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 The Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee plans and promotes events for the historic Wisconsin Union Theater stage, ranging from modern dance and classical concerts, to travel adventure films and Broadway musicals. The Performing Arts Committee programs a variety of events to provide a diverse and cultural experience for students, faculty, alumni, and the Madison area community. The Performing Arts Committee members also have the unique opportunity to work directly with artists throughout the booking process and on the day of the show.

Through the Concert Series, Jazz Series, World Stage Series, and special events, our committee selects a season that offers artistic integrity, diversity, and campus outreach and involvement between the performers and students.

All free events sponsored by WUD Performing Arts Committee are intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, Union members, and guests.

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Get In Touch

 Azura Tyabi, Director
performingarts@union.wisc.edu

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Committee Meetings

Weekly Meetings: Thursdays, 6-7 PM at Memorial Union

Upcoming Events

Sep
19
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
Called “thrilling, virtuosic, baffling and fitfully exasperating” (The Guardian), singer, songwriter, and bassist esperanza spalding’s jazz-fusion works are truly timeless.
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Sep
26
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
“One of the smartest, most dynamic ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune), Eighth Blackbird has led the pack of entrepreneurial chamber music collectives for nearly 20 years.
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Sep
27
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Ticketed Event
Guided by a spirit of collaboration, the chamber music collective Eighth Blackbird teams up with the UW Wind Ensemble to perform Vital Sines by Viet Cuong.
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Sep
28
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
The 2024 GRAMMY winner for Best Alternative Jazz Album, iconic bassist, singer, rapper, and composer Meshell Ndegeocello bridges the worlds of rock, funk, neo-soul, Hip Hop, and jazz.
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Oct
2

Chanticleer

Music
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
Founded in 1978 in San Francisco, the a cappella choir Chanticleer has become one of the most enduring, prolific and well-known early music ensembles in the US today.
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Oct
10

Somi

Music
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
With “African grooves, supple jazz singing, and compassionate social consciousness” (The New York Times), Somi proves that artistic excellence and humanitarianism go hand in hand.
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Oct
17
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
Known for combining shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, sound effects, and live music, Manual Cinema explores the beauty and horror of creation through a reimagining of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein.
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Oct
23

SHABAKA

Music
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
A leader in the renaissance of British Jazz, London-born multi-instrumentalist SHABAKA has performed classical concertos with major orchestras, fronted significant bands and released critically acclaimed albums.
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Nov
1
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been winning acclaim in Europe for more than a decade for his lyricism and subtle interpretations.
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Nov
22

PUBLIQuartet

Music
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
This innovative string quartet's latest program, Rhythm Nation, explores works that draw inspiration from a wide range of American rhythmic traditions.
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Dec
5
8 - 10 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
Called “one of the most formidable microphone mavens in the game” (Okayplayer), Sa-Roc makes Hip Hop in which skills serve social change and rhymes always have reasons.
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Jan
30
8 - 10 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
North Carolina’s Solemn Brigham blends indie rap, blues, rock, and even old Hollywood, in original songs that draw in listeners with thoughtful and inspired lyrics.
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Feb
6
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
Samora Pinderhughes is a composer, pianist, vocalist, filmmaker, and multidisciplinary artist known for deep examinations of sociopolitical issues and the skilled use of art as activism.
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Feb
13
8 - 10 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
Headed by a powerhouse trio that includes Pharoahe Monch, th1rt3en stands out for its live instrumentation, old-school grit, and incisive lyrics with deep perspective on the world today.
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Feb
21
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event
The award-winning Goldmund Quartet continues to rise to the top of its generation with performances that capture chamber music’s deep interiority and bring it out for all to experience.
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