Wisconsin Union Theater’s 2014-2015 Season
Delightfully Diverse

Adhering to the latest principles of green design and sustainable practices, and working closely with the State Historical Society to
ensure proper preservation, historical spaces were upgraded but carefully restored to their original appearance, while other areas
benefitted from the reuse of original stone and building materials wherever possible.

The completely renovated Wisconsin Union Theater now consists of three performance spaces: Shannon Hall (formerly the Union
Theater), Fredric March Play Circle, and the Festival Room.  

Here is a taste of some of the acts that will be appearing during the 2014-2015 season:

Yo-Yo Ma, cello, with Kathryn Stott, piano
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8 pm
Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
The legendary Yo-Yo Ma returns for his seventh performance at the Wisconsin Union Theater, this time with pianist Kathryn Stott.

Vishtèn
Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:30 pm
Fredric March Play Circle, Wisconsin Union Theater
Acadian folk trio Vishtèn, from the Canadian Magdalene and Prince Edward Islands, played at the 2005 Madison World Music Festival.
They return with their lovely mix of French, Celtic and Cajun musical elements.  

Mosaic Project featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Geri Allen, Lizz Wright, Gretchen Parlato and Ingrid Jensen
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8 pm
Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
Percussion diva and professor Terri Lyne Carrington's new CD, The Mosaic Project, has won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
She bring with her other jazz women greats--piano virtuoso Allen, vocalists Wright and Parlato and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen--in this
powerhouse showcase of feminine talent. Presented in collaboration with Madison Music Collective.

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical
Friday, November 21, 8 pm and 11pm, & Saturday, November 22, 2015, 8 pm
Fredric March Play Circle, Wisconsin Union Theater
This award-winning, interactive musical comedy is improvised on the spot with help from the audience.  After an “awards ceremony” to
determine the name of the next hit musical, the cast will improvise an entire show based on the winning title.  “A spontaneity, wit and
inventiveness that must be seen to be believed!”  (New York Post)

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 8 pm
Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
Born from the collaboration of two visionary choreographers, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company skillfully blends elements of
dance, music, theater and art.  “Rarely has one seen a dance company throw itself onto the stage with such kinetic exaltation,” raves
the New York Times.  This riveting performance will be accompanied by live chamber music by UW-Madison musicians.
Lecture by Bill T. Jones, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Shannon Hall. Presented by the Distinguished Lectures Committee

Zap Mama and Antibalas
Sunday, February 15, 2015, 8 pm
Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
Marie Daulne, leader and founder of the female vocal polyphonic quintet Zap Mama, has evolved into a performer who alternates
between storytelling and creative vocal expression, reinterpreting Urban, Afro-scat and Alternative Funk music. The music of Afrobeat
band Antibalas falls somewhere between Eddie Palmieri and Fela Kuti. Together, they create an experience not to be missed.

The Nile Project. Free!
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 8 pm
Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
Residency: Wednesday, February 25
From Egypt to Tanzania, the Nile River runs through 11 different countries and a rich variety of musical cultures.  Bringing together the
top musicians from this vast range of geographic and artistic backgrounds, the Nile Project is not only a showcase for incredible talent,
but an exploration of cultural identities. This project includes workshops, lectures and a film. More information will be available later on
our website, www.uniontheater.wisc.edu

Musical Idol with Four Seasons Theatre and MTM. Free!
Friday, February 27, 2015, 8 pm
Fredric March Play Circle, Wisconsin Union Theater
Do you have what it takes to be Madison's next great musical star? Four Seasons Theatre and MTM will lead this Musical Theatre Idol
competition where local singers get to belt it out Broadway style -- and the audience gets to choose the winner.

20 Years of Freedom, featuring Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela
Friday, March 6, 2015 8 pm
Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
South African trumpeter Masekela has a storied career, including his song “Bring Him Back Home,” the anthem of the movement to free
Nelson Mandela.  Fellow countryman Vusi Mahlasela is known as “The Voice” of his country’s anti-apartheid struggle. Twenty years
after the defeat of apartheid, they collaborate on this exciting tour.

The Acting Company Presents Macbeth
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7 pm and 11 pm & Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7 pm
Fredric March Play Circle, Wisconsin Union Theater
Julliard's first class of drama graduated and founded The Acting Company in 1972. The premier touring group in the US has raised many
gifted actors, including Kevin Kline and Rainn Wilson. See the next up-and-comers when they return to the theater for three
performances of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Kronos Quartet
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 pm
Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
From Bartok to Thelonious Monk, David Bowie to Nine Inch Nails, Inuit throat singers to Chinese pipa masters, the Kronos Quartet
bridges musical divides and defies classification.  Winner of the Avery Fisher Prize as well as a Grammy for “Best Chamber Music
Performance,” the Kronos Quartet continues to offer surprising music impeccably played.

Marcia Legere Student Play Festival. Free!
Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2015, times TBA
Fredric March Play Circle, Wisconsin Union Theater
Our annual event showcases students writing, acting, and directing plays in the brand new Fredric March Play Circle.

Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8 pm
Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
Renowned for his smoky beats and eclectic flare, Latin jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez has credited jazz legends Chano Pozo and
Dizzy Gillespie as his inspirations.  Heralded as “the King of the Conga,” Sanchez and his Grammy-winning band return to the theater to
delight fans of all genres.

Freddy Cole Trio with UW Jazz Orchestra
Headlining Isthmus Jazz Festival. Free!
Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 8 pm
Festival: Friday-Saturday, June 19-20

This season’s Isthmus Jazz Festival is on Friday & Saturday, June 19 & 20, 2015 at the Memorial Union. Festival headliner Freddy Cole
is everything a jazz legend should be - smooth, charming, and casually brilliant.  The younger brother of Nat King Cole, Freddy lends
warmth and style to treasured classics with a captivating confidence.  The New York Times calls him “the most maturely expressive
jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.”  His trio will be joined by UW’s own Jazz Orchestra. Other artists will play free
concerts on both days.

For more information or to order tickets, visit
http://www.uniontheater.wisc.edu/
From the WUT Directorate

This season we reopen the Wisconsin Union
Theater after two years of renovations. We also
celebrate 75 years of amazing and illustrious
history. In honor of these momentous markers, we
raise the curtain, and raise the bar!  

Treasured by generations of students, faculty, staff
and community members, the Wisconsin Union
Theater is one of the most beloved and historic
destinations on the University of
Wisconsin-Madison campus. The recent
completion of the renovation has greatly improved
its spaces while carefully preserving their
historical significance.