March 19, 2023 — 5:00 PM
Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

Concerts on the Square 40th Anniversary Gala

To celebrate the 40th Season of Concerts on the Square, the WCO presents Concerts & Cuisine on March 19th, 5:00 PM at the Madison Concourse Hotel. Featuring 25 chefs, brewers, vintners, and distillers competing for best signature dish or drink, attendees can expect to experience a "full" evening of everything we love about Concerts on the Square – the ambiance, the atmosphere, and the community that had made this tradition what it is today.

A special thank you to our co-chairs Susan and Jonathan Lipp!

For Attendees - Register Early & Share With Guests

Sunday's auction will be run digitally - even for in-person attendees!
The items will be on display at the event, but in order to bid, you'll need to download the Givi App. Please take a moment to get registered before the day of the event and avoid long wait-times during check in at the event.

There are a bunch of perks to using the app, including a smoother checkout process with shorter wait times for you, and the ability to set your max bid on items and walk away to enjoy your evening! Please reach out with any questions to Daniel Sims at [email protected].

To download the app for an iPhone, click the App Store button. To download the app for an Android, click the Google Play button. 

Click here for step-by-step instructions

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Attendees at Concerts on the Square, 1987

"The feeling that all are welcome to experience a genre of music that may typically be less accessible to some is wonderful."


Executive Chef Evan Dannells | Cadre
Owner Luis Dompablo | Caracas Arepas & Caracas Empanadas
Executive Chef Benjamin Serum | DelecTable
Executive Chef Robert Negron | Double Cut Steak House
Executive Chef Mary Kastman | Driftless Café
Executive Chef Dan Fox | Heritage Tavern
Executive Chef Ken Yan | Imperial Garden
Distillers Joe and Liz Henry | J. Henry & Sons
Executive Chef Juan Umaña | Jardin
Brewmaster Kirby Nelson | Lake Louie Brewing
Executive Chef Tory Miller | L'Etoile & Graze
Executive Chef Sami Fgaier | Le Personal Chef
Executive Chef Dave Heide | Little John's & Ollie's
Chef and Owner Kristy Heine | Marigold Kitchen
Executive Chef Marty Barry + Bar Manager Abe Konneh | Lucille & Merchant
Executive Chef Justin Jiang | Nani
Executive Chef Scott Harrell | RARE Steakhouse
Executive Chef Juan Montes | Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Master Chef Joe Perkins + Executive Chef Lauren Cahillane | SASS
John Mleziva, Founder & Distiller + Michael McDonald, Bar Manager & Spirits Ambassador | State Line Distillery
Executive Chef Juan Martinez | The Statehouse
Executive Chef Kevin Kuo | Tavernakaya
Vintner Philippe Coquard | Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
Executive Chef Romain Coquard | Wollersheim Bistro

40 Years, No Rests
Building the Community Beat

Forty years of meaningful music. Pleasant Rowland founded it, Madison embraced it, and the attendees, supporters, and sponsors continued it. Each summer, Madisonians have been reveling in live music through Concerts on the Square – coming as they are – experiencing live classical music in a unique atmosphere. Each concert and season is made up of not only the music, but all of the individual elements that come together, allowing for an authentic experience that can never be replicated. It doesn’t matter if you know classical music or not, Concerts on the Square is place where everyone is welcome to engage in the art of the orchestra.


Maestro Sponsor
Jun & Sandy Lee

Soloist Sponsors
Alexander Company
Diane Ballweg
Susan & Jonathan Lipp
Tom Neujahr & Julie Underwood
Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation

Concertmaster Sponsors
Jon Anderson, Joe Diedrich, and Di Huibregtse
Anonymous patrons of the arts
Mike George and Linda Bergen
Newcomb Construction

Principal Sponsors
Audio Biz
Baker Tilly
Boardman Clark
First Business Bank
Alan Fish & Susan Goodwin
Hausmann Group
HealthX Ventures
Krupp Construction
M3 Insurance
Larry Midtbo
Neider Boucher
Sarah Neujahr and Anne Neujahr Morrison
U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management
Brian Yahn
Kenneth & Virginia Yuska