July 20, 2022 — 7:00 PM
King Street corner of the Capitol Square
Madison, Wisconsin

The Planets & Ho-Chunk with Elliott Funmaker and the Wisconsin Dells Singers & Dancers

We are thrilled to share with you that Concerts on the Square will return to its home on the Capitol Square this summer. Starting June 29, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will present six weeks of remarkable concerts: world-class guest artists, new collaborations, classical favorites, world premieres, and more!

Guest artists: Darren Thompson, flute; Elliott Funmaker and The Wisconsin Dells Singers & Dancers

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The Wisconsin Dells Singers & Dancers

Land Acknowledgement

Acknowledging Ho-Chunk Nation’s ancestral lands, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra celebrates the rich traditions, heritage, and culture that thrived long before our arrival. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra respectfully recognizes this Ho-Chunk land and affirms that we are better when we stand together.

Elliott Funmaker

Elliott Funmaker, photographed by Mike Rausch

About Elliott Funmaker

Elliott Funmaker, Sr. is the manager and head singer of the Wisconsin Dells Singers & Dancers Troupe. His father, Kenneth Funmaker, formed the Wisconsin Dells Singers in 1976. Elliott is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, with ties to Meskwaki Settlement in Tama, IA, from his mother Ruby (Keahna) Funmaker.

Elliott believes that there are so many misconceptions about Native Americans and feels educational and cultural presentations can change that. As an example, most people call Native Americans attire "costumes," rather than the correct terminology, Regalia. 

Elliott is a 3rd generation performer; he started dancing as a Grass dancer when he was just two years old, moved onto a Fancy dancer, Singer, and Traditional dancer at Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial. Elliott has over 57 years of experience singing and dancing. The majority of the performers in the Wisconsin Dells Singers & Dancers are Funmaker family members.

Elliott currently manages and performs with the Wisconsin Dells Singers & Dancers Troupe, of which he has been the head singer since 1999. The troupe has performed at many venues such as the Overture center, Kids in the Rotunda, Mount Horeb Festival, Wild West Days and numerous schools, conference, and more. His main passion is singing at Native American PowWows.

Darren Thompson

Darren Thompson, flute. Photograph by Tara Rose Weston, Oglala Lakota

ABOUT FLUTIST DARREN THOMPSON

Darren Thompson (Ojibwe/Tohono O’odham) is a Native American flute player and educator from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. He is one of Crazy Horse Memorial's main performers and the opening act of Brulé's summer concert series in the Black Hills.

In 2016, Darren's dedication to his music earned him a nomination from the Native American Music Awards for "Flutist of the Year" with the release of his second album, "Between Earth and Sky: Native American Flute Music Recorded in the Black Hills".

Program

HOLST | The Planets, I. Mars, the Bringer of War
FUNMAKER (ARR. SEWELL) | Dejope Song
FUNMAKER
| Ho-Chunk Marine Corps Song
FUNMAKER (ARR. LATTIMER) | Dane 175 Soldier Chief Song (Sesquicentennial 2011)


DARREN THOMPSON
| Amazing Grace
HOLST
| The Planets, IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
HOLST
| The Planets, III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
LISZT
| Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

SOUSA | Wisconsin Forward Forever!

*Program subject to change

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