Academics

Guest Artist Series

Center for Arts and Performance · 8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Box Office: 414.443.8802

Seating locations are found on the Seating diagram for the Schwan Concert Hall. Click on the event title below for more information.

TICKETS: Student tickets are available only in person at the Box Office. Student-priced tickets may require a student ID at the time of purchase and upon entrance to the event. Student price applies to all students, elementary through college. Ticket prices include 5.6% tax. A $5 transaction fee is added to all mail orders, internet orders, and phone orders.

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2015-2016 Guest Artist Series

NOTE: Only tickets for complete series are available prior to August 1. Individual event tickets go on sale on August 1.

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Keyboard Conversations® Series
- Save 10% on the complete series of four events! ($133.20 with series purchase; $148 at individual event prices)

The 2015-2016 Keyboard Conversations® Series includes Music of a Joyous Celebration (9/30/15), Grieg and Chopin – A Musical Friendship! (12/16/15), Splendor from Silence (2/17/16), and The Golden Age of Piano (4/27/16).

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September
13 Donny Most Sings and Swings 2:30 p.m. $39/$12
30 Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversation® 7:30 p.m. $37/$12
October
16 A Band Called Honalee
Pre-Show Dinner Option
7:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
$39/$12
$22
November
20 Hotel California 7:30 p.m. $39/$12
December
16 Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversation® 7:30 p.m. $37/$12
19 A Rocky Mountain Christmas
Pre-Show Dinner Option
7:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
$39/$12
$22
January
30 Isthmus Brass 7:30 p.m. $28/$12
February
12 Phat Pack - The Best of Broadway
Pre-Show Dinner Option
7:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
$39/$12
$22
17 Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversation® 7:30 p.m. $37/$12
March
11 Four Freshmen 7:30 p.m. $39/$12
April
9 David Osborne Trio
Pre-Show Dinner Option
7:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
$28/$12
$22
27 Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversation® 7:30 p.m. $37/$12


Donny Most Sings and Swings

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Sunday, September 13 - 2:30 p.m.

Donny Most, who is perhaps best known for the role of "Ralph Malph" in the hit series Happy Days, has had a very active schedule, with numerous performances across the nation from New York City to Los Angeles. "I'm back with my first love," says Don. Before Most was an actor, he was a singer. Fans may fondly recall episodes of Happy Days that featured the now iconic characters playing for patrons at the popular hangout called "Al's." Nowadays, Don's backed by a seven-piece combo on a national concert tour titled Donny Most Sings and Swings. Although his red hair is silver now, it's encouraging to see how good he looks and how great he sounds while performing standards like "Lady Is A Tramp," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "It Had To Be You." Most excites the audience by sharing his knowledge of music through warm stylish deliveries and selections of swing, jazz, and rock-and-roll. Don has acted on television and directed several movies, but clearly finds a special connection with music of the Swing Era. Shifting easily between vocal styles, Most pays homage to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and his idol Bobby Darin, while paying tribute to the path that brought him back to his musical roots. Watch a sample video


A Band Called Honalee

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Friday, October 16 - 7:30 p.m.

Pre-Show Dinner Option - 6:00 p.m.

A Band Called Honalee is a modern-day folk trio inspired by the legacy of Peter, Paul & Mary. Musically accomplished, interactive, and energetic, A Band Called Honalee draws inspiration from The Mamas & Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and other legends of 1960s folk-rock. By reinvigorating their iconic songs with fresh harmonies, A Band Called Honalee brings this vital American music back to life once more. The ensemble got its start in the heart of New Year City's East Village in 2009. Since then, they have pursued an active touring schedule around the country. Their self-titled debut CD will be released in the spring of 2015. A Band Called Honalee believes the melodies and messages of the 1960s folk and folk-rock era are just as relevant today as they were when they were first sung, perhaps even more so. Their mission is to share this uniquely American music with new audiences, while rekindling the passion of long-time fans. Above all, they celebrate the undeniable ability of these songs to inspire people and bring them together once again. Watch a sample video


Hotel California

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Friday, November 20 - 7:30 p.m.

Hotel California "A Salute to the Eagles" was founded with the intent of filling the void left by the demise of The Eagles in 1982. By blending their extraordinary vocal and musical talents, Hotel California faithfully and accurately reproduces the sound of the Eagles' studio recordings while re-creating a classic sound which undeniably transcends the boundaries of Rock, R&B, and Country while delivering a modern, action packed performance that brings this timeless music into the new millennium. This band, comprised of five respected, multi-talented top music industry professionals, presents a dynamic exciting show saluting the music of The Eagles, a "supergroup" whose music has proven to have a staying power that few bands lay claim to. Finally, audiences can once again experience the energy and magic of this timeless music. Each concert presents an exciting showcase of The Eagles' mega-hits such as "Take it Easy," "Heartache Tonight," and "Hotel California" as well as newer releases "Get Over It" and "Love will Keep Us Alive." Watch a sample video.

NOTE: This concert will include LOUD, amplified, rock-style music.


A Rocky Mountain Christmas

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Saturday, December 19 - 7:30 p.m.

Pre-Show Dinner Option - 6:00 p.m.

The untimely death of John Denver in 1997 was a tragedy that was felt the world over. Such a void in the musical world left John's ardent fans demanding that his music survive. CBS television responded by producing a made for TV movie, "Take Me Home, the John Denver Story," in which Jim Curry landed an off-camera role singing as the voice of John Denver. This experience inspired Jim to produce full–length John Denver tribute concerts. A family holiday tradition comes to life in "A Rocky Mountain Christmas" as Jim Curry performs the music from John Denver's many Christmas television specials and Christmas music collections. Memorable melodies that speak to the heart of the holidays like "Silver Bells," "Silent Night," and "O Holy Night," along with John's own "Christmas for Cowboys," "Noel, Christmas Eve," "Aspenglow," and "The Peace Carol." Enjoy these songs along with John's all-time hits like "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine On My Shoulders," and "Back Home Again," as Jim Curry and his band "fill up your senses" in this heart-felt show for this special season. Watch a sample video


Isthmus Brass

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Saturday, January 30 - 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of brass-icon John Stevens, and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, the Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin's premiere large brass ensemble. Named for a strip of land between the lakes of Mendota and Monona in Madison, the Isthmus Brass was established in 2009 as some of the most high profile brass players in the region looked for a way to collaborate and perform together. They initially decided on a course of performing some charitable Christmas concerts. Since then the group has taken off on the professional concert circuit and is currently being selected to perform on concert series and at music festivals throughout the Midwest. The credentials of every member in the group is first-rate. Almost every member currently serves on the instrumental music faculty at schools of music including UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-Milwaukee, Carroll University, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Whitewater. Each member of the ensemble has numerous associations with symphony orchestras and brass ensembles across the country. This group is indeed one of the most impressive large brass ensembles in the United States. Watch a sample video


Phat Pack - The Best of Broadway

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Friday, February 12 - 7:30 p.m.

Pre-Show Dinner Option - 6:00 p.m.

The Phat Pack opened in the fall of 2012 in Las Vegas to rave reviews and standing ovations! The show played for almost a year at The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas and then moved uptown on the Las Vegas Strip to Bally's Hotel and Casino. The Phat Pack - The Best of Broadway brings you music, laughter, and dreams featuring Broadway performers who have actually played and sung the lead roles in the famous Broadway productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and others. This phenomenal troupe sings the great songs of Broadway and other popular American standards along with some hilarious new original songs while sharing some stories of their lives and careers! The Phat Pack tips its hat to the tradition of excellence and fun that earlier singers brought to the Las Vegas musical scene of the 50s and 60s - but brings it into the 21st century! Receiving rave reviews after opening in Las Vegas, The Phat Pack was named "Best of Vegas 2013 - Best All Around Performers" by the Las Vegas Review JournalWatch a sample video


Four Freshmen

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Friday, March 11 - 7:30 p.m.

With vocal harmony like no other, The Four Freshmen have enamored listeners worldwide for 65 years and have gained recognition as one of the most influential vocal groups of all time. As freshmen in college, four young men crafted a unique style of vocal harmony that soon caught the ear of the great bandleader Stan Kenton. Kenton was responsible for bringing The Freshmen to Capitol Records where they recorded 23 albums, thrusting them into the national spotlight. In 65 years The Freshmen have recorded over 75 albums, an overwhelming 70 top selling singles, and 6 Grammy Nominations. The Four have toured constantly since their inception, continuing to perform to sold-out audiences around the globe. Although the faces have changed through the years, the integrity of the sound created by the original four members has been meticulously maintained. Performing songs like "Day By Day" and "Blue World," they have introduced new arrangements on some of their personal favorites such as "Stardust," "Something's Gotta Give," "With Plenty Of Money And You," and "A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square" to name a few. This is one not to be missed! Watch a sample video


David Osborne Trio

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Saturday, April 9 - 7:30 p.m.

Pre-Show Dinner Option - 6:00 p.m.

David Osborne is a distinguished member of the international roster of Steinway Artists. Osborne's frequency of playing for present and past presidents has earned him the title of "Pianist to The Presidents." David has played the White House for President Obama and for former presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton as well as a host of dignitaries and celebrities. A serious man with a great sense of humor, David's recordings on the Northstar Music label have become the number one romantic piano recordings sold nationwide, having reached millions of fans. Osborne performs currently at his new home in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He was a fixture at Caesar's Palace for 12 years. He is now featured at the Petrossian Bar and the Baccarat Bar at the Bellagio. As he tours throughout the country with his trio, his music includes romantic, classical, jazz, pop, inspirational, patriotic and Broadway show tunes. David's music encompasses 22 CDs. The sales of his popular recordings are now almost 5 million! Watch a sample video


Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations®
Concerts with Commentary

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Jeffrey Siegel has been soloist with some of the world's greatest orchestras. In the United States, engagements include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and others. Abroad, these include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, and many others. In addition to his solo appearances, Jeffrey Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations®, concerts with lively commentary in an innovative format that differs from traditional recitals and appearances with symphony orchestras. A Keyboard Conversation® is a concert with each work on the program performed in its entirety. Siegel speaks briefly and informally to the audience before performing each composition, illustrating with a few pertinent musical examples from the keyboard. The commentary makes the music more accessible and the listening experience more focused and meaningful for music lovers of all ages. Music teachers who purchase a ticket may request a complimentary ticket to bring a student to experience a Keyboard Conversation® concert. Watch a sample video.

Wednesday, September 30 - 7:30 p.m.
MUSIC OF JOYOUS CELEBRATION
Festive, uplifting works of Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more!

Wednesday, December 16 - 7:30 p.m.
GRIEG AND CHOPIN - A MUSICAL FRIENDSHIP!
Grieg's ability to compose beautiful melodies earned him the title "the Chopin of the North."

Wednesday, February 17 - 7:30 p.m.
SPLENDOR FROM SILENCE
Music of Beethoven, Fauré, and Smetana composed after deafness engulfed these composers.

Wednesday, April 27 - 7:30 p.m.
THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE PIANO
Beloved short compositions from yesteryear, including Dvorák, Debussy, and Mendelssohn.

Programs are subject to change.