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 in Madison on Wednesday evenings from July 7 - August 4, 2021. Gates open at 5:30 PM. Concerts begin at 7 PM. All concerts will also be live-streamed for free on wcoconcerts.org.

Due to the COVID-19 public health guidelines to limit crowd size and maintain safe social distancing practices, we committed to performing all five concerts at a smaller outdoor venue, Breese Stevens Field, just blocks from the Capitol Square. Audience size will be limited to 5,000 for the safety of our community and musicians. 

FAQs

WHERE DO I PURCHASE TICKETS?

You can also purchase online at breesestevensfield.com. Tickets can also be purchased day-of-performance at the Breese Stevens Field box office, open Wednesdays (or Thursdays, if we have a rain call) at 4:30 PM.

ARE TICKETS MOBILE-ONLY?

Yes, all tickets for general seating, reserved seating and blanket pods will be mobile only as a standard practice by our event venue partner. See the mobile ticket example here. No printed tickets will be produced.

Tickets can be purchased day-of-performance at the Breese Stevens Field box office, open Wednesdays (or Thursdays, if we have a rain call) at 4:30 PM.

Are tickets refundable? 

No, tickets are not refundable and cannot be exchanged. We do encourage you to share your tickets with a friend if you are unable to attend a performance.

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 admission seating in the bleachers for approximately 3,500 people, and our reserved patron tables on the field near the orchestra. 

We may expand seating capacity as county public health orders allow throughout our summer season.

CAN I BRING A LAWN CHAIR?

Blankets and lawn chairs are welcomed for blanket pod patrons. If you reserve a blanket pod (does not apply to bleacher or reserved seating), you may bring in a blanket for your 8 x 8-foot pod. In addition, one lawn chair is allowed per person who is part of a reserved blanket pod. Blankets and all lawn chairs must be kept within your pod at all times.

CAN I BRING my COOLER, food and drinks?

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 picnic sandwiches, sides and drink options 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 IF IT RAINS?

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, Instagram, Twitter pages. Emails may also be sent to the 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. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.

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.

Safety measures

Masking is strongly encouraged, especially for those not fully vaccinated. Masks should be worn until patrons get to their seats. Socially-distanced blanket pod seating and patron tables on the field will remain 6’ apart to offer audience members a safe-distancing option as the community returns to live music experiences.

WILL CONCERTS RETURN TO THE CAPITAL SQUARE IN 2022?

Yes, that is our hope and our plan. See you in June 2022 on the Square! 

WHY BREESE STEVENS FIELD?

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.

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