The WSO is an ensemble devoted to promoting the chamber music repertoire, began in 1960 under the name Madison Summer Symphony Orchestra. As the group’s performances began to expand beyond Madison, it was renamed in 1974. While the works of Beethoven factor heavily in the orchestra’s concerts, performances have also featured compositions by contemporary composers such as Jennifer Higdon and Michael Torke.
In addition to its Masterworks and Holiday Pops series, the orchestra presents an annual summer series, Concerts on the Square, started in 1984, which attracts 120,000 audience members each year. The WSO also presents Youth Concerts each year, and hosts the Young Artist Competition for Wisconsin high school students.
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (steps from buses 11, 27 and 28 at State Street/Johnson Street; and within a 3-minute walk from bus 81 at Henry Street/Gorham Street and buses 38 and 82 at Broom Street/Johnson Street)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Average 25 concerts per year
- Ticket Prices: Tickets range from $20–$75 depending on seat selection
- Subscriptions: Gold Series (5 concerts) $50–$250; Silver Series (4 concerts) $40–$200 with prices varying by seat selection. The Holiday Pops Series is $19–$750 varying by seat/table selection (Choice of theater seating, Cabaret Table – seats 4, and Premier Table – Seats 8). Discounts are available for seniors and students. Subscribers receive a substantial discount over single ticket purchasers; ticket exchange privileges; discounts on extra tickets; an invitation to subscriber events; and more.