Season 15/16 Announced

The Wisconsin Union Theater proudly presents the 2015-2016 Season! With performers like Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and many more, this season promises outstanding shows from blues to cabaret!

Tickets for Season 2015/16 are available now!
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Featured Events

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Thursday, Sep 10, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

General Public: $50, 37.50. Golden Circle: $50. Wisconsin Union Members: $35. Students (with ID): $30.

Bela Fleck and Abigail WashburnThirty-time Grammy nominee and 15-time Grammy winner, Bela Fleck joined forces with musician Abigail Washburn in 2013 for a tour and release of their collaborative album debuting at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts. The fusion of their talents on the banjo and their passion for folk has created an unstoppable pair and powerful, ear-pleasing music and performances.


Wednesday, Sep 16, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater

Tickets go on sale Monday, August 24, 2015! UW-Madison Students: $10 Union Members, UW Faculty Staff and Non UW-Madison Students: $15 General Public: $19

Carly Aquilino and Jenny ZigrinoFemale comedian power-houses Carly Aquilino and Jenny Zigrino are bringing their undeniably hysterical stand-up to the Wisconsin Union Theater. Aquilino is a stand-up comedian described by audience members as "funny" and by her father as "a huge mistake." A New York native, Carly first stepped on stage at Gotham Club and has since risen in the comedy scene, performing as the most popular clubs in New York. She feels proud of having her stand-up featured on Sirius XM radio and is especially proud that she once made her grandma Marilyn laugh so hard that her teeth fell out. With the sweetness of the Midwest and the iron balls of the East Coast, Zigrino is a comedian who packs a punch of truly original humor. She's charmed audiences across the country with her wit, keen observations, embarrassing anecdotes, and brilliant honesty for a compelling performance you can't ignore. She made her late night debut on Conan O'Brien and was a finalist in Comedy Central's 2013 "Up Next" Comics to Watch. She took 2nd place on the TBS show "Funniest Wins," hosted by Marlon Wayans. She was featured on Oxygen's "My Crazy Love," IFC's "Young, Broke, and Beautiful," and FOX's "LaughsTV." She's a regular performer at the Women in Comedy Festival and has also performed at the New York Comedy Festival, RIOTLA Comedy Festival, The 9s Music Festival, Great American Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, and many others.


Friday, Sep 18, 8:00 AM
Memorial Union - Terrace and Willy Street Fair

Free!

Madison World Music FestivalGreat music from around the globe is free to the public for two days with the 12th Annual Madison World Music Festival. Artists performing music from Niger, South Korea, Algeria, Cuba, Ethiopia and Georgia are set to transport audiences to new worlds. The festival has a unique selection of music for everyone to explore, sample and appreciate.


Saturday, Sep 19, 8:00 AM
Memorial Union - Terrace and Willy Street Fair

Free!

Madison World Music FestivalGreat music from around the globe is free to the public for two days with the 12th Annual Madison World Music Festival. Artists performing music from Niger, South Korea, Algeria, Cuba, Ethiopia and Georgia are set to transport audiences to new worlds. The festival has a unique selection of music for everyone to explore, sample and appreciate.


Thursday, Sep 24, 9:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

Free!

Zola JesusBeginning to practice and perform opera at the age of 10, Zola Jesus's training as a singer prepared her for a performance career and the release of five albums of electronic and experimental rock music as an adult. Her distinct sound and exploration of various rock influences produce emotive music and powerful performances full of passion, skill and talent.


Tuesday, Oct 06, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Union Theater, Shannon Hall

$35, $45, $55, $100

Joan ArmatradingThe first female artist from the United Kingdom to gain international success and debut on the Billboard Blues chart at number one, and the first female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in blues, Joan Armatrading has impressed audiences for over 42 years. Her exploration of jazz, rock, folk and blues has generated a diverse repertoire that she will share as a part of her final, large-scale, solo tour.


Thursday, Oct 08, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

General Admission: $40.00 / $36.00 / $27.50; Students: $10.00; Union Members: $36.00 / $32.00 / $27.50

Compania Flamenca Jose PorcelJose Porcel began dancing the flamenco and Andalucian folk dances at the age of 13 and started studying dance when he was 16 years old. The dances the company creates and performs are fierce, passionate and breathtaking, accompanied by upbeat music produced by a live band of gifted musicians.


Thursday, Oct 08, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle

Free!

Four Seasons Musical Theater Open Mic


Friday, Oct 09, 7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle, Wisconsin Union Theater

Free!

InDIGenous Jazz Series: Trumpeter David Cooper and his QuartetUniversity of Wisconsin-Platteville associate professor of trumpet and jazz studies and all-around trumpet pro, David Cooper is one of the most versatile trumpet players in the Midwest. Cooper earned his doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Isthmus Brass and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. His own compositions include adaption of the Bach cello for trumpet and jazz transcription books. He released his new jazz CD titled The Journey earlier this year.


Thursday, Oct 15, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Wisconsin Union Theater, Shannon Hall

General Public: $40.50, 27.50. Wisconsin Union Member & Non UW-Madison Students: $36.50, 27.50. UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $38.50, 27.50. UW-Madison Students (with ID): $10.

Joyce YangAt just 27 years old, Julliard-trained and award-winning pianist Joyce Yang has performed alongside the likes of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and the BBC Philharmonic, among others. Her innovative solo recitals and impressive stage presence have captivated audiences around the globe.


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