That's a Wrap on Our 39th Season!

Concerts on the Square had a fantastic return to the Capitol Square this summer after 2 years away. Our orchestra loved performing for crowds of over 40,000 spectators at this summer's six events. Our guest soloists and featured artists gave unforgettable performances, and we were all reminded why this Madison summer tradition is such a treasure to the community.

Stay tuned for exciting updates about our upcoming 40th anniversary season in 2023!

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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.

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Plan Your Visit


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 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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We're proud to partner with some of Madison's favorite vendors for this season of Concerts on the Square. See who's joining us at the Square this summer:

  • Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co.
  • Tavernakaya
  • Pizza Brutta
  • SoHo Gourmet Cuisines
  • Nani
  • La Taguara
  • Caracas Empanadas
  • Caracas Arepas
  • Curt's Popcorn
  • Miko Poke
  • Tricky Foods
  • Cultura Cali
  • Curd Girl 

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