Concerts on the Square return to Breese Stevens Field

We are thrilled to announce that the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square will return to Breese Stevens Field, Wednesdays from July 7 - August 4, 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 public health guidelines to limit crowd size and maintain safe social distancing practices, all five concerts will move from the Capital Square just blocks away at Breese Stevens Field.

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FAQs

WILL THERE be concerts on the square this year?

Live music is back! We just need to do so very responsibly, a few blocks away from the Capital Square at Breese Stevens Field, where audience size will be limited for safety of our community and musicians. Five concerts will be performed live, and live-streamed, on Wednesdays, July 7 - August 4 at Breese Stevens Field in Madison.

WHY Breese Stevens FIELD?

Safety and public health mandates limit our audience size to approximately 1,500 people per concert. Breese Stevens Field with Frank Productions and the Sylvee are devoted to bringing live music back to Madison this summer. And we couldn't be more excited to be part of the summer line-up. 

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN ATTEND SAFELY?

Approximately 1,500 can attend under the current public health order (April 2021). To manage audience size, we must control attendance by ticket reservations. Tickets will be made available around Memorial Day. No other ticket ordering are available at this time. Please sign up for WCO emails to stay in the loop on the freshest updates!

WHAT TYPES OF SEATING ARE AVAILABLE? How ABOUT MY BLANKET?

Great question! Blanket pods for groups up to 6 will allow for safe distancing on the field. In addition, we will have general seating in the bleachers for approximately 300 people, safely distanced, and our traditional tables of 6 on the field near the orchestra. 

We’ll expand seating capacity at Breese Stevens as county public health orders allow throughout our summer season

CAN I BRING my COOLER, food and drinks in?

Unfortunately, no. To meet public health needs, there will be no carry-in food or beverage allowed at Concerts on the Square this year. Instead, Breese Stevens Field will have food and drink available for purchase.

Will I still be able to enjoy Concerts on the Square if I can’t be there in person?

Yes! All five Concerts on the Square performances will be live-streamed on wcoconcerts.org, free for everyone to enjoy. 

What is being done to keep the WCO musicians safe?

The WCO musicians and staff are taking every precaution to ensure WCO musicians remain healthy and safe while performing. Strategies we use include distancing members of the orchestra while playing, sanitation before and during performances, rehearsing and performing in venues with good airflow, and requiring masks for all musicians who can wear them while playing their instruments. The WCO musicians have been very involved in creating our official safety documentation, and their input has been invaluable.

WILL CONCERTS RETURN TO THE CAPITAL SQUARE IN 2022?

Yes, that is our hope and our plan once our community can safely return to large outdoor performances.


The safety of our patrons, the WCO musicians and our community continues to be our top priority in 2021. We are excited to have you be part of Concerts on the Square in 2021 in whichever way you’re able to join us this summer. Thank you!

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