as well.

UW–Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music canceled several concerts in March and April.

University Theatre canceled performances of “The Wolves” April 9-19. Performances slated for April 23-26 have been postponed and will be reevaluated in early April.

The Stoughton Opera House has revised its spring schedule and has suspended all tours and performances until April 12.

ARTS for ALL Wisconsin — formerly VSA (Very Special Arts) Wisconsin — has suspended all activities until further notice. That includes all classes and in-person activities at its Aberg Avenue location. The art gallery and giftshop are closed. The statewide organization for people with disabilities has also temporarily suspended all six of its choirs based in Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Wisconsin Rapids. Artist in residencies throughout the state have also halted.

However, the ARTS for ALL Wisconsin Awards and Public Reception set for May 2 was not cancelled as of March 19.

This list will be updated as Madison Magazine learns more.

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