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Overture Center on State Street in downtown. Photo by Zane Williams

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Tel: (608) 258.4177

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Live Music Schedule:

Overture Hall

8/30 Bonnie Raitt, Anders Osborne
9/15-17 MSO: feat. Chris Dozoryst (Violist)
9/23 Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
9/28 Straight No Chaser
10/3-8 A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love & Murder
10/14 The Power Of Story: A Centennial Celebration
10/20-22 MSO: feat. Olga Kern (Pianist)
10/23 MSO Organist Ken Cowan and Violinist Lisa Shihoten
10/26 WSMA High School Orchestra, Band, Treble Choir, Mixed Choir Concert
11/10 Bernadette Peters
11/11 Peppa Pig Live!
11/12 A Night With Janis Joplin
11/17-19 MSO: Classical Guitar
11/21-26 Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
11/28 The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent
12/1-3 MSO: Christmas w/ Emily Pogoreic (Soprano)
12/9-26 Madison Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker

Capitol Theater

9/9 Rising Stars Finals
9/16 Gordon Lightfoot
9/19 Rhiannon Giddens
9/22 Mike Birbiglia’s “The New One” (2 Shows)
9/29 Emmylou Harris (Cancelled - Playing at Breese Stevens Fields w/ Ryan Adams)
9/30 Dylan Moran
10/5 Pod Tours America w/ Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, Dan Pfeiffer and Special Guests
10/6 La Santa Cecilia
10/8 Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter Paul & Mary)
10/13 Tim Hawkins, John Branyan
10/14 Graham Nash
10/15 Buddy Guy
10/18 Mary Chapin Carpenter
10/20 Cas Public: Symphonie Dramatique
10/22 Enchantment Theatre Presents: My Father’s Dragon
10/25 David Sedaris
10/26 Bumper Jacksons
11/2 Jeremy Stolle
11/9 Better Yeti, VO5
11/16 Gregory Porter
11/17 Kansas: Leftoverture Tour
12/9-23 CTM Presents: A Christmas Carol

The Rotunda

10/7 Dancing Drum
10/14 Ballet Folklórico de María Díaz
10/21 Tommy Ensemble
10/25 Mad Science Halloween Spooktacular
10/28 Sparky & Rhonda Rucker
11/4 Zoozort
11/11 Madison Ballet
11/24 The Cash Box Kings
11/25 Fox & Branch
12/2 The Disclosures
12/9 Kalaanjali School of Indian Dance
12/16 Yid Vicious

The Playhouse

9/16-17 Madison Contemporary Vision Dance
10/6-22 CTM Presents: Madagascar

Promenade Hall

9/22-10/1 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Main Lobby (6-8pm)


** MSO (Madison Symphony Orchestra)
      * WCO (Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra)

Updated: 8/30/17 1:41pm


Overture Center History:

The First Incarnation
In 1928, the Capitol Theatre opened its doors on State Street. Designed by the renowned Chicago firm of Rapp & Rapp, the Capitol was a marvelous example of the type of opulent movie houses that were built back in the silent film age. Seating 2,500, the theater’s decor had a Moorish/Spanish theme. Uniformed ushers escorted moviegoers to their seats to watch features starring luminaries such as Harold Lloyd and Maurice Chevalier, as well as vaudeville acts like Mae West and Al Jolson. The state of the art building boasted the latest in modern conveniences and, perhaps most wonderful, a Grand Barton theater organ constructed by the Barton Musical Instrument Company of Oshkosh.

Over the years, as vaudeville disappeared and television and multiplexes proliferated, the theater entered a long decline. In 1974, Mayor Paul Soglin set the wheels in motion to open a new performing arts center in Madison.

Act Two
The Capitol Theater was part of extensive construction and renovation on the 200 block of State Street. Equipped with the latest in theater technology and renamed the Oscar Mayer Theatre, it was the main venue in a complex that also included the smaller Isthmus Playhouse, meeting rooms, and a Crossroads lobby connecting the performing arts venues with the Madison Art Museum under the same roof. Opening in 1980, the Madison Civic Center was Madison’s home for great arts and entertainment for 23 seasons. Dane County residents were treated to a range of experiences from luminaries like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Itzhak Perlman, to performances by local arts groups including the Madison Repertory Theatre and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, to free festivals and kids shows in the Crossroads, to the silent film series in which the Grand Barton organ continued to play.

Now Playing
In 1998, local businessman W. Jerome Frautschi made the breathtaking gift of $50 million for the development of a cultural arts district in downtown Madison. He established the Overture Foundation to solve the space needs of the city’s major arts organizations. Eleven months later, he made the decision that he would donate another $50 million more. At the completion of Phase 1 of construction, the announcement was made that Mr. Frautschi had spent an astonishing $205 million to build this state of the art facility.

Internationally famous architect Cesar Pelli was engaged to design the project. It was a challenge to design and construct the facilities within the constraints of a city block in the center of town, but the team has been up to it.

Now complete, the facility contains the fabulous Overture Hall, the intimate Playhouse, three black box spaces, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Wisconsin Academy’s James Watrous Gallery, three community galleries, a soaring glass lobby, and the Capitol Theater, returned to its original name.


On State Street in Madison between W. Dayton Street and N. Henry Street, two blocks down from the State Capitol Square

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