The Overture Center


Performance Venue

All concerts will take place in the Overture Center for the Arts in the heart of downtown Madison.

Overture's breathtaking performance hall features exceptional acoustics and a truly world-class performing and listening experience. Because materials can be manipulated to influence the way sound reverberates and reflects inside the space, the hall delivers excellent acoustics for both large choruses and chamber choirs.

About the Overture Center

In 1998, local businessman W. Jerome Frautschi made a breathtaking, multimillion dollar commitment for the development of a cultural arts district in downtown Madison. The Overture Foundation was established to solve the space needs of the city's major arts organizations, and internationally famous architect Cesar Pelli designed the project.

From Mr. Frautschi’s astounding generosity, a state-of-the-art civic cultural center has emerged, one that successfully integrates more than a dozen new theatres, galleries, and elegant performance and meeting spaces while preserving the classic elegance of Madison’s historic Capitol Theater, now returned to its original name. For a short history of the Capitol Theater, go to


Designed by internationally renowned architect Cesar Pelli, Overture Center for the Arts contains the fabulous Overture Hall and its soaring glass lobby, The Playhouse theater, the sunny Wisconsin Studio, the amphitheater-style Rotunda Stage, the Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery, four community visual art galleries, the Promenade Hall and Terrace, the intimate Promenade Lounge, and the opulent Capitol Theater.

Resident Companies: World renowned. Madison rooted.

Overture Center is proud to host ten of Madison’s most accomplished and beloved arts organizations. Eight resident performing arts companies—including the city’s symphony, opera, chamber orchestra and ballet—and two visual arts organizations are headquartered here. Together, this extraordinary group of artists delight thousands of patrons in world-class performances throughout the year. To learn more about our resident organizations, go to

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