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Mills Concert Hall

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455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States

Mills Hall is named for Charles H. Mills. From 1914 until his death in 1937, Charles Mills was a professor of music and the director of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin. One of his most noted accomplishments there was “the Wisconsin plan” which provided for the acceptance of music courses for entrance credit by the University of Wisconsin on an equal basis with recognized academic subjects. The high standards Mills set as a basis for granting this increase in entrance credits for music were credited with greatly increasing the quality of public school music education, and the “Wisconsin plan” served as an example for other states to follow.

Mills also elevated the level of music study at the University of Wisconsin. When he came to Wisconsin, the School of Music offered only a two-year course leading to a certificate. During his tenure here, it became a four-year course leading to a Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s and Doctoral programs were introduced. One of Mills’s last public appearances was at the 1937 commencement exercises, where he escorted his first Ph.D. candidate, Robert A. Sromovsky. The program was shifted from a conservatory-type course to a broader educational program in which nearly half the credits earned by graduates were in subjects outside of music including English, History and languages. Mills believed that it was important for musicians to be well-rounded individuals.

Learn more here: http://music.library.wisc.edu/wma/papers/mills_ch/mills_ch.htm

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November 2017

Madrigal Singers – Israelsbrünnlein, Part II

November 17 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Bruce Gladstone, conductor. Presenting Israelsbrünnlein, Part II, by Johann Hermann Schein. Johann Hermann Schein’s collection of 26 motets from 1623 has long been considered the most important set of motets in the early 17th century. Schein, frustrated that there wasn’t a true counterpart of the Italian madrigal to be found in German music, set out to marry the expressiveness of the madrigal to German texts. In this case, he chose to set sacred and mostly biblical texts, rather than the…

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Chorale – “Songs to Live By”

November 18 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Bruce Gladstone, conductor. “Songs to Live By” Music has always had a way to touch our souls the way other things cannot. When paired with poetry that speaks honestly to the human condition, it can lift us out of the merely abstract, touching our souls and offering insight on how we can be better at being human and humane. The Chorale offers a choral song-cycle by composer Gwyneth Walker on autobiographical poems by Virginia Hamilton Adair, as well as three…

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December 2017

“Breaking Ground” with Marc Vallon and friends

December 1 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Presenting music of Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Anton Webern, Iannis Xenakis, and the Piano Sonata No. 32 of Beethoven, with Christopher Taylor on piano. Marc Vallon is professor of bassoon at UW-Madison.

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All-University Strings

December 2 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Matt Chan, conductor.

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Concert Band

December 3 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor.   Program: Psalm for Band - Vincent Persichetti Silver Lining - Anne McAninch, doctoral student in composition Falling - Mark Hetzler      Mark Hetzler, trombone    

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University Bands

December 3 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Western Percussion Ensemble

December 5 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Anthony DiSanza, director. The Western Percussion Ensemble will perform a diverse program comprised of important works from our history and numerous recent compositions. UW-Madison composer Laura Schwendinger’s lovely 2014 composition Aviary will be featured on the program. In addition, recent compositions by Brian Nozny, Andrea Mazzariello and John Eriksson will be presented. “Classic” works by John Cage, Christopher Rouse and Rüdiger Pawassar will round out the program. Laura Schwendinger - Aviary Rüdiger Pawassar - Sculture in Wood Christopher Rouse -…

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DMA Recital: Rayna Slavova, piano

December 8 @ 6:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Rayna Slavova is a DMA candidate in collaborative piano in the studio of Professor Martha Fischer. Program: Prokofiev, sonata for violin and piano No. 1 in F minor, op. 80 Prokofiev, sonata for violin and piano No. 2 in D major, op. 94bi. With Richard Silvers and Paula Su, violins.

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DMA recital: Ariel Garcia, viola

December 8 @ 8:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Violist Ariel Garcia is a second year doctoral student at the Mead Witter School of Music. The program includes works by Bach, Bartok, and Stamitz. Pianist Micah Behr joins Ariel on stage for Bartok. A small chamber orchestra featuring school of music students will accompany Ariel on the Stamitz.

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Choral Union & Symphony Orchestra

December 9 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$8 - $15

Presenting Mozart’s Great C Minor Mass and Brahms’ Schicksalslied. Beverly Taylor, conductor. Saturday concert @ 8:00 PM Sunday concert @ 7:00 PM Ticketed: $15 adults/$8 all students. Ticket information here.

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Choral Union & Symphony Orchestra

December 10 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$8 - $15

Presenting Mozart’s Great C Minor Mass and Brahms’ Schicksalslied. Beverly Taylor, conductor. Saturday concert @ 8:00 PM Sunday concert @ 7:00 PM Ticketed: $15 adults/$8 all students. Ticket information here.

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DMA recital: Anna Siampani, piano

December 12 @ 8:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Anna Siampani is a second year DMA student in piano performance and pedagogy, studying with Prof. Jessica Johnson. Anna will present a solo piano recital featuring works of the early 20th century, blending the American Jazz and the French Impressionistic styles. Compositions include the famous Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and the whole second set of Preludes by Claude Debussy.

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January 2018

Annual Double Reed Day with guest artist Nancy Ambrose King, oboe

January 20, 2018
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Guest artist recital, master classes for oboe and bassoon, and a collegial double reed choir concert. Open to double reeders of all ages. Please check back in fall for more information.  We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts and other activities at the School of Music.

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Schubertiade: “Year by Year” with Martha Fischer & Bill Lutes

January 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$5 - $15

Franz Schubert, aged 16, by Leopold Kupelwieser - pencil drawing (anonymous reproduction), detail, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2294004 A Biographical Schubertiade Songs, Chamber Music, and Piano Duets 1811-1828. This year's Schubertiade will present at least one work from each year of Schubert's all-too-brief but brilliant career. Beginning with one of his earliest piano duets, written when he was 14 years old, and ending with songs from his final year, this 5th Annual Schubertiade at the Mead-Witter School of Music will take place on…

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February 2018

“Chorfest”

February 1, 2018
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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"Chorfest" is a daylong educational and performance workshop for high school choruses from around the state. With the Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and conductors Beverly Taylor and Bruce Gladstone. Final concert, 5 PM, Mills Hall.

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Pro Arte Quartet

February 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello.

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Faculty Recital: Daniel Grabois, horn

February 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Daniel Grabois is associate professor of horn at UW-Madison. This recital will be a collaboration with Professor Christopher Taylor on piano and Assistant Professor Soh-Hyun Altino on violin. Program to come.

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Guest Artist: Marina Lomazov, piano

February 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Part 1 of events associated with UW-Madison's Keyboard Day (Saturday, February 17). Click here for Keyboard Day details. Praised by critics as “a diva of the piano” (The Salt Lake City Tribune), “a mesmerizing risk-taker” (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), and “simply spectacular” (Chicago International Music Foundation) Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Lomazov has established herself as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today. Following prizes in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition,…

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Concert Band

February 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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Western Percussion Ensemble

February 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Wind Ensemble

February 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor.

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Symphony Strings

February 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Wisconsin Brass Quintet

February 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Alex Noppe and Matthew Onstad, trumpets; Mark Hetzler, trombone; Tom Curry, tuba; and Daniel Grabois, horn. With special guest Anthony DiSanza, percussion. http://www.wisconsinbrassquintet.com

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Faculty Duo Recital: Mark Hetzler, trombone, & Martha Fischer, piano

February 28, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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This concert will showcase music from their recent Summit Records CD release, Themes and Meditations, featuring the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Frank Bridge.

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March 2018

Faculty Recital: Parry Karp, cello and Eli Kalman, piano

March 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Wingra Wind Quintet

March 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Timothy Hagen, flute; Aaron Hill, oboe; Alicia Lee, clarinet; Joanna Schulz, horn; Marc Vallon, bassoon.

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University Bands

March 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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“Le Domaine Musical” with Marc Vallon and friends

March 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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20th century music and more.

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Guest Artists: Cortona Duo

March 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Performing Laura Schwendinger's Love Sonnets.

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Faculty Recital: Timothy Hagen, flute

March 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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New adjunct flute professor Timothy Hagen will be featured in his first faculty recital, with Aaron Hill, oboe, and Thomas Kasdorf, piano. Works by Gaetano Donizetti, W. F. Bach, Laura Schwendinger, Samuel Zyman, and Timothy Hagen will be performed.

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“Symphony Showcase” Concerto Winners Solo Recital & Reception

March 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Free - $10

Chad Hutchinson, conductor. Concerto winners announced in December. A reception will follow the concert. $10 adults, free to all students and children. Ticket information here.

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Concert Band

March 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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“Sounding Beckett” – The Intersection of Music and Drama, featuring the Cygnus Ensemble

March 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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A two-day event focused on music inspired by the playwright, Samuel Beckett. Featuring a concert by New York’s Cygnus Ensemble, instrumental master classes, a lecture and panel discussion with Patricia Boyette, UW-Madison professor of theatre & drama, and a reading/workshop of student composers’ pieces. More information to come. http://www.cygnusensemble.com We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts and other activities at the School of Music.

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April 2018

Prof. James Doing Voice Studio Concert

April 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Teaching Favorites for the Voice Studio English, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish selections performed by Voice Professor James Doing and his studio.

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Wind Ensemble

April 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor.

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Faculty Concert: Alicia Lee, clarinet

April 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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 Alicia Lee, assistant professor of clarinet,  will present a diverse program of works for clarinet.

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Low Brass Ensemble

April 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Twisted Metal Horn Ensemble

April 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Daniel Grabois, director.

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Pro Arte Quartet

April 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello.

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Combined Choirs Concert

April 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Concert Choir

April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Beverly Taylor, conductor.

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Choral Union & Chamber Orchestra – Part 1

April 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$8 - $15

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, part 1 (4 pm) & part 2 (7 pm). Beverly Taylor, conductor.

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Choral Union & Chamber Orchestra – Part 2

April 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$8 - $15

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, part 1 (4 pm) & part 2 (7 pm). Beverly Taylor, conductor.

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Symphony Orchestra

April 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chad Hutchinson, conductor.

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Wind Ensemble

April 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor.

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Western Percussion Ensemble

April 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Madrigal Singers & Chorale

April 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Presenting “Free Wheeling: A Tribute to the Bicycle” with choirs and a jazz quintet. Bruce Gladstone, conductor.

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Concert Band

April 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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University Bands

April 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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All-University Strings

April 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Matt Chan, conductor.

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