Yesterday marked the first annual Concert on the Square in Madison, WI. This concert series on the Wisconsin Capitol Square is free classical concerts every Wednesday at 7pm from now until July 30 featuring the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra along with a guest performer(s).
Some of the performers featured this season include the typical classical shows featuring Sarah Lawrence and Calland Metts on July 2nd, both featuring their singing voices, Suzanne Beja, a violinist on July 16th, and Pius Cheung, featuring a Marimba on July 23rd. But, if you are not as well versed in classical music, don’t worry. There is still hope. On July 9th, the featured artist will be Robert Wells on piano doing a show called Rhapsody in Rock featuring compositions based on songs by artists Chuck Berry and Billy Joel. And lastly, the final show of the season on July 30th will be with guest performers Jeans & Classics who will be doing a show called Shamrocks!, featuring the music of U2.
Though the concerts are based around classical music, and the performers are notables in the local and national classical music scene, the real fun behind Concerts on the Square stems from the social atmosphere. People drive in from out of town, or walk up to the Capitol from nearby neighborhoods not to really listen to music, but to have a large, social picnic. People bring there best checkered quilts, wine, and refreshing, summer dishes, and sit on the square and talk to their friends all set to classical music.
That being said, if you really like classical music, and if you would like to be able to see the performance, the orchestra sets up on the King St. corner of the square. But, in order to get a seat here, you have to come pretty early. Like, leave-work-hours-before-you-are-supposed-to early. However, don’t fret if you cannot make it there on time. You will be able to hear the music from all around the capitol thanks to speakers that project the concert to all corners of the capitol square.
Click here for the 2014 schedule of Concerts on the Square.