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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Harp Twins: Camille & Kennerly
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Harp Twins: Camille & Kennerly

Young harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt use electric harps and acoustic concert grand harps to break down boundaries between music genres. With over 64 million views on YouTube, the twins are easily the most followed and recognizable harp duo in the world. As actors, The Kitt Twins have appeared in commercials, TV shows, and three feature films. Mixing their virtuoso harp skills with stunningly complex arrangements of rock, metal, and soundtrack hits (interpreting everything from Metallica to The Beatles to instantly recognizable themes from Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings), the Harp Twins perform internationally. Camille and Kennerly’s radical duet harp revolution is changing the world’s perception of the harp and the way harp is played – one song at a time.

www.harptwins.com

Tickets: $15

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Charlie Parr
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

Charlie Parr

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An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980's in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.

Tickets: $22

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The Quebe Sisters
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

The Quebe Sisters

When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) raise their fiddles and play, singing in vintage style three-part harmony, hang onto your jaw. The sisters are a marvel: three voices and three instruments rolled into a single sound, rich with harmony and sweet to the ears. With a blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards, and Texas style fiddling, the award-winning band has caught the attention of audiences nationwide and beyond. The Quebe Sisters have performed throughout the US and Europe, making appearances on the Marty Stuart Show, the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, and NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. With a sound both full and pure, at once vintage and unlike anything you’ve ever heard, the Quebe Sisters Band is a phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed.

quebesistersband.com

Tickets: $25

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Music Appreciation: Flutist Iva Igrcic
Mar
19
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: Flutist Iva Igrcic

Iva has performed for this Appreciation Series over the last four years in a variety of capacities.  Her marvelous technique and passionate  playing of the music has been memorable for us all.  She will present a varied program, especially featuring female composers.

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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The Subdudes
Mar
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Subdudes

Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude, and folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians.

Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist John Magnie, the Subdudes came together in 1989 after backing artists such as Joni Mitchell and Rosanne Cash. Drawing most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans and blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals, the Subdudes are also notable for the substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.

www.subdudes.com

Tickets: $35

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The Railsplitters
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

The Railsplitters

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Although rooted in traditional bluegrass and old time music, The Railsplitters are pushing the boundaries of those genres in every sense. With their lush harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and non-conformist songwriting, The Railsplitters deftly demonstrate what happens when musical influences ranging from samba to hip hop merge with traditional Appalachian music. They are currently on tour promoting their new album, Jump In.

www.therailsplitters.com

Tickets: $20

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Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

One of bluegrass music’s stalwarts is singer, songwriter and fiddle player Laurie Lewis, a mainstay among Bay Area musicians since the mid-1970s. Lewis writes songs that cut through the noise; as one writer observed, “She does not sing inscrutably about her own life, but looks outward from an intimate perspective, in ways that let us see our own lives reflected back at us.” The members of the Right Hands give Lewis’ music a light, airy quality that complements the crystalline voice that twice won IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year. American folk music icon Utah Phillips put it best when he said of Laurie Lewis, “Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.”
www.laurielewis.com

Tickets: $25

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Todd Snider (Reed Foehl supports)
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Todd Snider (Reed Foehl supports)

todd snider
by todd snider

i started making up songs in 1986. 
i made an album in 1994.
i also started a tour in 1994
and that tour is, in a way, still going.

i never made a record so good
that i could just sit home
or did a show so bad
that i had to.
and man, i’ve done some shit shows,
shit albums too.
some of them are pretty good though,
but you know,
it’s been a while.
i really need to put out a good album soon
or i'm finished. 

sometimes these days i sing with a band.
i think we made a good album.
david schools of widespread panic is our leader.
i make up our lyrics....we’re a jam band.
our songs only go on about an hour or so but they’re still pretty long.

cool people jam with us all the time and we have like a million shirts and shit.
i personally think we’re the seventh best band in the whole jam thing.

on this tour i am coming to town with nothing but my guitar and stories
like the old days.
you know...
pick a little
talk a little
pick a little
talk a little
cheap cheap cheap
talk a lot
pick a little more.

and not to brag,
but i also wrote a book that everybody loves
so i am an author now.
plus i play everywhere,
pretty much all the time
everybody shows up
and they pretty much always love it. 

Reed Foehl Supports

Born into a musical family, Reed Foehl grew up in a small country town in New England, listening to his parents’ bluegrass band rehearse in the living room every Thursday night for all of his childhood. From there Reed took to the streets at the early age of 11 performing at Boston's own Fanuel Hall Marketplace. He then became the front man for the band Acoustic Junction. Recently Reed was nominated for a Grammy for his song “Fly” which was covered by the country music star Lee Ann Womack. Dusty and patient, his music is genuine Americana, telling stories of the human condition with lyrics and a voice that pushes the boundaries while paying homage to tradition. 

Tickets: $27
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Pieta Brown
Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

Pieta Brown

Hailed as a "self-styled poetess, folk goddess and country waif" by the BBC, Pieta Brown first came to international attention with her 2002 self-titled debut. The daughter of Grammy-nominated folk musician Greg Brown, Pieta has since been recognized by NPR for her "moody, ethereal" songwriting, applauded by The Boston Globe for her "mercurial voice,” and has continued to gain widespread critical attention for both her singing and songwriting with each release. She has shared stages with artists from Emmylou Harris and JJ Cale to Neko Case and Richard Thompson, in addition to performing at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam. Continually revealing new layers as both a songwriter and performer, Pieta is being recognized as one of modern Americana's true gems.

www.pietabrown.com

Tickets: $22

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

For almost 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, Grammy winners BeauSoleil are notorious for bringing even the most staid audiences to their feet. Their distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country, and bluegrass. Entertaining listeners everywhere from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans to Carnegie Hall, and all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England, BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over.

www.beausoleilmusic.com

Tickets: $30

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The SteelDrivers (Kane and Gellert supports)
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

The SteelDrivers (Kane and Gellert supports)

A group of seasoned veterans braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, The SteelDrivers bring together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid, old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys and four IBMA awards, and the movie "Get Low" (Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray) features four of their tunes. When English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song "If It Hadn’t Been For Love," she said of the band, "They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant." The SteelDrivers have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR’s Mountain Stage to the Conan O’Brien show.

www.thesteeldrivers.com

Tickets: $35

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Riders in the Sky
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

Riders in the Sky

Round up your herd and join in the fun with America’s favorite singing cowboys! Adorned in colorful Western wear, this quartet of madcap cowpokes consists of Ranger Doug—Idol of American Youth; Too Slim—the Fastest Wit in the West; Woody Paul—King of the Cowboy Fiddlers; and Joey—the CowPolka King. Perpetual crowd-pleasers, this Grammy-winning quartet mixes authentic Western music with yodeling, rope tricks, and a whole heap of crackpot humor in the timeless tradition of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Yes, it would be "The Easy Way" to call it a career after 30-plus years, but it wouldn't be "The Cowboy Way!"  The ponies are rested and watered, and Stoughton's Favorite Cowboys are ready to saddle up and ride.

www.ridersinthesky.com    

Tickets: $35

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An Evening with Dailey and Vincent
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Dailey and Vincent

Born of the ever-vibrant Nashville bluegrass and traditional country scenes, Dailey and Vincent started their careers playing separately with some of the finest bands on the scene. Jamie Dailey was the lead singer and guitar picker for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, while Darrin Vincent was performing with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. In 2008, the pair—whose voices matched like brothers—left their prior obligations to focus on a career as their own band. Since then, Dailey and Vincent have earned dozens of nominations - from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, the Grammys, and elsewhere. They've consistently won awards from the IBMA for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Contemporary Gospel Group of the Year, as well as awards for vocals and instrumental performances. Their backing band is widely recognized as one of the finest in the field, and all of their albums have appeared on some Billboard chart or another. Two men born to sing together, Dailey and Vincent deliver with a thrilling blend of clarity, precision, and soul, the outcome proving it is possible to be both classic and brand new.

www.daileyandvincent.com

Tickets: $35

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