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Wisconsin Union Theater 2016-2017 Season

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 The Wisconsin Union Theater is delighted to announce the 2016-2017 Season. This season we offer a mix of some of the greatest artists of our times with artists you may not know yet but should. We offer classical, world, jazz, a taste of Hollywood and Disney, together with Americana, gospel, and more! Here is Where Tradition Meets the Unexpected. 



 The Magic of Bill Blagg Live -- Free! 

Sunday September 4th, 8pm

Shannon Hall

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Madison World Music Festival––Free!
Including the Mystical Arts of Tibet Sand Mandala Creation & Ceremony
September 13-17, 2016, Shannon Sunset Lounge


- September 16, Memorial Union Terrace, including bands from Zanzibar, India and Sudan

-September 17, Willy Street Fair Large Stage, including performances by bands from Argentina, Brazil, Israel and more.

September 17, Memorial Union: including The Mystical Arts of Tibet Performance, 8pm, Shannon Hall, and more.

- September 29, Memorial Union Terrace, performances by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, 7 pm, and Troker, 9 pm



Nasim Pedrad and Sara Schaefer

Friday, September 23, 2016, 8pm

Shannon Hall

Nasim Pedrad



 Four Seasons Theatre Musical Theatre Open Mic––Free!

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:30pm

Frederic March Play Circle

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David Grisman and Del McCoury

Friday, October 7, 2016, 8pm

Shannon Hall

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 Mike Marshall and Darol Anger

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 8pm

Frederic March Play Circle



The Pleasure of His Company: Our 40 Year Love Affair with William Shakespeare and The First Folio

 Friday, October 21, 2016, 7pm

Shannon Hall

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Aziza: Lionel Loueke/Eric Harland/Dave Holland/Chris Potter

Superband playing blazing Jazz

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8pm

Shannon Hall

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Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily's D+Evolution

Sunday, October 30th, 2016, 7:30pm

Shannon Hall

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Joshua Bell, violin, with Alessio Bax, piano

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 8pm

Shannon Hall




Mandolin Orange with My Bubba

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8pm


 Frederic March Play Circle


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 The Treasure of Taiwan with Buddy Hatton

Travel Adventure Film Series

November 14-15, 2016, 7:30pm

The Marquee, Union South

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Pussy Riot - "In conversation and Q & A"

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 8pm

Shannon Hall

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Blind Boys of Alabama with Liz Vice

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 8pm

Shannon Hall 



The Ten Tenors, Holiday Concert
“Multi-talented vocalists” (BroadwayWorld.com)

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 8pm
Shannon Hall

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The Seldoms

Friday-Saturday, January 27and 28, 2017, 8pm

Fredric March Play Circle

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Four Seasons Theatre Musical Theatre Open Mic––Free!

Thursday,February 2, 2017, 7:30pm

Frederic March Play Circle

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Maarja Nuut
Northern Estonian fiddler, singer and storyteller

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 8pm
Frederic March Play Circle



Gabriela Montero, piano
“Montero’s playing has everything” (New York Times)

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8pm
Shannon Hall


Shadowland by Pilobolus

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 8pm

Shannon Hall

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Gerald Clayton Quartet
"Huge, authoritative presence" (New York Times)

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8pm
Frederic March Play Circle



Four Seasons Theatre Cabaret

Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:30pm

Frederic March Play Circle



"Irish-American supergroup" (NPR)

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 7:30pm
Shannon Hall



Marcia Légère Play Festival––Free!

Friday-Saturday, March 3-4, 2017, 7:30pm

Frederic March Play Circle



Rise Up and Sing! Featuring The Heritage Blues Quintet and Ruthie Foster

"A more potent Carolina Chocolate Drops” (The Independent)

Thursday,March 9, 2017, 8pm
Shannon Hall

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A Week in Paris with Marlin Darrah

Travel Adventure Film Series

March 13-14, 2017, 7:30pm

The Marquee, Union South

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 Mnozil Brass

“The greatest brass group in the history of the genre.” (TrumpetMaster.com)

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 8pm
Shannon Hall

Mnozil Brass


Musical Theatre Idol––Free!

Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30pm

Frederic March Play Circle



My Private Italy with Steve McCurdy

Travel Adventure Film Series

April 10-11, 2017, 7:30pm

The Marquee, Union South

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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
"The best guitar quartet in the world." (The West Australian)

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8pm
Shannon Hall



Zakir Hussain (tabla) with Rahul Sharma (santoor)

Santoor Master with “The most accomplished tabla player ever in Hindustani classical music” (Rolling Stone)

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 8pm
Shannon Hall

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Lea Salonga
Broadway star and voice of Disney princesses Mulan and Jasmine

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 7:30pm
Shannon Hall



Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 2:30pm

Shannon Hall

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Terence Blanchard Featuring the E-Collective
“Jaw-dropping artistry and soulful creativity” (Allmusic.com)

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8pm
Shannon Hall

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This season is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee.  Sponsors include the Anonymous Fund.


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