Concerts on the Square returning to Madison this summer

Concerts on the Square is returning to Madison for the summer of 2022 after a two-year break from playing music on the capitol lawn.
Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 9:02 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2022 at 5:11 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Concerts on the Square is returning to Madison for the summer of 2022 after a two-year break from playing music on the capitol lawn.

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will bring six free concerts on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. from June to August, with the first on June 29 and the final on August 3.

The 38-year tradition is returning with no restrictions after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the concerts to move to Breese Stevens Field in 2020 & 2021.

“We’re coming back to our square, back to our home, I just couldn’t be more excited right now. This is such an important event for our community on so many levels,” said WCO’s CEO, Joe Loehnis.

Loehnis said the concerts attract around 50,000 attendees each time, with anywhere from 50-75 local businesses serving as vendors.

He added that audience members can expect an energetic performance from the world-class musicians, showcasing various genres of music.

“It’s electric. I mean the anticipation of 7 p.m. down beat is visceral. Some people put their blankets up at 10 a.m. and they have to stay there all day. It’s like getting season tickets at the Kohl Center,” said Loehnis.

Each concert features diverse programming with special guests:

· June 29 – Motown with Spectrum

· July 6 – Summer Celebration

· July 13 – Reflections on Liberty

· July 20 – The Planets & Ho-Chunk

· July 27 – Rachmaninov’s Third

· Aug. 3 – Finale with Foley

People can start putting down blankets to reserve spots around the capitol starting at 3 p.m. each day there is a concert. WCO will also have limited reserved seating and tables.

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