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Concerts on the Square kicks off 'Midsommer'

June 23, 2014

By Gayle Worland, The Wisconsin State Journal

June 23--Pack the picnic basket for Capitol Square -- and don't forget the international snacks.

This year's Concerts on the Square will feature a smorgasbord of music from around the world performed by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and its guest artists. Held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays from June 25 to July 30, the concert series kicks off with Scandinavian fare in "Midsommer Stars" and concludes with music from Ireland, including tunes from the legendary rock band U2, in "Shamrocks!"

Listeners are invited to bring a picnic supper, cater their own feast at a reserved table or purchase from food vendors starting at 5 p.m.

A children's activity area also opens at 5 p.m.

Blankets can be placed on the lawn as early as 3 p.m.

But it's the music -- led by Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra music director Andrew Sewell -- that really sets the scene for Concerts on the Square, held on the King Street corner of the Square. Here's the lineup for the event's 31st season:

June 25: "Midsommer Stars" with guest artist Isabella Wu, piano, winner of the 2014 Young Artist Concerto Competition.

July 2: "American Fanfare," with guest artists Sarah Lawrence, soprano, and Calland Metts, tenor.

July 9: "Rhapsody in Rock," featuring pianist Robert Wells.

July 16: "A Little Night Music," with guest artist Suzanne Beia, violin.

July 23: "Marimba Magic," showcasing Pius Cheung on marimba.

July 30: "Shamrocks!" with guest artists Jeans 'n Classics: The Music of U2.

Program details, weather cancellation information and concert etiquette guidelines can all be found on the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra website,


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Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI)