Your favorite Madison summer tradition is back! This season features three-time Grammy nominated Latin band Tiempo Libre, the 17-year-old winner of our Young Artist Concert Competition, WCO's own Concertmaster Suzanne Beia, a collaboration with Kanopy Dance, and many other exciting moments. Make sure to mark your calendars because we have a lot to look forward to on the Capitol Square this season.

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Maestro Andrew Sewell Starts his 25th Season

While 2023 marked the 40th anniversary of this iconic summer concert series, this year marks another very special anniversary for the WCO; Andrew Sewell will celebrate the start of his 25th Season as our conductor. In honor of this anniversary, we invite you to join the Friends of the WCO with a donation of as little as $5/month. As a Friend of the WCO, you’re the backbeat of our organization, providing funding crucial to our mission: Making our community a better place through music.

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Reserving a table at Concerts on the Square® is the perfect way to entertain clients, have fun with family and friends, show new Madison residents what our community has to offer, and support a Madison Summer tradition. Tables are available on a first come first serve basis so make sure to get yours fast!

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RAIN CALL

The decision to continue or cancel a concert due to weather conditions will be made at 3 PM on concert days. The official announcement will be made on wcoconcerts.org and on the WCO’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Email will also be sent to WCO subscribers. If the concert is postponed at that time, it will be held the following day at 7 PM. If the concert is not postponed by 3 PM but is subsequently canceled due to poor weather conditions, that week’s concert will not be held or may be cut short.

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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 250,000 patrons come together on the Square for this six-concert series.

2024 Season Lineup

June 26, 2024

Tiempo Libre 2.0

Tiempo Libre

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July 3, 2024

Fanfare on the Square

Darryl Taylor, Countertenor & Middleton High School Choir

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July 10, 2024

In Nature's Realm

Bill Miller, flute & Jane Story, violin

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July 17, 2024

Trumpet Squared

Andrew Balio, trumpet & Matthew Onstad, trumpet

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July 24, 2024

On the Town

Suzanne Beia, violin & Kanopy Dance Company

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July 31, 2024

Rhapsody in Blue

John Novacek, piano

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