Stoughton Opera House

Southern Wisconsin's Most Charming Theatre

The historic Stoughton Opera House is located in Stoughton, WI just a few minutes south-east of Madison. The theater plays host to a wide variety of musical and theatrical performances throughout the season - rock, folk, classical, oddities, comedy...you name it. Known for sublime acoustics and an early 20th century aesthetic, don't pass on a chance to see a show or just pay a visit to the Stoughton Opera House.

 

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society is a homegrown classical music festival noted for diverse music, distinguished nationally-known and Wisconsin musicians, and delightful surprises.  All are invited to this playground for some serious fun!

Our theme for 2018 is Toy Stories. Chamber music is a great vehicle for recapturing that spirit of imaginative play that came to us so easily as kids. Our “toys” aren’t dolls and bears and rubber ducks, but incredible pieces of music that live and breathe, that have their own personalities, that cry with us and laugh with us. We “play” chamber music in every sense of that word. Each of our programs is organized around our quirky take on iconic toys. And in celebration of our 27th season, we’ve scattered various “27s” across our programs.

Just ask Ernie from Sesame Street: there’s nothing like a rubber ducky to transform bath time into fun time. Our week-three program RUBBER DUCKY, YOU’RE THE ONE makes concert time fun time, too, featuring music connected (sometimes obliquely) to waterfowl. This theme might seem unpromising, but in fact is the inspiration for a great program of chamber music. We start with Prokofiev’s whimsical settling of The Ugly Duckling for soprano and piano. Naturally we include The Swan, Saint-Saëns famous work for cello and piano. The British impressionist composer Eugene Goossens (get it?) is represented by  Four Sketches, a beautiful work for flute, violin, and piano. We include Ravel’s Mother Goose, a masterpiece of the four-hand piano repertoire, as well as a set of songs about ducks, geese, and swans by composers as varied as Orlando Gibbons, Gian Carlo Menotti, Emmanuel Chabrier, Gabriel Fauré, and Samuel Barber. In honor of our 27th season, the program concludes with Mozart’s 27th piano concerto, one of his greatest works.

Our third week features radiant soprano Emily Birsan, an audience favorite, singing the Prokofiev and Barber songs as well as Richard Strauss’ op. 27 songs. Local favorites Suzanne Beia, violin, and Leanne League, violin, will be joined by Dynamite Factory artists Jeremy Kienbaum, viola, Trace Johnson, cello, and Satoko Hayami, piano.

Single general admission tickets are $43. Student tickets are always $10! Various ticket packages are also available starting at a series of three for $109.50, but only until June 1. First time subscriptions are ½ off. For tickets AFTER FEBRUARY 15, visit: http://www.overture.org/events/bach-dancing­

For information visit www.bachdancinganddynamite.org or call (608) 255-9866. Tickets can also be purchased at Overture Center for the Arts, (608) 258-4141, www.overturecenter.org (additional fees apply).  Tickets are available at the door at all locations.

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Catfish River Music Festival
Jul
6
to Jul 8

Catfish River Music Festival

2018 Catfish River Music Fest Lineup

Friday, July 6

4:00 pm Boo Bradley

5:30 pm Cosmic Strings

7:30 pm Moonhouse

Saturday, July 7

12:00 pm Fendrick & Peck

1:15 pm Birds, Birds, Birds

2:24 pm No Name String Band

4:15 pm Nickel & Rose

5:45 pm Cactus Blossoms

7:30 pm Robbie Fulks

Sunday, July 8

12:00 pm Dave Landau

1:15 pm the iowans

2:24 pm Kendra Swanson

4:15 pm Charlie Parr

5:45 pm Scott Mulvahill

7:30 pm The Way Down Wanderers

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The Male Voice Choir Gullgutane from Suldal, Norway
Jul
29
4:00 PM16:00

The Male Voice Choir Gullgutane from Suldal, Norway

The Male Voice Choir Gullgutane from Suldal, Norway performs their musical Farvel du Moder Norge (Farewell to Mother Norway).

Farvel du Moder Norge is a tale of emigration from Suldal, Norway to America in the mid 19th century. The audience is invited to experience the challenges present in Norwegian life at the time; the hard decisions to leave home for a new world “over there;” and the fresh experiences waiting as the travelers disembark from the ship filled with a longing for all they’ve left behind.

The production is brought to life through the use of storytelling, shanties, traditional Norwegian folk songs, and even a few American songs. Drawing on the talents of sixty actors, singers, and musicians ranging in age from eleven to seventy-five, Farvel du Moder Norge will appeal to anyone who has felt a longing for home or the call to greener pastures. 

Tickets: Free-will donation at the door

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Stoughton Chamber Singers
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Stoughton Chamber Singers

The Stoughton Chamber Singers, under the direction of John Beutel, will present a variety of choral music for their annual spring concert. The program will feature choral music from various composers and various musical periods. Tickets will be available at the door, general admission.

Tickets: $5 at Door

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Syttende Mai Events
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Syttende Mai Events

The Stoughton Opera House will be participating in the city's Norwegian Syttende Mai Folk Festival on Saturday, May 19. We have several events lined up and will be open for tours in between performances (see below for details).

Saturday, May 19 Opera House Schedule

The theatre will be open to visitors between the hours of 9am-10am and 12:30pm-2:30pm. During the rest of the day, the theatre will be in use for performances.

Sid Boersma and Hardanger Friends: 10am - 10:45am

Sid is a Hardanger Fiddle player and fiddle teacher from Stoughton, Wisconsin.  He has been playing this beautiful instrument for more years than he chooses to admit.  He also plays bluegrass but prefers Norwegian music, and is interested in keeping the Hardanger fiddling tradition alive and well.

Edvard Grieg Chorus: 11:30am-12:15pm

For over 90 years, Madison’s Edvard Grieg men’s chorus has performed Norwegian, spiritual and secular songs for the public. The choir is named for one of Norway’s most famous concert pianists and composers. Grieg’s Romantic-era music borrowed from Norway’s traditional folk music themes and gave the country a national music identity. Modern listeners know Grieg’s work from television, video games and movie scores. The men’s chorus performs annually at the Syttende Mai festival.

The Yellow Boat: 3:30pm-4:30pm | Admission $12

Presented by the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts, The Yellow Boat is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia, and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS related complications. A uniquely gifted visual artist, Benjamin's buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors and shapes in his fanciful drawings and paintings.

A Scandinavian folksong tells of three little boats: "One was blue, one was red, and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun." Benjamin always concluded his bedtime ritual by saying, "Mom, you can be the red boat or the blue boat, but I am the yellow boat.”

Recommended for children ages 8 and older, parents, families and adults.

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An Evening with Sam Bush
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Sam Bush

Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride Sam Bush has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck. For Bush, a lifetime of channeling his energy has led to stylistic innovations that have changed the course of bluegrass and roots music alike. But instead of kicking back and soaking up honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Bush strives relentlessly to create something new. A rapt merging of life and art fills the legendary mandolin player’s new album Storyman, a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound.

www.sambush.com

Tickets: $40

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Harmonious Wail
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Harmonious Wail

Though richly influenced by European gypsy musicians, Madison’s own Harmonious Wail bursts through the boundaries of the genre with its enticing arrangements and sheer joy. Smoldering vocals are laced with jazzy mandolin and guitar for an infectious blend of continental jazz, swing, and gypsy music. Harmonious Wail has won multiple Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) awards.

www.wail.com

Tickets: $25

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Music Appreciation: UW Faculty Wind Quintet
May
7
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: UW Faculty Wind Quintet

The UW-Madison Faculty Wind Quintet featuring flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon.

This is an hour long program of the Music Appreciation Series organized by John Beutel and sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center, The Stoughton Opera House, a grant from the Bryant Foundation, and the donations from attendees. The sessions are free and open to the public.

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Hot Rize
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

Hot Rize

Hot Rize has been astounding the bluegrass world with their fresh, contemporary approach to traditional music ever since their formation in 1978. Named after the secret ingredient in Martha White flour (a longterm sponsor of bluegrass music), the band's unique and progressive style of bluegrass, powerful original songs, tight-as-a-drum ensemble playing, and dynamic stage show quickly made them stars on the major festival circuit and far beyond. In 1990 Hot Rize was named Entertainer of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, the first such award ever given out by the organization. They picked up a Grammy nomination the next year, also winning IBMA Song of the Year. From 1978 to 1998, Hot Rize was Tim O'Brien, Pete Wernick, Charles Sawtelle, and Nick Forster. Starting in 2002, three years after Charles' death in 1999, Tim, Pete and Nick re-formed the band, adding Bryan Sutton on guitar. "Tighter than bark on a tree, Hot Rize tears it up and pleases the crowd. Totally impressive." Billboard magazine

www.hotrize.com

Tickets $40

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Lou & Peter Berryman
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Lou & Peter Berryman

Masters of the comedy folk song, Wisconsin’s Lou and Peter Berryman charm folk festival audiences across the country with their peculiar, offbeat songs. Lou plays the accordion and writes the music; Peter plays the 12-string guitar and writes the lyrics. The two met in high school and formed their first band in 1964; they formed a jug band in college together in 1966 and led two other bands in 1969 and 1971. Meanwhile, they married in 1967 and were divorced in 1974, but became a professional duo in 1975 and began playing a weekly show at the Club deWash in Madison, Wisconsin in 1977. During the decades to follow, the duo has entertained crowds at folk festivals and coffeehouses across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

www.louandpeter.com

Tickets: $20

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Music Appreciation: Dr. Scott Teeple
Apr
30
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: Dr. Scott Teeple

Dr. Scott Teeple, Conductor of the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble, presents a discussion on Teaching Music in the 21st Century.Dr. Teeple is director of the Wind Ensemble made up of the most outstanding wind instrument and percussion students at the UW Madison. He also teaches conducting classes.  He will tell us about music at the UW Madison and how the current music scene has changed how music is taught in the 21st Century.  Times they are a changing'.  Come and find out how.

This is an hour long program of the Music Appreciation Series organized by John Beutel and sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center, The Stoughton Opera House, a grant from the Bryant Foundation, and the donations from attendees. The sessions are free and open to the public.

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Asleep at the Wheel
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Asleep at the Wheel

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 46 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star line up includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many other fine talents.

Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound into 2017. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin), and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
www.asleepatthewheel.com

Tickets: $45

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Asleep at the Wheel
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Asleep at the Wheel

 Photo by MikeShore

Photo by MikeShore

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 46 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star line up includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many other fine talents.

Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound into 2017. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin), and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
www.asleepatthewheel.com

Tickets: $45

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Pat Ferguson & The Sundown Sound: Album Release Show
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Pat Ferguson & The Sundown Sound: Album Release Show

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Pat Ferguson & The Sundown Sound (feat. members of Hard Working Americans, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, People Brothers Band, WheelHouse, and more!) 
w/ special guests Adam Greuel & Russell Pedersen (of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades)

Originally making waves as a founding member and lead guitarist for longtime Midwest music scene staple, The Smokin' Bandits, Pat Ferguson has emerged as a renowned and nationally recognized solo performer, songwriter, and vocalist; his sound channeling Americana, bluegrass, and folk, deeply influenced by his Upper Mississippi River musical roots. 

Based in Madison, WI, Pat has announced the release of his first full-length solo effort, Light of Day / Dark of Night, due out 4/27/18 on LoHi Records. Produced by Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Light of Day / Dark of Night is a record that paints the picture of retrospect and builds an appreciation for what it means to ride the highest of highs or lowest of lows, while longing with admiration for the other. The album showcases a collection of original music that combines gorgeous instrumentation, stirring harmonies, and powerful songwriting rooted in his core influences. 

Featuring guest contributions from the likes of Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band), Kyle Keegan (Ben Howard & Mandolin Orange), Kenny Leiser (WheelHouse), Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans & Great American Taxi), Sarah Vos (Dead Horses), and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Light of Day / Dark of Night is a pure representation of the power of musical collaboration, chronicling a journey that will speak to music lovers of all genres and generations. Pat will be on tour the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2018 performing solo and also with his band, The Sundown Sound, in support of the record. 

When off the road, Pat hosts two residencies in Madison. He is the house musician at HotelRED and performs every Wednesday evening, and also hosts a "Pat Ferguson & Friends" residency the last Tuesday of the month at the UpNorth Madison which features some of Madison's finest musicians. In fifteen years of touring, Pat has shared the stage and performed with Grammy Award winners, Country Music and Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame members, and countless other world-class musicians including Merle Haggard, Little Feat, Dr. John, Jason Isbell, Todd Snider, Great American Taxi, The Big Wu, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Dead Horses, The People Brothers Band, Bill Miller, Trampled by Turtles, Chicago Farmer, and many more.

Tickets: $17

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Joan Shelley (The Other Years supports)
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Joan Shelley (The Other Years supports)

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joan Shelley’s music has never been experimental, at least in some bleeding- edge sense of the word. And she’s comfortable with that, proud of the fact that her simple songs are attempts to express complex emotion and address difficult question about life, love, lust, and existence itself. This is never more evident than with her latest, stunning, self-titled release. During “The Push and Pull,” for instance, she precisely captures the emotional tug of war as two people struggle to codify a relationship, her voice perking up and slinking down to illustrate the idea. For “Go Wild,” she wrestles with principles of independence and dependence, forgiveness and freedom, her tone luxuriating inside the waltz as though this were a permanent state of being. These are classic ideas, rendered brilliantly anew.

“I don’t have a concept, and I don’t know the meaning until much later. Whatever I am soaking up or absorbing from the world, there will be songs that reflect all those thoughts,” Shelley says. “I keep my songwriting alive and sustainable by trying to be honest about how it came out—these are all its jagged edges, and that’s what it is to be human.”

The Other Years

The Other Years are a duet born from a sister friendship, two friendly vines headed up the same tree. Their voices combine in many forms, embarking on a journey of song writing influenced by the old time tradition.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theotheryears/
Bandcamp: https://theotheryears.bandcamp.com/releases

Tickets $15
www.joanshelley.net

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Music Appreciation: Violinist Luke Carmichael Valmadrid
Apr
23
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: Violinist Luke Carmichael Valmadrid

Luke Carmichael Valmadrid: Violin and Viola solos plus a piano quartet (piano and string quartet.

This is an hour long program of the Music Appreciation Series organized by John Beutel and sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center, The Stoughton Opera House, a grant from the Bryant Foundation, and the donations from attendees. The sessions are free and open to the public.

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Del McCoury Band
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Del McCoury Band

Bluegrass legend Del McCoury has expressed an authoritative and unrelenting authenticity in music for 50 years. In addition to wowing hardcore bluegrass fans with his particular blend of traditional vocals and top-flight musicianship, McCoury and his band wins new listeners by peppering solid bluegrass sound with hints of country, gospel, and jazz. With over 30 IBMA awards and multiple Grammys, including being inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall Of Fame, they're the most honored group in bluegrass history. Fans fill venues from Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center to New Orleans' Preservation Hall and the Grand Ole Opry to watch Del and the boys play with sheer joy that shines through in every performance.

www.delmccouryband.com

Tickets: $45

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Apr
21
1:00 PM13:00

Playtime Productions: The Reluctant Dragon

Playtime Productions presents the delightful Kenneth Grahame tale about a youngster who befriends a peace-loving dragon as a famed dragon slayer arrives to rid the area of this so-called menace. Through camaraderie and diplomacy, people come to accept the amiable RELUCTANT DRAGON. Family audiences of all ages will fondly view the friendship created between a prudent youngster and a not so ferocious beast as the two adventure through interesting social encounters enlivened by Playtime's drama, song, and dance. Young children and their families will enjoy many funny sequences as the dragon's personality is revealed and the threat turns out to be just hot air. Playtime shows are a great way to expose your family to live musical theater-- always affordable and fun for the whole family!

www.playtimeproductions.org 

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An Evening with Rodney Crowell
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Rodney Crowell

The roots of Americana’s current incarnation can be traced back to Rodney Crowell, the Texas-born songwriter who’s collaborated with everyone from Emmylou Harris to Waylon Jennings, all while maintaining a solo career that's netted him two Grammys and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Crowell's new album Close Ties unfolds like a history lesson of his personal mythology and the music that shaped it. The collection considers Crowell's influences while looking to the future, each song delivered with Crowell's slight growl and poet's eye for detail. There's no doubt that Crowell was an architect of Americana as we know it, and with Close Ties, we're fortunate to have a look at his blueprints.

www.rodneycrowell.com

Tickets: $35

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Patty Larkin
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

Patty Larkin

Wisconsin-born Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter). Still Green, Patty Larkin’s 13th album, plays out in Technicolor sound images, a kaleidoscope of sun and sea that travels from the fluorescent-lit hallways of grief to the warm pull of love, family, and nature.

www.pattylarkin.com

Tickets: $22

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MadFiddle & Highway 151
Apr
15
4:00 PM16:00

MadFiddle & Highway 151

With fiddles in hand, Madison's premiere youth violin ensemble, MadFiddle, gears up for its annual Stoughton Opera House performance on Sunday, April 15th at 4:00 pm. Drawing on music extracted from Scandinavian folk, bluegrass, Celtic songs, Eastern and blues folk tunes, Appalachian,Brazilian, ragtime, as well as modern acoustic artists, MadFiddle brings students between the ages of six and seventeen together for a romping, stomping, good time. MadFiddle is directed by the Madison Area Music Association's 2016 "Teacher of the Year," Shauncey Ali, and accompanied by the energetic adult backing band, Highway 151 which consists of Chris Powers on mandolin and bouzouki, Pat Spaay on upright bass, and Bruce Anderson on guitar. Thriving on its mad enthusiasm for the instrument, MadFiddle shows up with that blast of inherent joy that comes along with playing music with friends.

Tickets: General Admission

Regular: $10
Under 18: $5 (available by phone and at the box office, 608 877 4400)

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UW Russian Folk Orchestra
Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

UW Russian Folk Orchestra

Proudly celebrating their twentieth season, the UW Russian Folk Orchestra specializes in performing Russian and other Eastern European folk songs, dances, and ballads on traditional stringed instruments known as balalaikas and domras. Although both instruments have three strings (some domras have four), they are shaped and tuned differently, but together give off that magical quality Slavic music is known for. Along with the strings, the orchestra uses accordions, banyans (button accordions), and various woodwind and percussion instruments.  

Tickets $15

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Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

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Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and her collaborator, musical director, guitarist and husband John Leventhal present an acoustic evening celebrating her prolific and deeply-rooted catalog of music. In BLACK LIST RIVER Rosanne Cash offers a sweeping song cycle culled from her award-winning southern and soul trilogy of works Black Cadillac (2006), The List (2009) and The River and The Thread (2014). BLACK LIST RIVER celebrates the American experience and what is at the heart of Rosanne’s journey as a songwriter and singer, her devotion to her southern roots and family lineage. Rosanne Cash, a four time Grammy-winner and a member the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, is “a storyteller and singer of exceptional grace and grit” (Boston Globe).
www.rosannecash.com    

Tickets: $60

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Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

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Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and her collaborator, musical director, guitarist and husband John Leventhal present an acoustic evening celebrating her prolific and deeply-rooted catalog of music. In BLACK LIST RIVER Rosanne Cash offers a sweeping song cycle culled from her award-winning southern and soul trilogy of works Black Cadillac (2006), The List (2009) and The River and The Thread (2014). BLACK LIST RIVER celebrates the American experience and what is at the heart of Rosanne’s journey as a songwriter and singer, her devotion to her southern roots and family lineage. Rosanne Cash, a four time Grammy-winner and a member the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, is “a storyteller and singer of exceptional grace and grit” (Boston Globe).
www.rosannecash.com    

Tickets: $60

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Music Appreciation: Guitarist Mark Kroos
Apr
9
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: Guitarist Mark Kroos

Mark Kroos plays 2 guitar necks at the same time. Originally from Lansing, MI but currently based in Charlotte, NC he is one of the only people in the world touring his trade. His primarily instrumental style is characterized by open harmonies, polyphonic textures, incredible tapping technique, and is as entertaining to watch as it is to listen to. Live performances burst with energy and magnetism not typical of solo guitar music. Drawing influence from folk, Celtic, indie, and even punk rock artists as well as great guitarists such as Michael Hedges, Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke, Mark Kroos has developed his own edge to the acoustic guitar.

This is an hour long program of the Music Appreciation Series organized by John Beutel and sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center, The Stoughton Opera House, a grant from the Bryant Foundation, and the donations from attendees. The sessions are free and open to the public.

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Opera for the Young: Rusalka
Apr
8
1:30 PM13:30

Opera for the Young: Rusalka

Opera for the Young brings live, professional opera to elementary school audiences. Each year, OFTY reaches over 75,000 elementary school children throughout the Midwest to ignite an enthusiasm for opera. All productions are fully staged, sung in English and adapted especially for kids.

OFTY's original adaptation of Rusalka unites Dvořák's lush music with the touching tale of a young mermaid. Rusalka yearns to become human because she's in love with the Prince. Rusalka's father, the Sea King, warns her about people, but the mermaid goes to Jezibaba, the sea witch, for a magic spell. Rusalka exchanges her fish tail for legs at a price: she won't be understood by humans. This proves to be a challenging barrier for the Prince who, after bringing Rusalka to his castle, is pursued by a Foreign Princess. Complications abound, aided and untangled by Creatures of the Reef played by students from Kegonsa Elementary. Understanding and accepting difference is a powerful subject highlighted in this tale of magical romance, loss, and the redemptive power of love.

Tickets: $5 at the door

www.operafortheyoung.com

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Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

When the Queen of Bluegrass comes to town, you don’t want to miss out! Rhonda Vincent is the only artist to receive seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year titles from the International Bluegrass Music Association; she has seen multiple Grammy nominations and 5 consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America. In 2010, she received the prestigious "Star Award" from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. With over 80 awards, her band is the most awarded group in bluegrass music, incorporating savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the haunting mountain soul of classic Monroe-styled bluegrass. Constantly forging connections with fans through her invigorating performances, she continues to grow as a songwriter, with an optimism that bursts through the speakers.

www.rhondavincent.com

Tickets: $35

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The Steel Wheels
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Steel Wheels

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Like a thunderstorm rolling over the hills of their native Virginia, The Steel Wheels perform with an energy that mesmerizes. Their music melds styles from traditional country to gospel, bluegrass to 70s rock. With Trent Wagler’s weathered tenor joined by bell-clear four-part harmonies, Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, the Steel Wheels have become festival favorites. A dynamic four-piece string band marrying old-time musical traditions to an innovative sound, they will draw you in with their soulful mountain music for a truly magnetic revival.
www.thesteelwheels.com

Tickets: $25

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Music Appreciation: The Perlman Piano Trio
Apr
2
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: The Perlman Piano Trio

The Perlman Piano Trio is a UW Madison graduate ensemble of violin, cello, and piano.

This is an hour long program of the Music Appreciation Series organized by John Beutel and sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center, The Stoughton Opera House, a grant from the Bryant Foundation, and the donations from attendees. The sessions are free and open to the public.

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Music Appreciation: The Retro Swing Band of Madison
Mar
26
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: The Retro Swing Band of Madison

This band of passionate retirees performs energetic tunes of the 30s and 40s. Members hail from Baraboo, Cross Plains, Whitewater, and beyond. Stoughton is represented by Roger Gohlke and Dick Mullen. Come and join us for a journey down Memory Lane. Your toe will be a tappin'!

This is an hour long program of the Music Appreciation Series organized by John Beutel and sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center, The Stoughton Opera House, a grant from the Bryant Foundation, and the donations from attendees. The sessions are free and open to the public.

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STOUGHTON OPERA HOUSE - 381 E. MAIN ST. - STOUGHTON, WI - 53589

BOX OFFICE: 608 877-4400