40th Anniversary
Concerts on the Square

In honor of the 40th anniversary season of Concerts on the Square in 2023, we are collecting stories to share with our community about the impact that this Madison tradition has had over the years. Anyone who shares their story will be entered to win drawings for free tickets, complimentary tables, merchandise and more!

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History of Concerts on the Square

In the winter of 1983, Madison businesswoman Pleasant Rowland saw the opportunity to improve access to the arts and create a sense of community while gathering on the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol lawn. By the summer of 1984, that idea evolved into the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's first season of Concerts on the Square. Like today, the series was completely free of charge for the entire community. It has grown into a gem of Madison, and annually over 200,000 patrons come together on the Square for this six-concert series.

Check back for more information about our 40th Season of Concerts on the Square.

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