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2013 14 Arts & Culture Guide

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The Duhks

Jan 24

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Sept 20

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Madison Brass Band

Jan 25

20

Sept 21

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Fox Prairie: Beauty & the Beast Jr.

Jan 28 & 29

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Artist

Date

Colin Hay

Sept 13

Livingston Taylor Ole & Lena’s Wedding

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Jill & Julia Show: Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney

Sept 26

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Caravan of Thieves

Sept 27

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Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien

Sept 28

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Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives

Feb 1

21

Josh Ritter (solo)

Feb 5

21

Back to the Country Revue

Feb 7

22

Brubeck Brothers Quartet: A Loving Tribute to Dave Brubeck

Oct 3

8

Corky Siegel Chamber Blues with Sons of the Never Wrong

Feb 8

22

Grandmothers of Invention

Oct 4

9

Author Michael Perry: Stories from the Middle of Nowhere

Feb 20

22

Paul Otteson & Faux Fawn with Dietrich Gosser

Oct 5

9

Harry Manx

Feb 21

23

The Amazing Acro-Cats

Oct 6

10

An Evening with Tom Rush

Feb 22

23

An Evening with Crystal Bowersox

Oct 11

10

Eilen Jewell

Feb 28

23

Sarah Jarosz

Oct 12

10

The Stray Birds

March 1

24

Big Top Chautauqua presents Tent Show Radio featuring host Michael Perry

Oct 18

12

The Quebe Sisters Band

March 7

24

Drakula: The Performance

Oct 25 & 26

12

James McMurtry (solo)

March 8

24

Cowboy Junkies

Oct 27

12

Cherish the Ladies

March 13

25

An Evening with Judy Collins

Nov 1

13

Jeffrey Foucault

March 14

25

Ladies Must Swing

Nov 3

13

Grieg Male Chorus with a Bit o’ Blarney!

March 16

26

Basia Bulat

Nov 6

13

Riders in the Sky

March 22

26

Count This Penny

Nov 8

15

Real Vocal String Quartet

March 28

26

Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars

Nov 9

15

Opera for the Young: Barber of Seville

March/April TBD

26

Literary Artist Michael Hecht: Hey, Invisible Man, You Can’t Go Home Again

Nov 13

15

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

April 3

27

The Wailin’ Jennys

Nov 15 & 16

15

Davina & the Vagabonds

April 4

27

Branson on the Road

Nov 20

16

Jerry Apps: A Farm Story

April 5

27

Rickie Lee Jones

Nov 21

16

Maggie Mae & The Heartland Country Band

April 10

28

Emo Phillips

Nov 22

16

Red Molly

April 11

28

Willy Porter

Nov 23

17

The Persuasions

April 12

28

PlayTime Productions

Nov/Dec TBA

17

The Sweetback Sisters

April 25

29

Pokey LaFarge

Dec 6

17

Jim Brickman: The Love Tour

April 26

29

UW Russian Folk Orchestra

Dec 7

17

Literary Artist Michael Hecht: Beyond the Canvas—Vincent Van Gogh

April 30

30

Stoughton Chamber Singers: Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

Dec 8

18

An Evening with Roger McGuinn

May 2

30

Handel’s Messiah presented by Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Dec 14

18

Dailey and Vincent

May 3

30

Stoughton Festival Choir and City Band: Christmas Concert

Dec 15

19

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May 9 & 10

30

Stoughton Chamber Singers: Sing Me a Song & Play Me a Tune

June 1

30

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

June 20 & 27

30

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Reflections More than a century of songs and stories remain vibrant and alive within the Opera House. We are truly indebted to those who came before us for their foresight in preserving this treasuretrove of dreams. We are privileged to have the opportunity to gather in the Opera House with friends from near and far and share in so many wonderful moments. Each season we search for an interesting mix of performers to entertain and enlighten our audiences. We know that you and the performers find that the warmth and excellent acoustics of the Opera House are just part of the reason so many of you return year after year. We also thank our sponsors, volunteers and all the Friends of the Opera House. Without the support of our many friends, the continued health and success of the theater would simply not be possible. As Bob Dylan wrote, “I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours.” See you at the show! William Brehm, Christina Dollhausen, Director Event Coordinator

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Stoughton Opera House: 2013 2014 Season Your Seat is Waiting . . . Fall Season 2013 COLIN HAY of Men at Work

Fri, Sept 13 • 7:30pm Colin Hay may be best known as the lead singer for Men At Work, the platinum selling Australian band that topped worldwide charts in the 80s with anthems like Down Under, Overkill, and Who Can It Be Now? Most artists who have experienced the levels of success and adulation would be content to sit back and earn a living walking to the mailbox and back. Yet Hay is restless, eager to move forward and continually hone his craft while continuing to challenge himself. Hay’s solo shows intersperse classic and new songs with hilarious, poignant, and downright surreal stories drawn from his often unbelievable experiences over the past three decades. Themes of redemption and renewal come naturally to Colin Hay, as he is in the midst of a remarkable renaissance. He is a master of the one-man show and at the absolute peak of his craft. Armed with an acoustic guitar, his rich memorable voice, and decades of road experience, he is an entertainer in the true sense of the word. Colin takes the audience on a musical journey, sometimes straight down the main road, and sometimes taking the twists and turns of the road less traveled. Whether or not you have seen him before, you will laugh, you may shed a tear, but you will most certainly be more than entertained. colinhay.com Chris Trapper opens. Chris Trapper’s music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories filled with extraordinary characters. As the front man for late-90’s alternative rock band The Push Stars, four CD releases and several high profile national tours -- including a run with Matchbox Twenty – all have served to establish Chris as an authentic talent. As a modern day singer /songwriter, Chris is most known for his song This Time, the #1 selling song on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for August Rush. christrapper.com

“He’s a stellar singer-guitarist, and his between-song banter gives today’s top comics a run for their vegemite sandwich.” – The Cleveland Sound

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Livingston Taylor

Fri, Sept 20 • 7:30pm

Thanksgivings at the Taylor house: Livingston: Hey, Jon Landau is producing my first album! (1970) Hey, I wrote a children’s book! (1988) Hey, I have, like, 14 albums out! (1999) Hey, I’m an Artist-in-Residence at Harvard! (2000) James: I wrote Fire and Rain. Livingston: Darn it. Ever since he picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, Livingston Taylor has carved his own path with his voice and vision. Known for his comfortable and entertaining stage presence, he brings together the pure joy of performance with a professionalism gained from decades of experience. Taylor began playing coffeehouses at 16, released his first record at 19, and hasn’t stopped recording, performing, and teaching others the art of music ever since. In addition to songwriting and a robust tour schedule of some 80 shows per year, Taylor is a full professor at Berkley College of Music, where he has taught a popular Stage Performance course since 1989. From his Top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” both recorded by his brother James, he fills his concerts with upbeat storytelling, a joyous and tuneful selection of his own writing, touching ballads, and a perfect splash of songs from the great American songbook. Quite simply, an exhilarating musical journey! livtaylor.com


Ole & Lena’s Wedding

Caravan of Thieves

Sat, Sept 21 • TWO SHOWS! 3:00pm & 7:00pm UFF DA! The butt of classic Scandihoovian joke springs to life in a comedy by Change of Pace Productions, a talented acting troupe from Duluth, Minnesota. You are cordially invited to the marriage ceremony of Lena Arlene Handspringinnen—daughter of Toivo & Gladys Handspringinnen to Ole Olafson, Jr - son of Ole, Sr and Lois Olaffson. At the center of the action is Ole Olafsson Jr., the overly nervous and easily bossed groom, and Lena Handspringinnen, the overly worried and perfection-seeking bride. A well-meaning but befuddled Lutheran pastor presides over the ceremony in which Lena shares her emotional vows - vows that, of course, make the stolid Ole a tad uncomfortable.  Meanwhile, accordion-playing Pantsloff is not quite willing to let go of the torch he bears for Lena. Throughout it all, the audience becomes wedding guests enjoying a photo montage of the bride and groom growing up and receiving a nametag identifying them as a friend or family member of the bride or groom. You might want to change into your good clothes.  Whatever. Get your tickets early, it seems everybody wants to be invited to Ole & Lena’s wedding! changeofpaceproductions.com

Fri, Sept 27 • 7:30pm

Somewhere between the Balkans and Bram Stoker lies Connecticut’s own Caravan of Thieves. This lively band spins dramatic and satirical tales with sultry harmonies, free-swinging rhythms and a touch of vaudevillian theatrics. Decked out in Victorian-style top hats and suits, they bring whimsy and cheek with utterly supernatural musicianship. Their unapologetic gypsy jam comes complete with moments of jazz, improvisation, participation, snaps, claps, stomps, and a barrage of junk percussion. The popularity of this ragtag quartet has been tremendous. They have taken their animated show on the road with world renowned artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, Glen Campbell, Nanci Griffith, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Iron and Wine, Punch Brothers, John Jorgenson and many others. Caravan connected with audiences on each of these diverse and at times, odd fitting bills proving the music to be a hit with folk, pop, rock and jazz appreciators alike. In only ten months they went from a support act to selling out their first headline show. Caravan of Thieves is a unique kind of ruckus that cannot be ignored and to understand the colorful spectacle, it is best to see them live. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired. Sounds like a party we all want to attend! caravanofthieves.com

Jill & Julia Show! Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney

“…brilliant, topical, funny and more than a little poignant. “

Thur, Sept 26 • 7:30pm

–The NY Times

Singer/Songwriter Jill Sobule and the infamous SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE comedian (PAT!) Julia Sweeney, team up for a delightful show that mixes witty songwriting with a little bit of social commentary. The Jill and Julia Show is a delightful, poignant, yet wildly entertaining mash-up of music, comedy, improvisation and monologues. The one-of-a-kind performance revolves around embedding Julia’s stories into songs of Jill’s that share a common theme, creating a sum greater than the individual parts. Julia Sweeney became famous in the early 1990s for portraying the androgynous character Pat in ‘’It’s Pat!’’ skits on ‘’Saturday Night Live.’’ She has also been a successful monologist and her powerful solo shows continue to carve out her own territory in entertainment, one that moves between the personal and political, controversial and comical. juliasweeney.com Jill Sobule, is known for her character-driven folk songs, like the pre-Katy Perry hit ‘’I Kissed a Girl.’’ She isn’t just another singer-songwriter with catchy tunes and smart lyrics; she’s one of the more insightful satirists of our age and hilarious as all get out. Over seven albums and a decade of recording, Jill has mused on topics such as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, adolescence and the French resistance movement. jillsobule.com Stoughton Opera House Box Office: (608) 877-4400

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Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien Sat, Sept 28 • 7:30pm

When Robert Plant and his Band of Joy needed a man who could do it all, they called on Darrell Scott, and he delivered. Mark Knopfler and Steve Earle each made the same call to Tim O’Brien, and he delivered. Darrell and Tim have travelled the highways and byways of America recording and playing their unique brand of country, Americana, and bluegrass music. Although these two musicians are extraordinary on their own, when Tim and Darrell perform together they create music so captivating and harmonies so compelling, you begin to wonder how they have ever been apart. O’Brien, GRAMMY-winning mandolin player, described as “one of the spearheads of contemporary bluegrass,” is known on the festival circuit for his earlier groundbreaking work with Hot Rize and later work as a solo artist. Scott, a GRAMMY-nominated performer, is best known for his resolute guitar playing, rough and honest vocal style and success as one of the best country songwriters of his time. Between the two of them, they have written major hits for Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Keb Mo, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Guy Clark, and Sam Bush. Both are multi-instrumentalists, wizards of mandolin, guitar, banjo, and bouzouki. Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien are two master musicians and songwriters that have that special chemistry that happens only once in a life time. These men play together like they were meant to play together and to experience this concert you will see why many say that Tim and Darrell are one of the greatest songwriter/picker duo’s in the history of Americana. Some music you experience with your ears, some with your eyes. You will feel this music at the base of your spine. It is what all music should be. timobrien.net darrellscott.com

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet “A Loving Tribute to Dave Brubeck” Thur, Oct 3 • 7:30pm Chris and Dan Brubeck had the unique privilege of growing up, listening to, studying with, and eventually playing alongside one of the great jazz legends of our time, their father, Dave Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012).  Dave was a one of the most revered and distinguished improvisers and ambassadors of American jazz and culture. After making the cover of Time magazine in 1954 as the subject of a story that began by pointing out that fans described him as “as a wigging cat with a far-out wail,” he hit the mainstream hard in 1959 with the unlikely success of “Take Five”. While carrying on the legacy is an important project, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is far from a cover band. There is an organic originality that seems to have been passed down from father to sons. It’s rare to find this combination of sizzling swing, rich melodies, tight arrangements, inventive solos, and warm, yet crisp playing – but the world-renowned, internationally-acclaimed BBQ consistently astonishes and excites. As always, Chris’s fretless expressions on trombone and bass are strong, propulsive, and full of wit while Dan’s polyrhythms are rarely less than electrifying. Both guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb are also superb, and their compositions and interpretations fit seamlessly into the mix. Jazz is indeed the Brubeck family business. A thriving business built on talent, originality and an indescribable gift from a higher power to make music that is sure to last for generations to come. brubeckbrothers.com

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Grandmothers of Invention Fri, Oct 4 • 7:30pm

ATTENTION ZAPPAPHILES! Former members of Frank Zappa’s “The Mothers of Invention” Napoleon Murphy Brock and Don Preston along with Miroslav Tadic and Christopher Garcia have teamed up and are headed to Stoughton to give you all the Zappa fix you have been craving. Rare are the musicians who can even play Zappa’s music, let alone make it live and breathe. Because The GrandMothers played with the maestro himself and consistently perform his genius works - they are able to go deeper into the material, rather than merely parroting Zappa’s notoriously tricky composed lines, as many try to do. With three different Zappa eras represented, the GrandMothers have a wide palette of material to choose from. They serve up vintage psychedelia - rock songs with surreal lyrics, jazz-like harmonies and melodic complexity, with flashes of wacky satire and magic. Join us for this special event as we come together to celebrate one of America’s most innovative rock ‘n’ rollers, Frank Zappa. From “We’re Only In It For The Money”, “Uncle Meat”, and “Burnt Weeny Sandwich” to “The Grand Wazoo”, “Overnite Sensation”, “Roxy & Elsewhere”, “Bongo Fury”, “One Size Fits All”, and of course, the classic “Freak Out”… Zappa fans are going to go bananas for this show, so get your tickets early! grandmothersofinvention.com

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Norwegian Fun October 25-27, 2013 Featured Events: ɶɶWisconsin State Rosemaler’s Holiday Sale ɶɶCultural Presentations at the Sons of Norway Lodge ɶɶPerformance by the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers ɶɶMany Norwegian themed events For more information about these and other Stoughton events, go to www.stoughtonwi.com

Paul Otteson & Faux Fawn with Dietrich Gosser Sat Oct 5 • 7:30pm

  Wrapped in a shroud of fabled stories, forgotten characters, and haunted landscapes; Paul Otteson has found his stride as a songwriter and as a composer. Upon releasing his debut album February Fables in 2011, Otteson garnered immediate recognition as a thoughtful storyteller and prolific songwriter. Three albums later, now with his dynamic band in tow, the group has established itself as a mainstay in the Madison music scene.  Taking thoughtful steps drenched in lush harmonies and foreboding instrumentation, this special evening will mark the release of Paul’s third full length album: Lonesome Loon.  Admittedly darker and more reflective than previous efforts; this collection of songs takes the listener through a starless night, led only by the warm glow of Otteson and his brilliant band. paulotteson.tumblr.com    With an ear for soundscapes reminiscent of the junkyard clatter of Tom Waits and Joe Henry, Midwestern singer/ songwriter Dietrich Gosser is out in support of his 2013 release, Somewhere in the Night. Following in the footsteps of the two full-length albums that came before it, this album is a stunning example of Gosser’s imaginative, yet rooted songwriting style. Each song begins with one foot planted firmly in a dusty and forlorn folk tradition; a few songs even stay there, but most use their dynamic arrangements and elusive lyrics as a vehicle to arrive at a more sweeping, romantic landscape. Tales of adolescent heartbreak and the intoxicating boredom of bank heists come to life with clanging metals and sustaining cymbals rising out of subtle, acoustic arrangements. The production carries you to a world of big lakes, long drives, and imaginary radio stations rising from the cornfields. “Dietrich Gosser makes folk-y bedroom pop that sounds big and inviting, often with the help of drummer and avant-percussionist Dan Kuemmel. With or without the atmospherics, Gosser’s music has a quiet, unassuming quality that can set a convincing mood with just a few patient notes...”  dietrichgosser.com

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Amazing Acro-Cats

Sun, Oct 6 • TWO SHOWS! 1:00pm and 4:00pm Back by popular demand! The Amazing Acro-Cats delight and astound audiences of all ages as they perform their remarkable feats of agility pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, jumping through hoops, knockabout acts and much more! The Amazing Acro-Cats are also joined by their very own catastic band “The Rock Cats”! Welcoming a few new members, this Latin flair band with an island rhythm section will keep you “scratching” up the dance floor all night. One of only four “performing domestic cat troupes” in the United States, The Amazing AcroCats are celebrated nationwide and consistently perform to sold out audiences. So get your tickets soon before it’s too late and our furry feline friends “pounce” off to their next big show! circuscats.com

Crystal Bowersox

Fri, Oct 11 • 7:30pm Every now and again in an industry that is saturated with over hyped here today and gone tomorrow talent - an artist comes along who truly embodies a unique sound and vision. Crystal Bowersox is that artist. The small town Ohio born singer/ songwriter and guitarist whose early performances began in coffeehouses and later Chicago’s underground subway circuit, was catapulted to stardom when she captured the hearts of millions as a finalist on Season 9 of American Idol. Crystal Bowersox’s gentle strength, quiet wisdom, immense emotional depth and angelic voice made a connection with the show’s viewers. With a confidence and rich soulfulness well beyond her years, she made a lasting impression – and boy has she been keeping busy. Crystal just came out with an intelligent and soulful sophomore album All That For This, she’s selling out shows nationwide, and she’s making her Broadway debut in a role of a lifetime as Patsy Cline, a musical based on the country legend’s life. Crystal’s rich amalgam of blues, country, folk, and rock makes her one of the most dynamic young voices in music. She has performed alongside everyone from Harry Connick Jr., Joe Cocker, and Alanis Morrisette, to Michael Franti, John Popper and BB King. Although the silvery residue from Idol has faded a bit, her raw and authentic voice still rings true, making her an artist who truly embodies a unique sound and vision … simply put, Crystal is proving with every passionate note she sings that she is here to stay. We didn’t necessarily book Crystal Bowersox because of her past successes; we booked her because of her most promising future. crystalbowersox.com

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Sarah Jarosz Sat, Oct 12 • 7:30pm

Sarah Jarosz is the real deal. A gifted songwriter, a powerful voice and a musical virtuoso that shakes the feet, weakens the knees and boggles the mind. Sarah landed on the acoustic music scene as a mandolin wunderkind in her young teens. Jamming onstage with bluegrass icons David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs, she played with a sure touch and real joy that belied her years. While her instrumental talents are formidable, Sarah is an equally gifted vocalist and songwriter, talents which led then-16-year-old Jarosz to a record deal with legendary roots label Sugar Hill Records and a major in contemporary vocal improvisation at the prestigious New England Conservatory. Sarah Jarosz has as rich a skill set as anybody in acoustic music. She plays, not just one instrument, but enough of them to be a one-woman string band: mandolin, octave mandolin, claw hammer banjo and guitar. She sings—in supple tones that transcend the boundaries between folk and pop—and she writes old-timey ballads and modern singer-songwriter ruminations alike. In her short and blooming career she has seen a GRAMMY nomination and performances on Austin City Limits and A Prairie Home Companion as well as prestigious music festivals—Bonnaroo, Telluride and Newport, to name a few. Sarah Jarosz, is accompanied by Alex Hargreaves playing violin and Nathaniel Smith playing cello. The incredibly talented trio is growing deeper and deeper with every performance. Come and see for yourself… sarahjarosz.com


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Big Top Chautauqua presents Tent Show Radio featuring host Michael Perry

Fri, Oct 18 • 7:30pm ‘Culture Under Canvas’ comes to Stoughton as Tent Show Radio Live celebrates its 20th Anniversary with this wonderfully dynamic show! Featuring New York Times best-selling author, songwriter, radio show host and amateur pig farmer ~ Michael Perry ~ along with Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra and Special Guests. As heard on Wisconsin Public Radio, Tent Show Radio is recorded in front of a live audience ~ that’s you! ~ for future broadcast on WPR’s upcoming season! Since 1994, Tent Show Radio is heard every week on listener-supported radio stations across the country, and the world on the Internet. Each week features a different live performance from Big Top Chautauqua’s summer season of concerts and musical productions. Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author and humorist from New Auburn, WI. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. Perry’s essays and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire and Runners World, to name a few. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an amateur pig farmer. The Blue Canvas Orchestra combines an eclectic and diverse group of musical-misfits is made up with the finest musicians and singers known for their ‘big sound’. The BCO is the house band at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and perform at the tent throughout the Big Top season and have a vast repertoire of music ranging from original music, comedy, poetry, and historical musicals. bigtop.org

Drakula: The Performance Presented by StageWorks Projects Fri, Oct 25 & Sat Oct 26 • 7:30pm This critically acclaimed, original production is a fusion of dance and drama that heightens the suspense and seducation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel. All the familiar characters are here ... Lucy, Mina, Van Helsing, Harker, Renfield ... plus gargoyles and vampire brides. Celebrate Halloween with this spellbinding production. For tickets call: Stage Works at 608-873-0717. stoughtonperformingarts.com

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Cowboy Junkies Sun, Oct 27 • 7:30pm

Rooted in a melancholic mixture of blues, country, folk, and rock styles, the worldfamous Cowboy Junkies sound just like what the name suggests: you can identify the band that’s playing the languid, darkly seductive music after hearing just a few notes. Often described as haunting, alluring and dreamy, Cowboy Junkies have long since secured their place in the annals pop rock history. The Junkies charted several platinum and gold albums in Canada, from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. They’ve been consistently active since they formed in 1985, releasing albums and DVDs, and touring. That’s 27 years and counting – an absolute eternity in the music business. Recently, they reached the end of an extraordinarily ambitious project: releasing four albums in a mere eighteen months. The last album in the series, The Wilderness, was released in March 2012. This provides proof positive that their creative fire is far from extinguished. The group, which consists of Alan Anton (bass), Michael Timmins (guitar), Margo Timmins (vocals) and Peter Timmins (Drums), likes to change things up from show to show and will choose from a variety of songs spanning from the mid-1980s through their newest album. If you know the Cowboy Junkies for their big hit “Sweet Jane,” you probably think of their sound as somewhat subdued. Make no mistake: their sound has been getting deeper and even more enduring over time. The Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty. cowboyjunkies.com


Ladies Must Swing Sun Nov 3 • 2:00pm

An Evening with Judy Collins Fri, Nov 1 • 7:30pm

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. The music of this Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter could be the soundtrack of your life. With her contemplative songs, creamy voice, and heart-felt delivery, she has been entertaining—and enthralling— fans for many years. In this special return performance, (she sold out the opera house last fall) Collins will take the audience on a journey showcasing her legendary, wideranging vocal talents, performing ballads from her vast songbook including “Both Sides Now,” and “Send in the Clowns,” all delivered in her limpid, vibrato-free voice, hardly touched by time, and still as direct as an arrow to the heart. judycollins.com

Oh it don’t mean a thing, if you ain’t got that Swing! The group’s name says it all… and swing they do! Ladies Must Swing are a 19-piece award-winning big band consisting of 19 energetic dames from Madison and surrounding areas that play nostalgic big band swing music and much more. During World War II, American men answered the call to arms from every walk of life. From the factory to the fields, women stepped up to fill the absent soldier’s spot in the workplace. Most people remember Rosie the Riveter, an iconic worker, with her sleeves rolled up and her goggles pulled down. Less celebrated, but no less important to the war effort were the “Swing Shift Maisies.” These women made up the “Girl Bands” of the 1940’s. Singing and swinging their way into the hearts of those who kept the home-fires burning, as well as enchanting the troops overseas with the USO, was their mission. After the war, men returned to the stages and women, regretfully relinquished their batons. Capturing the essence of these nearly forgotten “Girl Bands,” the women of Ladies Must Swing bop their way through a roaring repertoire of 20th century dance classics -Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Seems Like Old Times, Leap Frog, In the Mood, Tennessee Waltz, and much more! Come by for the afternoon to see, hear, celebrate and re-live history; we guarantee a swinging good time! ladiesmustswing.com

Basia Bulat

Wed, Nov 6 • 7:30pm

  It’s safe to say that Basia Bulat (Bosh-uh Boo-lot) is bringing a little soul to folk music.  Hailing from the forest city of London, Ontario, Basia found her songs and stories dangling from the trees. She began playing the piano at age three and never stopped making music. Infused with sweet ragtime piano melodies, tender-hearted string arrangements (she plays guitar, autoharp, ukulele, etc.), and a remarkable throaty voice, her songs discuss love and life with a combination of sadness and wonder. Live in concert you will instantly notice that you are witnessing a star being born. (think a young Joni Mitchell) With charisma to burn, Basia brings her unique blend of folk and chamber pop to audiences all around the world, gaining fans from the very first note. Her first album, Oh My Darling—short-listed for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize—impressed fans and critics alike, and was followed by Heart of My Own in early 2010.  With a third album scheduled for release this fall (hooray!) and a humble, engaging stage presence, Basia continues to charm at every turn. Says Frank Yang on Chromewaves, “Using the most straightforward descriptors—jazz-inflected, orchestral folk pop with a dash of northern soul—make [her music] sound more conventional than I’d like so instead, I’ll try this. Basia Bulat sounds like springtime smiling. Her music is rich yet breezy, with a melodic enthusiasm that’s nothing short of delightful.”  basiabulat.com Stoughton Opera House Box Office: (608) 877-4400

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Count This Penny

Fri Nov 8 • 7:30pm

  Amanda & Allen Rigell play guitar and bass, and their voices—one a bit gravelly, the other crystal clear—form gorgeous textured harmonies. Allen insists he learned guitar ten years ago to impress Amanda, a high school friend and fellow Emory University student who’d already been playing for about five years. It worked. From Johnson City, eastern Tennessee, the couple knows Appalachia well: it was their back yards, their front porches, and the mountain’s musical traditions which are the cornerstone of their sound. As their voices intertwine, like streams down a mountainside, the Rigell’s tell stories through song.  To experience them live in concert you can actually feel their genuine joy and love of music, which has undoubtedly contributed to their remarkable accomplishments in the past few years.  Count This Penny’s EP reached #6 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, and the band has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television’s 30-Minute Music Hour, and WDVX’s Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN.   This past year, amidst sold-out hometown and regional shows, they’re writing new songs that ring out even shinier -- and sharper around the edges.  Don’t miss CTP; trust us, its well worth every penny!   countthispenny.com   

Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars Sat Nov 9 • 7:30pm

  Bringing a bit of his native Mali to Madison, Tani Diakite is a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists. With his Kamale n’goni, a West African ancestor to the banjo, and his plaintive singing, he drops the deepest blues around. The Kamale n’goni (“young person’s harp”) is a ten- or eleven-stringed long-neck gourd instrument outfitted with an electronic pick-up made from old radio parts. Very rhythmic, with a dance/funk/blues/bluegrass sound, the Kamale n’goni serves as the centerpiece of a popular Malian style called Wasulu. Diakite, who has been living and playing in Madison for years, makes his own. Another driving force of Wasulu music is percussion, and the Afrofunkstars are backed up by one of the hottest rhythm sections around, featuring Paddy Cassidy on jembe, Hugo Reynolds on drumset, and Mamoudou Diallo and Djam Vivie on percussion. The funk is rounded out by bass powerhouse Nickolas Moran, Peter Baggenstoss on keyboards, and Matt Manske on guitar. The interplay between Kamale N’goni and jembe grooves so hard that audiences can’t stay still—the urge to get up and move is too powerful! Diakite’s voice steals the show in the end. Authentic and melodic, with poise and control, he sings of nature and spiritual themes with references to himself, his family and ancestors in Mali.  Lyrics taken from their song Laban (The Last): “In the end, we will never know about the world / This is why we should enjoy our time,” We should all take a little time and enjoy this unique artist living and creating in our midst. tanidiakite.bandcamp.com

Literary Artist Michael Hecht Hey Invisible Man, You Can’t Go Home Again Wed, Nov 13 • 1:00pm The words of Ralph Ellison and Thomas Wolfe, their roots and their peers. This soft talk program combines music, visuals and Hecht’s unique perspective to provide an insight into a branch of a great literary tree. Guest Soloist: Sherri Steventon

The Wailin’ Jennys

Fri Nov 15 & Sat Nov 16 • 7:30pm The Juno award-winning Wailin’ Jennys are three extraordinary women whose beautiful, heart-stopping harmonies, uplifting repertoire and engaging stage presence delight and charm audiences worldwide. Their acoustic blend of bluegrass, folk and roots music has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and alongside Bonnie Raitt and Roseanne Cash. The Wailin’ Jennys’ sound is enriched by their diverse musical backgrounds that make them one of the most exciting groups in folk and roots music. The classically trained vocals of Ruth Moody (vocals, guitar, accordion, and banjo) showcase her versatility as a singer in traditional and Celtic music. Complementing Ruth’s soprano voice is mezzo Nicky Mehta (vocals, guitar, harmonica), who won a Canadian Music Award for her 2002 solo album Weather Vane. Nicky is a trained dancer raised on classical music and heavily influenced by alternative pop. Rounding out the trio is Heather Masse (vocals, upright bass) who comes steeped in both bluegrass and jazz traditions. As a Jazz Voice graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music she has also performed with the Wayfaring Strangers, Joy Kills Sorrow and Heather & The Barbarians. With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jennys are unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound—all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three. Get your tickets early on this one! thewailinjennys.com

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Branson on the Road Wed, Nov 20 • 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Branson’s Traveling Ambassadors are coming back to Stoughton! Don’t be fooled by imitations, this is the REAL deal and they’re coming back with an all new show. Branson On the Road brings the fun of a Branson show directly to you! Classic country, hilarious family friendly comedy, bluegrass, rockabilly and hand clappin’ gospel with Debbie Horton (the only woman to play lead guitar for Johnny Cash), Donnie Wright (the Grand Ole Opry), and Brian Capps (Elvis – look out!). Seen by millions on RFD-TV and PBS, Branson On the Road is the kind of show you thought was long-gone in this day of overproduced music, overused special effects, and performers singing to tracks. In the same tradition as the traveling road shows during the glory days of the Grand Ole Opry, the Louisiana Hayride, and the first Branson music shows, Branson On the Road keeps you tapping, laughing, and smiling. You’ll leave with a smile on your face and humming a tune under your breath! bransonontheroad.com

Rickie Lee Jones Thur Nov 21 • 7:30pm

From the moment she first appeared in front of us on Saturday Night Live in 1979, Rickie Lee Jones has challenged her listeners and the establishment with an absorbing musical vision that defies border and classification. Jones settled in LA at the age of nineteen, doing the classic waiting tables stuff until she landed a recording contract with Warners. Her self-titled debut album in 1979 was a big success, as was the single, Chuck E.’s in Love, about her musician friend Chuck E. Weiss. At the 1980 Grammy Awards, she won a Grammy for Best New Artist, and also received four more nominations: for Record of the Year; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female; and Song of the Year (for “Chuck E.’s in Love”). While none of her subsequent recordings achieved the same level of commercial success, Jones has continued releasing critically acclaimed albums that have explored a variety of sonic terrain from jazz standards to trip hop influenced works. She rocked the culture of singer-song writerdom with her refusal to conform to the stayed and careful eloquence of the folk rock generation that came before her. Neither punk nor pop, she tottered on a thread of her own devise, jazz - the old musical kind, and R&B - the Motown thread that permeates her work. Rickie Lee’s retakes on classic rock hits have been described as radically raw, fearless, and even rapturous. Her sense of humor, musical dexterity and song craft is all evident in her live shows, which show her fearless experimentation and even after 4 decades, she still has her hauntingly beautiful voice. Don’t miss this two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist, producer, songwriter, and musician when she graces the stage with wonderfully eclectic music stylings. rickieleejones.com

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Emo Philips Fri, Nov 22 • 7:30pm

With a wide-eyed, childlike stare, Emo Philips draws the audience down a winding garden path, the listener hanging on every word, softly spoken in an innocently wavering falsetto sing-song voice. Suddenly you find yourself in an Alice in Wonderland world where nothing is as it truly seems. Emo’s mastery of misdirection is the epic cornerstone of his comedy and an ability that other comedians have tried to emulate, but have never really come close to recreating. Emo Philip’s genius has definitely been recognized by audiences (with über fans labeling themselves as Emopheliacs), by the industry (Jay Leno contends that Emo Philips is the best joke writer in America) and in the popular press (GQ Magazine commissioned a panel which judged three of Emo’s jokes to be included in the best seventy-five joke of all time). Since starting out at age twenty in Chicago in 1976, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including an hour-long one on HBO), and many appearances on network television, in both America and the UK. He has appeared in films and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows (such as Doctor Katz, Slacker Cats and Home Movies), but his first love, stand-up, remains his true one. Often sporting a Prince Valient-esque pageboy or Billy Idol-like bleached spikes, Philips is an absurdist in both appearance and delivery with his falsetto tone, childlike delivery and bizarre on-stage mannerisms. Come experience this comedy legend at the Opera House for a night of bizarre thoughts, analogies and crafty one-liners like, “How many people in here have telekinetic powers? Raise my hand.” emophilips.com


Pokey LaFarge

Fri, Dec 6 • 7:30pm

Willy Porter Sat Nov 23 • 7:30pm

How does a young viola player become a folk-rock guitarist? Perhaps Leo Kottke is to blame. At least in Willy Porter’s case he is. Upon hearing Kottke’s 6 & 12 String Guitar, everything changed for a young Porter. He put down his bow and grabbed a pick. The rest is history and still in the making. Hailing from Wisconsin, the multiple WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award winner honed his performance chops in the cafés and clubs around Madison. He also sat on the concert committee in college where he met another guitar legend who would influence him greatly, the late Michael Hedges. A singer, songwriter, storyteller, entertainer, and extraordinary guitarist, Porter defies labels and bends genres. He moves between slide blues, acoustic folk, grooving rock, and soulful pop with grace and equipoise. They all combine to create the uniqueness that is his sound. willyporter.com

Pokey LaFarge and his band sound as if someone had dug up an antique radio, turned it on and heard the music of its era. Decked out in a fedora and vintage clothes, Pokey might be taken for a youthful Bing Crosby and although Crosby drifted popward, LaFarge, who turns 30 this year, has embraced a broad swath of Americana to complement his jazz inclinations, creating a distinct persona that’s definitely not of this century. Yet the charismatic LaFarge and his fleet-fingered band generate such crackling energy live that you’d swear somebody’s time traveling. Over the last decade, Pokey LaFarge has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of Pre-WW2 jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing, all while writing songs that ring true in both spirit and sound. His music transcends the confines of genre, continually challenging the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. Rather than merely conjuring up half-forgotten imagery of days past, Pokey is a lyrical storyteller, the plot delivered through his dynamic vocals. One moment he shouts a line and the next he croons above his archtop guitar, backed by an often ornate, acoustic instrumentation that allows for nothing less than masterful instrumental skill. Born in the heartland of America and based in St. Louis, Missouri, Pokey’s effortless wit and approachable demeanor charms audiences both on and off stage, giving way to a live music experience that manages to be grandiose and unassuming all at once. Pokey LaFarge offers the full package of performer, innovator and preservationist that promises to keep him at the forefront of American music. pokeylafarge.net

“Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever.” Tori Amos

PlayTime Productions Children’s Theater

Nov/Dec TBA

For almost two decades, Playtime Productions Children’s Theatre has been delighting audiences with its creative and spirited renditions of classic tales. Since its very first performance of Snow White, PTP has staged more than a dozen productions, including Peter Pan, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Sleeping Beauty. Keep an eye on our website or call our box office for dates and times, this is an inspiring and colorful event to further expose your families to the magic of live theater. playtimeproductions.org

UW Russian Folk Orchestra Sat, Dec 7 • 7:30pm

The UW Russian Folk Orchestra is a unique ensemble performing Russian and other East-European folk music on authentic Russian instruments. The Orchestra was founded and directed by Victor Gorodinsky and is made up of two groups of authentic Russian stringed instruments: balalaikas and domras. The Orchestra also uses accordions, bayans (button accordions), as well as various woodwind and percussion instruments. The UW Russian Folk Orchestra’s repertoire consists mainly of Russian and other Slavic folk songs, dances, ballads, etc. as well as a few Christmas carols to brighten up the holidays. With their colorful costumes and heartfelt traditional tunes the UW Russian Folk Orchestra will present an authentic picture of Russian folk traditions and culture. These songs are a real treasure and to experience this concert in the intimate setting of the Opera House will be exhilarating and educational for audiences of all ages. russorch.wisc.edu Stoughton Opera House Box Office: (608) 877-4400

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Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind Sun, Dec 8 • 2:00pm

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The Stoughton Chamber Singers and the Bel Canto String Ensemble under the direction of John Beutel have chosen a quote from Shakespeare, “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind”, as the title for their annual Victorian Holiday Concert. Whether people love or hate winter doesn’t matter, we will perform music that uses the elements of winter as metaphor and music that has been inspired by the season. Winter, namely December, is the time of Christmas, so seasonal music by Elgar, Rutter, Holst and other composers will be included on the program along with some “winter” madrigals which have become a traditional part of the Stoughton Chamber Singers’ program.

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Handel’s Messiah

presented by Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Sat, Dec 14 • 7:00pm Few pieces can deliver a fresh perspective each time they are heard. Messiah is one of those works that yields a new secret on every hearing. Performed by the vibrant and professional Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra under baton of Andrew Sewell, the program will featuring four outstanding soloists as well as the Festival Choir of Madison and members of the UW Madrigal Singers. No holiday season would be complete without the Messiah: Soaring and uplifting, quiet and consoling, this timeless story of redemption will warm your heart this holiday season. Halleluiah! Soloists: Stacey Tappan, soprano; Emily Lodine, alto; James Doing, tenor; Peter Van De Graaff, bass. wcoconcerts.org


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“Canada’s premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to blues, urban-pop to old-timey, with wild-eyed invention, haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove.” - Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe

The Duhks

Fri, Jan 24 • 7:30pm Seeing The Duhks (pronounced ducks) live is nothing short of a spiritual experience. A syncopated bluesy banjo number seamlessly follows a Brazilian samba; an old-time jaunt nestles comfortably next to a gospel performance. GRAMMY nominees and JUNO award winners, they are one the most musically adventurous bands to come from the roots scene in the past decade. The Duhks coming to the Opera House stage is definitely a cause for celebration as they perform a mix of contemporary, traditional, and original tunes with irresistible energy and musicianship. Think Carolina Chocolate Drops. Longtime Duhks fans will be pleased to know the band is bringing the original lineup—banjoist Leonard Podolak, fiddler Tania Elizabeth, guitarist Jordan McConnell, percussionist Scott Senior, and singer Jessee Havey. And, for those who like their roots music with a dose of social responsibility, the group is heavily involved Green Duhks, an environmental mission to raise awareness about ways to live a more economically viable and ecologically sustainable lifestyle. duhks.com

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Madison Brass Band Sat, Jan 25 • 3:00pm

With a reputation in the community and among brass bands for innovative and entertaining performances, Madison Brass Band has a long history of entertaining audiences. Bavarian immigrant George Scherer founded the original Madison Brass Band in 1863. Its first members were businessmen, cobblers, cigar-makers, stone-cutters, and a saloon proprietor. Only one member was a professional musician. The band went into remission until 2002 when it was reestablished – since then the Madison Brass Band has become one of southern Wisconsin’s premier musical ensembles, sharing the unique spirit and beauty of the distinctive, mellow British-style brass band sound with a unique early American twist. The 30 piece ensemble has an active performance schedule including concerts and competitions. Most recently, in 2012, the band participated in the North American Brass Band Association Championships for the first time and was named Champions of the Second Section. MBB is directed by music educator and composer Craig Mason who generates a strong synergy throughout the band in every musical genre. Under Craig’s skillful direction the individual talent of even the finest player is often exceeded in context of the ensemble as a whole. Craig’s most sensitive interpretations in both his arrangements and conducting have won the heart of both player and listener alike. Don’t just take our word for it, come out and see for yourself! madisonbrass.com


Beauty and the Beast Jr

presented by Fox Prairie Elementary Jan 28 & 29 • 6:30pm The brainy and beautiful Belle yearns to escape her provincial life...and her brute of a suitor, Gaston. However, Belle gets more adventurous than she wanted when she becomes a captive in the Beast’s enchanted castle! Dancing flatware, menacing wolves, and singing furniture fill the stage with thrills in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR., a beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love. Every year, Director Paul Otteson works devotedly with the Fox Prairie Elementary students providing them guidance to perform on the Opera House stage - and their hard work pays off! Their musical productions always are great fun for kids of all ages.   Free-will donation at door.

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives Sat, Feb 1 • 7:30pm

Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan. Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart, has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music with a missionary’s zeal. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the ‘70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band during the ‘80s and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the ‘90s. The turn of the century saw Stuart looking inward to make deeply felt records paying homage to his love of vintage gospel, his Native American passions, and as always, his core -- foot-stompin’, tail-shakin’, honky tonkin’, rockin’ hillbilly music. His latest musical oeuvre is ably supported by the coolest cats in Nashville - his backing band, The Fabulous Superlatives: guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, and bassist Paul Martin. Stuart’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music is also seen regularly by TV viewers these days, on RFD-TV’s The Marty Stuart Show, a musical variety show and the number one program on the network. So, what’s next? As musicologist Peter North cites, “Marty Stuart seems wrapped in his destiny at this point in time. Not only as country music’s most notable ambassador/caretaker, but as its main archetypical crusader. He has without question evolved into one of the most important roots musicians and visionaries in America.” Stay tuned. martystuart.net

Josh Ritter (solo) Wed, Feb 5 • 7:30pm

You could argue there is a line in every Josh Ritter song that immediately stops you in your thoughts, making you wonder just how talented and magical the songwriter from Idaho really is. Over the past dozen years, Josh Ritter has risen from the expansive middle class of American singer-songwriters to a position as one of his generation’s brightest talents. An evocative poet with a sharp observational eye and a striking sense of maturity, he writes rich, nuanced narratives about romance, Americana and the like. (He’s also a fine guitar player, particularly when he’s fingerpicking in the style of John Fahey.) The son of two neuroscientists, he was on his way to follow in their footsteps when he discovered Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country” in high school. Ritter has been called one of the “10 Most Exciting Artists Now” by Entertainment Weekly and one of the “100 Best Living Songwriters” by Paste Magazine, alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil Young. His sixth studio album The Beast In Its Tracks was released in March of 2012 and debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums. In addition to this commercial success, the album continues to receive widespread critical acclaim— NPR Music calls it, “…gorgeous and glorious,” while Pitchfork praises, “Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition.” When the market is flooded with sensitive male singer/songwriters at the moment, how does one find room for one more? Easy, when one of them writes music as timeless, classic and important as Josh’s. Mr. Ritter writes beautifully crafted songs; scattered with poetic lyricism and visual imagery that imbeds into your psyche long after the songs have ended. Josh is one of those special singer/songwriters that has slowly built more ground with each new release and quietly he has become one of this generation’s greatest singer/songwriters. joshritter.com

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Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Sons of the Never Wrong Sat, Feb 8 • 7:30pm

Back to the Country Revue: Bill and Bobbie Malone, Richard Wiegel, and Kristy Larson Honky Tonk Trio

Fri, Feb 7 • 7:30pm

  Back To The Country Revue presents three stellar acts - Bill and Bobbie Malone, Richard Wiegel, and The Kristy Larson Honky Tonk Trio...all in one show! Share a joyful evening recalling the songs and stories of Country and Western music. This phenomenal show brings premiere musicians and singers together with America’s best-known country music historian and storyteller, Bill Malone. Bill Malone, host of the WORT-FM (89.9) show Back to the Country and author of the first and most complete history of the genre, “Country Music, U.S.A.” is a musician and well known historian of country music. Born and raised near and in Tyler, Texas, Bill taught history at Tulane University in New Orleans before retiring to Madison, Wisconsin.  Married to Bobbie Malone, with whom he plays country music, on mandolin and guitar. Following in the path of finger-picking guitar greats Chet Atkins, Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt, Richard Wiegel has been a fixture on the Madison, WI music scene for more than 30 years. His stirring guitar work has added excitement to the performances of The Midwesterners, Johnny and the Hawaiians, The Wisconsin Opry, Out of the West, The Swing Crew, Clicker and The Bowery Boys. Kristy Larson has been called “one of the shining lights of Madison roots music”. Her light burns even brighter as she joins forces with husband and multi-instrumentalist Mark Roeder as well as Steve Kasprzak. Together, they’re a Midwestern Rawlins and Welch +1. Individually, they’ve enjoyed a long road of country music experience that has shown them the way to the new trio.

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Mix the groundbreaking Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with the whimsical vocal trio Sons of the Never Wrong and you will have a night out that the whole family will treasure. The Chicago Tribune says, “Gritty Chicago blues and rarefied classical chamber music might not seem like a match made in heaven until you’ve heard Corky Siegel bring the two together.” His early years with the Siegel-Schwall Blues Band, his solo performances, and his groundbreaking blues-classical collaborations are all a reflection of Corky’s wide-ranging brilliance. Walking the line between Beethoven and B.B. King, and armed with the creative genius and instrumental prowess that have defined his career for nearly four decades, Corky has pioneered an original, genre-busting Chamber blues–a fresh, innovative sound capturing the sparkling qualities of classical music merged with the emotional, melodic style of blues. SONS are as good as it gets when it comes to skewing the notion of 3-part harmony within original, whimsical songs that spring from both a folk tradition and some other melodic planet you might never have visited. A trio from Chicago made up of Sue Demel, Deborah Lader and Bruce Roper, these three kind of mixed-up adults of perfect parentage are just crazy enough to think life in the fast lane comes with a banjo (wait, doesn’t it?). For 20 years, Sons has been wowing their fans with their music, humor, and outrageously fun live show. chamberblues.com Our heartfelt thanks to Julie & Larry Midtbo for their generous sponsorship of this show.  

Author Michael Perry

Stories from the Middle of Nowhere Thur, Feb 20 • 7:30pm Beginning at the moment he found himself lying face-up in the gutter while wearing church clothes, New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry backtracks through his books and backstories in a humorous monologue drawing on the idea that sometimes the middle of nowhere is the very best place of all. sneezingcow.com


Eilen Jewell

Harry Manx Fri, Feb 21 • 7:30pm

“Mysticssippi” blues man Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He forged his distinctive style by studying at the feet of the masters, first as a sound man in the blues clubs of Toronto and then under a rigorous tutelage with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, which became Harry’s signature instrument) in India over a period of twelve years. Having invested in both styles, Harry saw a connection between Indian ragas and blues scales, the exploration of which led to the Indo-blues hybrid that has become his style. “Indian music moves a person inward,” he says of the style traditionally used in religious ceremonies and meditations. “But Western music has the ability to move you outward, into celebration and dance. There are some ragas that sound bluesy, and ways to bend strings while playing blues that sound Indian.” A prolific artist, Manx has released 12 albums in a 12 year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Solo Artist, and CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award.” The recipe? Blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and throw in some compelling grooves. The music of Harry Manx goes down easy and leaves you hungry for more. harrymanx.com

An Evening with Tom Rush Sat, Feb 22 • 7:30pm

Drawing on over four decades as a folk troubadour, Tom Rush’s performances roam a vast musical territory, from sweet ballads to gritty blues, offering a celebration of where acoustic music has come from and where it’s going. Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ‘60s and the renaissance of the ‘80s and ‘90s. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47 concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations. Tom is still going strong today. His voice has grown even richer and more melodic with training, and his music, like a fine wine, has matured and ripened in the blending of traditional and modern influences. Tom is continuing to write and perform classics like No Regrets”and River Song and his most recent album, What I Know, were voted Folk Album of the Year by the International Folk Alliance. Tom Rush is, in short, folk royalty. The warm, homey magic spun in the course of a Tom Rush performance has often been likened to a cozy evening spent in front of a living room fire. (We’d all be lucky to have such living rooms!) So grab a chair and prepare yourself to be captivated by this preeminent singer-songwriter, whose expressive voice, distinctive guitar style, terrific yarn-spinning, and wry sense of humor have defined acoustic music for generations. tomrush.com

Fri, Feb 28 • 7:30pm Last spring, Eilen announced on stage that she was quite smitten with the Opera House. Well, the feeling was mutual, which is why we asked her and her band to come back! Eilen Jewell’s songs feel like an old friend from the moment you hear them. Her melodies carry an easy groove; her lyrics have the raw nakedness born of simple words, cutting straight to the heart. While some songs are more personal than others, even those she covers are molded to fit her attitude, making everything she touches a personal tale with which everyone can somehow relate. Since her official 2006 debut, Boundary County, Jewell has surveyed a wide range of traditional musical styles: from the folk and jug band leanings of her early recordings to an album-length homage to Loretta Lynn and the country gospel of her work with The Sacred Shakers, right up to 2009s Sea of Tears, which bristled with the electricity of ’60s UK garage rock and Chicago blues. Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell’s newest album, draws on everything from classic country to early R&B, with an emphasis on sounds from the seamier side of the tracks. With her arresting style (Part Madeleine Peyroux, part Kelly Willis, part Billie Holiday, and all with the directness of Hank Williams) and her mesmerizing slowed voice, Eilen Jewell enchants her listeners. For fans of Lucinda Williams, Jolie Holland, Gillian Welch and Billie Holiday, this show will have you believing you’ve always been a fan! eilenjewell.com

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The Stray Birds Sat, March 1 • 7:30pm

When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in joyful harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. Raised on music within a few miles of farmland from each other, The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists– the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven’s richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench, Connection to the audience is the essence of The Stray Birds shows. Gathering around one microphone, they create their soaring sound which is best described as stunning, intense, dynamic and steeped in tradition. They have played passionately throughout the country including high profile folk festivals and on Mountain Stage with Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Named one of NPR’s Top 10 Folk Groups for 2012 – their music resonates with rich American folk traditions and have shaped some of the richest vocal harmonies, tightest acoustic arrangements, and most heart-wrenchingly beautiful songs you’ll find anywhere. They may have strayed from the flock, but these classically trained songbirds make a most joyful and memorable noise! Send your spirit soaring and get your tickets today. thestraybirds.com

“Super-talented acoustic trio whose virtuosity doesn’t get in the way of their soul. Rich vocal harmonies, tight acoustic arrangements, heart-wrenching songs.” - Fly Magazine

The Quebe Sisters Band

Fri, March 7 • 7:30pm 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 highly polished talent and performances so in tune they could easily be triplets, the Quebe sisters are mesmerizing to watch. The extraordinary rhythm guitar of Joey McKenzie and the swinging upright bass of Drew Phelps complete the Quebe Sisters Band, whose unique brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm. 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 Band has performed throughout the US and Europe, as well as making appearances on the Marty Stuart Show, the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, and NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. The Quebe Sisters Band breathes life into a style of music almost forgotten. 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

James McMurtry (solo) Sat, March 8 • 7:30pm

James McMurtry looks and sounds like a guy who prefers his songs laced with a strong dose of reality. The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, Too Long in the Wasteland (1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Music Video of Where’d You Hide The Body. 1997s It Had To Happen received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album. Best known for his hard-rocking drivingbeat social protest songs, James McMurtry has prodigious talents that exist far beyond the one-trick-pony stance of the angry troubadour. It’s hard to articulate what’s unique about his songs, but you know them the instant you hear them, not unlike a broad chain of deep-voiced male Southern white independent songwriting folk-country rockers with great guitar licks, great voices, great minds: Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, and Robert Earl Keen. Gruff and gravelly in tone, energetic guitar, gold-standard lyrics—there isn’t any fluff anywhere. James McMurtry is constantly on tour and he consistently puts on a “must-see” powerhouse performance. Over the years his many skills steadily have coalesced into an increasingly substantial, formidable whole: the voice, the tunes, the stories and the musicianship have become elementally interwoven to create the inimitable fabric of a distinct, singular artist who’s determined to get to the heart of the matter, shake things up and do whatever it takes to make a difference. jamesmcmurtry.com

“James writes like he’s lived a lifetime.” —John Mellencamp

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Cherish the Ladies Thur, March 13 • 7:30pm

With their flutes and whistles, soaring vocals, and authentic tap dancing arrangements, these women will make you want to get up and dance an Irish jig! One of the most popular American-Irish bands playing today, Cherish the Ladies has been playing its enchanting Celtic sounds for over 25 years, sharing the spirit of the Emerald Isle in venues all across North and South America, Europe, China, Australia, and New Zealand. With fourteen celebrated albums under their belt and a host of honors and accomplishments—including being named Best Musical Group of the Year by BBC, Entertainment Group of the Year by The Irish Voice newspaper, and Top North American Celtic Group by the Irish Music Awards—Cherish the Ladies is truly without parallel. Together, the ladies have played alongside such prominent names as James Taylor, The Clancy Brothers, Emmy Lou Harris, The Chieftains, and Joan Baez, earning their own fame along the way. With their talent, vibrancy, and Irish charm, it’s no wonder Cherish the Ladies is the most sought-after Irish-American band in business! cherishtheladies.com

Jeffrey Foucault Fri, March 14 • 7:30pm

This acclaimed singer-songwriter’s spare, gripping brand of folk leaves audiences almost hypnotized. Originally from Whitewater, Wisconsin, Foucault is a longtime disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil. During a decade of mining the darker seams of country and blues to produce a string of elemental albums of rare power, Foucault has garnered accolades across the United States and beyond. His tersely elegant brand of songwriting is set apart by its haunting imagery and weather-beaten cool. While studying history at UW-Madison, Foucault began performing on the local coffee house circuit. Inspired by artists such as Greg Brown, John Prine and Chris Smither, he immersed himself in the roots music of his country, releasing an impressive debut album in 2001. Miles from the Lightning won much praise from critics, particularly for its narrative drive. The success of the album helped kick-start a career of tours across the United States, Canada, and Europe. While on tour, Foucault has played with such artists as Greg Brown, Gillian Welch, Todd Snider, Chris Smither, and Rosanne Cash. With his latest album, Horse Latitudes, the native Wisconsinite shows a poet’s soul ever deepening, a musical style ever more polished, and a talent ever growing. jeffreyfoucault.com

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Real Vocal String Quartet

Fri, March 28 • 7:30pm

Grieg Male Chorus with a Bit of Blarney! Sun March 16 • 3:00pm The Edvard Grieg Chorus presents a St. Patrick’s day benefit show for the Shillelagh Foundation demonstrating that Ole and Lena and Patrick and Colleen have become good neighbors. After all, Dubin was a Norse city. The show features choral music, vocal and instrumental solos, small group ensembles, patriotic songs and a bit of wisdom about the old sod.

Riders in the Sky

Sat, March 22 • 7:30pm Round up your herd and join in the fun with America’s favorite singing cowboys! The four members of Riders In The Sky are still saddled up and singing after 30+ years. Adorned in their colorful Western wear, and their “Great Big Western Howdy” punctuated by yips and yodels, 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. 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. In addition to winning two Grammys and being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars. Billboard magazine’s Jim Bessman counts them as one of “the most historically significant acts in the history of American music.” Yes, it would be “The Easy Way” to call it a career after 30plus years, but it wouldn’t be...” The Cowboy Way!” And so, the never-ending trail drive continues. The ponies are rested and watered, and Stoughton’s Favorite Cowboys are ready to saddle up and ride, bringing good beef to hungry people wherever they may be. ridersinthesky.com

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Four sets of vocal cords, four sets of strings—this is not your typical string quartet. Weaving together the crystalline beauty of their voices with the elegance of classical stringed instruments, the ladies of Real Vocal String Quartet have mastered a unique and captivating sound. This chamber ensemble with choral flair bursts from the eclectic, musically sophisticated base of the San Francisco Bay Area. RVSQ began with violinist Irene Sazer’s inspiration to combine her musical passions: chamber music, improvising, composing, and singing. With violinist Alisa Rose (from Wisconsin), violist Dina Maccabee, and cellist Jessica Ivry, Sazer’s vision sparked the creation of a truly collaborative ensemble that freely mixes and ultimately transcends genres. RVSQ’s repertoire embraces the diverse influences of all four players, including classical, jazz, rock, and styles from West Africa, Brazil, and rural America. Yet while four distinct voices can be heard, in their seven years of performing together, the ladies have achieved a true group sound: their shimmering harmonies dazzle like sun through the rain. rvsq.com

The Barber of Seville

Presented by Opera for the Young  

March/April TBD

FEEEEEEEGARO! A classic character comes to life as a motorcycle-riding rascal in Opera for the Young’s adaptation of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Set in the fabulous 1950s, this comic opera will leave audiences laughing, cheering and inspired. It’s a riotous romp featuring a lovesick count, the blushing object of his affection, a crusty old doctor, and, of course, Figaro. Issues of class consciousness dissolve in the face of true love and hijinks. The local talents of Kegonsa Elementary students will perform in their roles as students of Seville High, a police officer and a very confused music teacher—alongside the professional cast members.  This one-of-akind interactive event makes for a highly-accessible opera with ‘singable’ songs and a story the whole family will enjoy. Founded in 1970, Opera for the Young brings nearly 200 performances, reaching over 75,000 children annually with their professional opera programs.  Opera for the Young music adapt’s lyrics and incorporates catchy melodies that paint musical pictures that will have children of all ages captivated. A person is never too young or too old for great stories set to gorgeous music.     operafortheyoung.org


Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Fri, April 3 • 7:30pm When the Queen of Bluegrass comes to town, you don’t want to miss out! Born into a family of musicians, Rhonda was introduced to broadcasting at age three, performing as The Sally Mountain Show”on her family’s local TV and Radio shows. She started early and never stopped shining: famously crowned as “The Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, 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. With over 80 awards, her top notch band, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, is the most awarded group in bluegrass music. In her music, Rhonda Vincent incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the haunting mountain soul of classic Monroe-styled bluegrass. She has performed with Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, The Statler Brothers, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs, Steve Wariner, and many others, and continues to forge connections with fans through her invigorating performances. Rhonda Vincent is in a state of constant growth as a songwriter, reaching new peaks in an already storied career. Her optimism bursts through the speakers, both believable and inspiring. rhondavincent.com

Jerry Apps: A Farm Story Sat, April 5 • 7:30pm

Award winning writer and historian Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of WisconsinMadison, and the author of more than 30 books, many of them on rural history and country life. In collaboration with Wisconsin Public Television, we will view a screening of “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story” - a portrait of Wisconsin farm life seen through the eyes of a boy growing up in Waushara County. Apps evokes memories of a time when almost as many Americans lived on farms as in cities, and examines day-to-day rural life. Fieldwork was done with horses, cows were milked by hand, lanterns were the source of light and community was essential for survival. After the screening, Jerry will lead us in a discussion of life growing up on a rural Wisconsin farm. jerryapps.com

“Rhonda has a killer voice and drop-dead good looks…”

Watch for our new film series and bluegrass series coming this season!

– Garrison Keillor

Davina and the Vagabonds Fri, April 4 • 7:30pm

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high-energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. So much more than just a blues act, DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original. Something unique to this “blues” project is the instrumentation. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town! davinaandthevagabonds.com

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Red Molly

Fri, April 11 • 7:30pm

Maggie Mae & Heartland Country Band

Thur, April 10 • TWO SHOWS! 3:00pm & 7:00pm Maggie Mae, a home-grown talented country singer/Nashville recording artist, is becoming one of the biggest Midwestern names in pure country music. She is a favorite performer on RFD TV’s Midwest Country Show on Saturday nights (on Direct TV and Dish Network), which has made her a familiar face in millions of homes across the country. Maggie Mae’s instant rapport with the audience and her enthusiasm throughout her shows guarantee enjoyment not only by country music fans but also for anyone else who just loves good music. Maggie and her husband, Roger Hilliard, own and operate Maggie Mae’s Café in Oxford, Wisconsin. Folks travel from across the country to stop at her café where she might just be there singing your favorite country song over breakfast. To date, she has recorded 7 albums and her songs are currently being played on many radio stations across the country and abroad. She has sung with such greats as: The Riders in the Sky, Branson on the Road, David Church and recorded a duet with country great Doug Stone as well as opened up shows for many artists. In 2011, Maggie’s album Cooking Up Country won the Rural Roots Music Commissions pick for Contemporary Country CD of the Year Award. Everyone is sure to enjoy the sounds of Maggie Mae and her talented Heartland Country Band as they present some of the best classic country and yodeling music around. maggiemaecountry.com

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With their gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and a warm, engaging stage presence, the ladies of Americana/roots trio Red Molly have been bringing audiences to their feet since first forming around a campsite in 2004. Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar), dubbed “The Twin City’s sweethearts” by the Bristol Herald Courier, moved from NYC coffeehouses to the festival circuit in less than two years. With their third year at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, the Courier praised how the ladies “lit up the stage, as a massive crowd of adoring fans sat mesmerized by their silky smooth harmonies and superb musicianship.” Light in the Sky, released in 2011, is Red Molly’s first release with Molly Venter, who joined the band when original member Carolann Solebello stepped down. Spending 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 radio chart, the newest album brings back the “tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies” that the Boston Globe praised. Red Molly fans, referred to as “RedHeads”, have always responded to the sense that the band is a group of friends, sharing songs in their living room. With the gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and the touch of jazzy western swing, the trio never fails to impress and delight. Their harmonies sparkle, their instrumentals impress, and their effervescent personalities shine like the brightest stars in the sky. Red Molly is red hot! redmolly.com

The Persuasions Sat, April 12 • 7:30pm

Afro-American music - the great fusion that gave us jazz, blues and rock and roll - is captured in its purest form by The Persuasions. For decades they have been taking a cappella music to ever-new heights, reminding generations of musicians that the human voice is the subtlest and most powerful of all instruments. The Persuasions started out informally in Brooklyn in 1962, five guys who gathered at the end of the workday to sing on street corners and in the subway. Their harmonies reflected a heavy gospel influence but also soul, R&B and pop. Since the 1960’s, their consistently enjoyable music has breathed life into the a cappella tradition. Founded by Jimmy Hayes, The Persuasions have released at least a dozen acclaimed albums since being discovered by Frank Zappa fifty years ago. They have covered gospel and popular music of each decade in which they performed and recorded, including the music of Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, Roy Hamilton, Jerry Butler, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, U2, and the Beatles. Signed to Capitol in their most productive period of the 1970’s, they stay relevant in the new millennium by reinterpreting songs for a new generation. The Persuasions have toured, performed, and recorded with Joni Mitchell, Liza Minnelli, the Grateful Dead, and Ray Charles. In addition to their own recordings, they have appeared on albums by Joni Mitchell, Don McLean, and Paul Pena, and their version of “Papa Oom Mow Mow” appeared on the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Having won over multiple generations throughout their impressive careers, The Persuasions have proven time and again that their traditional a cappella-style talents fill an irreplaceable role in the world of music. thepersuasions.info


The Sweetback Sisters

Playtime Productions Children’s Theater

Fri, April 25 • 7:30pm

The Sweetback Sisters may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. The Sweetback Sisters are a group of uniquely talented musicians whose personal histories are quite varied, diverse and definitely not your typical country music pedigrees. But when they come together on a song, hoo boy its magic; you’d think they’d been playing together since they were babies. Central to the group’s sound are vocalists Zara Bode and Emily Miller. Discovering a mutual love for Hank Williams, the girls began singing country songs after their nightly choir performances. When the tour ended, Bode and Miller both moved to Brooklyn and formed the Sweetback Sisters. They haven’t looked back since since wowing audiences with their national debut on National Public Radio’s Prairie Home Companion. Think “Indigo Girls Meet Sweethearts of the Rodeo and Get Possessed by the Ghost of Patsy Cline While Riding Shot Gun with Bob Wills in a 1939 Ford Pickup,” you might be closer to a description of the band’s special sound. The Sweetback Sisters are guaranteed to charm the boots off of one and all in their Opera House debut. Don’t miss out! thesweetbacksisters.com

Layers of gorgeous girl-on-girl harmonies over swell honkytonk melodies- the kind that make Loretta Lynn fans weep... These guys are brilliant.” - NBC New York

Jim Brickman The Love Tour

Sat, April 26 • 3pm & 7pm

  Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he delivers one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year.  Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends mood and music to touch the heart in a special way, letting fan’s imaginations take them wherever they want to go. With dazzling solo piano and star-studded vocal collaborations, Brickman will wow audience members with his hits including Valentine, If You Believe, Love of My Life and more. The Love Tour strikes the perfect balance between musical intimacy, compelling storytelling and audience interaction. Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best-selling solo piano artist of our time. Brickman has collaborated with many gifted musical artists: Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Michael Bolton and Olivia Newton-John (to name a few). Not only does he have a best-selling book and a successful syndicated radio show—Your Weekend with Jim Brickman, his signature musical style has brought him six Gold and Platinum albums, 30 charted adult radio hits, and two Grammy nominations. Whether performing as a songwriter, an author, a performer, or a radio show host, Jim strikes a chord with listeners and merits an enduring place with fans around the world.  Jim Brickman in the intimate setting of the Opera House will be a beautiful and meaningful concert experience that you will carry in your heart long after the last chord is played.  jimbrickman.com

Apr/May TBA

PlayTime Productions captivates audiences with creative and spirited renditions of classic tales for the family stage with musical theatre for kids, by kids. Keep and eye on our website for the date and theme – PlayTime Production shows are always affordable and fun for the whole family! playtimeproductions.org

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Literary Artist Michael Hecht Beyond the Canvas— Vincent Van Gogh Wed, April 30 • 1:00pm The poetry of Stafford, Kunitz, Frost and Sandberg. The Psalms of King David and the King James Bible. In this soft talk program, Hecht explores these writings to celebrate the great writing talent of this celebrated painter. Special guest soloist: Sherri Steventon

An Evening with Roger McGuinn Fri, May 2 • 7:30pm

If you’ve ever lost yourself to a comfortably jangling guitar or been swept up by an airy, easygoing hook, you owe some of the experience to Roger McGuinn. As lead singer and guitarist for The Byrds, McGuinn has helped carve out a more graceful niche in psychedelic pop and folk— kinetic but never alarming, pillowy but always powerful. Roger McGuinn has been called the father of folk-rock music as his jangly 12-string Rickenbacker guitar and complex vocal harmonies produced hits such as “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and the ethereal beautiful selfpenned ballads like “Chestnut Mare”. McGuinn’s contribution to the legendary 1960s cultural and artistic scene extended to movies as he is a featured singer in the cult classic movie “Easy Rider.”   Among the songs he performs is the movie’s finale, “The Ballad of Easy Rider,” which he co-wrote with Dylan.  While McGuinn played a central role in the birth and development of the Byrds, his musical explorations started before the famous group debuted and passionately continues long after its demise. Come join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening through rock and roll history with a man who helped create the soundtrack of the ‘60s. Roger McGuinn’s impressive playing, timeless stories, acoustic delicacy and calming tender croon will take you on a journey back to memory lane and then turn around and lead you onto a future path. ibiblio.org/jimmy/mcguinn

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Dailey and Vincent

Sat, May 3 • 7:30pm There’s a rich tradition of brother acts in both country and bluegrass music. From the Monroe Brothers to the Stanleys to the Louvin Brothers, it seems there’s something special in sibling harmonies. Darrin Vincent and Jamie Daley were born far apart—the former in Missouri, the latter in Tennessee—yet to experience their heavenly harmonies, these brothers from different mothers, may have you believing they share a common genetic lineage. Dailey & Vincent is one of the top Bluegrass bands in America. Since they burst onto the scene in 2007, Dailey & Vincent have amassed an impressive array of honors including three consecutive IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year, respectively; two Grammy nominations, and the 2011 Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year. Dailey & Vincent’s peerless lineup includes the outstanding mandolin playing and lead and harmony vocals of Jeff Parker, the remarkable talents of banjo player Jessie Baker, fiddler B.J. Cherryholmes, and bass singer extraordinaire Christian Davis, as well as the unmatched vocals of Jamie and Darrin themselves. The irrepressible joy these brothers from different mothers find in every note of their songs have become legendary and the band’s four-part gospel and bluegrass vocal arrangements are absolute show-stoppers. Join us for great evening of music, comedy and family memories. daileyandvincent.bombplates.com

St. Ann’s School Drama Department

Fri, May 9 & Sat, May 10

An end of the school year musical treat for the whole family! Call St. Ann’s School for ticket information (608) 873-3343.

Stoughton Chamber Singers Sing Me a Song and Play Me a Tune

Sun, June 1 • 7:00pm “Sing Me A Song and Play Me A Tune” is the title of this spring concert and the Stoughton Chamber Singers and the Bel Canto String Ensemble under the direction of John Beutel will do just that.  As has become their tradition, the groups will perform a wide variety of music from early to contemporary, from sacred to secular. They will sing and play music that is new and music that is familiar from the diverse world of the musical arts. 

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Stoughton Opera House— Timeline of Growth • 1900–1901 City Hall constructed. “City Auditorium” opens to the public.

100 East Main •Stoughton, WI

873-3244 Dan McGlynn, RPh — Owner

• 1950–1955 In decline, the Opera House is closed to the

public.

• 1961 Amidst questions of structural integrity, the original clock tower is removed.

• 1980–1983 Debate rages over whether the entire building is worth saving.

• 1983 Citizens form the Friends of the Opera House to fund restoration.

• 1988 Enabled by $105,000 in private donations, a new clock is installed on the tower.

• 1990 An additional $74,000 in donations funds the addition of an enclosed fire stairwell.

• 1992 Radiators replaced by central heating and air conditioning.

• 1992–2000 Opera House restoration underway.

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- Balcony reinforced. - Modern dressing rooms constructed. - Main entrance and all woodwork restored. - Elevator installed. - Walls replastered and painted. - Gold leaf fleur-de-lis and scrolls restored. - Embossed metal ceiling restored and highlighted. - Original chandelier upgraded with modern wiring, lamps, and tulip bowls. - Aisles widened. - New carpet installed with embedded light tracks. - Original curtain restored. - Modern light, sound, and intercom systems installed.

• 2001 The Stoughton Opera House grand reopening.


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EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS In Cognito In Memory of Eda Lamos In Memory of Shirley Bickley In Memory of Lorraine Ward Mary & Robert Bennett

PRODUCERS

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DIRECTORS

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AMBASSADORS

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now is a perfect time to become a Friend of SOH. If you are already a Friend, please consider increasing your donation. Your donation is tax-deductible!

Donor Levels

Friend — $25 Patron — $50 Partner — $100

Ambassador — $250 Director — $500 Producer — $1,000

Executive Producer — $2,000

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Opera House Policies

The house opens at least one-half hour before the curtain. Parents should exercise discretion in deciding which events are appropriate for children (aisle seats are recommended). Regardless of age, a seat must be purchased for everyone attending an event, unless otherwise noted. Programs and events are subject to change without notice. Patrons arriving late will be seated at a suitable pause in the performance.

Accessibility Patrons with special needs should call the Box Office for information on handicap parking, wheelchair seating, audio amplification headsets, and other special services. Signed interpretation (pending availability of interpreters), braille, and large-print programs are available if requested three weeks in advance.

Facility/Wedding Rental The Stoughton Opera House is available for rental to individuals, corporations, and community organizations for weddings, conventions, meetings, concerts, and recitals. For more information or to book your next event, call our Event Coordinator at (608) 646-0019 or email her at cdollhausen@ci.stoughton.wi.us.

Box Office Information The box office is open Monday– Friday 9 am–4:30 pm. Open 90 minutes prior to curtain, 30 minutes after performances. Summer hours may vary. Individual and group guided tours are available by appointment by calling (608) 877-4400. Tickets on Sale August 5 for Stoughton Opera House Donors • August 19 General Ticket Sales Begin!

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Stoughton Opera House Order Form 13 14

www.stoughtonoperahouse.com — (608) 877-4400

Online ticketing now available at www. stoughtonoperahouse.com Save when you order three or more shows.

Step One—Select Single or Series Tickets PAGE

ARTIST

DATE

TIME

TICKETS

SERIES

6

Colin Hay

Fri, Sept 13

7:30pm

$40

$38

6

Livingston Taylor

Fri, Sept 20

7:30pm

$30

$28

7

Ole & Lena’s Wedding

Sat, Sept 21

3:00pm & 7:00pm

$20

$18

7

Jill & Julia Show: Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney

Thur, Sept 26

7:30pm

$25

$23

7

Caravan of Thieves

Fri, Sept 27

7:30pm

$20

$18

8

Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien

Sat, Sept 28

7:30pm

$35

$33

8

Brubeck Brothers Quartet: A Loving Tribute to Dave Brubeck

Thurs, Oct 3

7:30pm

$35

$33

9

Grandmothers of Invention

Fri, Oct 4

7:30pm

$30

$28

9

Paul Otteson & Faux Fawn with Dietrich Gosser

Sat, Oct 5

7:30pm

$12

$10

10

The Amazing Acro-Cats

Sun, Oct 6

1:00pm & 4:00pm

$12

$10

10

An Evening with Crystal Bowersox

Fri, Oct 11

7:30pm

$30

$28

10

Sarah Jarosz

Sat, Oct 12

7:30pm

$22

$20

12

Big Top Chautauqua presents Tent Show Radio featuring host Michael Perry

Fri, Oct 18

7:30pm

$35

$33

12

Drakula: The Performance

Fri, Oct 25 & Sat Oct 26

7:30pm

12

Cowboy Junkies

Sun, Oct 27

7:30pm

$40

$38

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An Evening with Judy Collins

Fri, Nov 1

7:30pm

$45

$43

13

Ladies Must Swing

Sun, Nov 3

2:00pm

$20

$18

13

Basia Bulat

Wed, Nov 6

7:30pm

$25

$23

15

Count This Penny

Fri, Nov 8

7:30pm

$15

$13

15

Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars

Sat, Nov 9

7:30pm

$15

$13

15

Literary Artist Michael Hecht: “Hey, Invisible Man, You Can’t Go Home Again”

Wed, Nov 13

1:00pm

15

The Wailin’ Jennys

Fri, Nov 15 & Sat, Nov 16

7:30pm

$40

$38

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Branson on the Road

Wed, Nov 20

3:00pm & 7:00pm

$20

$18

16

Rickie Lee Jones

Thurs, Nov 21

7:30pm

$40

$38

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Emo Phillips

Fri, Nov 22

7:30pm

$25

$23

17

Willy Porter

Sat, Nov 23

7:30pm

$25

$23

17

PlayTime Productions

Nov/Dec TBA

18

UW Russian Folk Orchestra

Fri, Dec 6

7:30pm

$15

18

Pokey LaFarge

Sat, Dec 7

7:30pm

$25

18

Stoughton Chamber Singers: “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind”

Sun, Dec 8

2:00pm

19

Handel’s “Messiah” presented by Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Sat, Dec 14

7:00pm

19

Stoughton Festival Choir and City Band: Christmas Concert

Sun, Dec 15

4:00pm

20

The Duhks

Fri, Jan 24

7:30pm

$25

$23

20

Madison Brass Band

Sat, Jan 25

3:00pm

$20

$18

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Fox Prairie: Beauty & the Beast Jr.

Jan 28,29

6:30pm

21

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives

Sat, Feb 1

7:30pm

$40

$38

21

Josh Ritter (solo)

Wed, Feb 5

7:30pm

$35

$33

22

Back to the Country Revue

Fri, Feb 7

7:30pm

$20

$18

22

Corky Siegel Chamber Blues with Sons of the Never Wrong

Sat, Feb 8

7:30pm

$35

$33

22

Author Michael Perry: Stories from the Middle of Nowhere

Thur, Feb 20

7:30pm

$20

$18

23

Harry Manx

Fri, Feb 21

7:30pm

$30

$28

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An Evening with Tom Rush

Sat, Feb 22

7:30pm

$30

$28

23

Eilen Jewell

Fri, Feb 28

7:30pm

$20

$18

24

The Stray Birds

Sat, March 1

7:30pm

$20

$18

24

The Quebe Sisters Band

Fri, March 7

7:30pm

$25

$23

Suggested kid-friendly events. Suggested group-friendly events. *A group is 8 or more—call for group rate.

QTY

TOTAL

Call StageWorks for Tickets: 608-873-0717

Free-Will donation at door

$5 per family at door

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$13 $23 $5 at door

$30

$28

Free-Will donation at door

Free-Will donation at door

A – Subtotal:

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Stoughton Opera House Order Form

Online ticketing now available at www. stoughtonoperahouse.com

Step One—Select Single or Series Tickets

Save when you order three or more shows.

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ARTIST

DATE

TIME

QTY

SINGLE

SERIES

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James McMurtry (solo)

Sat, March 8

7:30pm

$25

$23

25

Cherish the Ladies

Thur, March 13

7:30pm

$35

$33

25

Jeffrey Foucault

Fri, March 14

7:30pm

$25

$23

26

Grieg Male Chorus with a Bit o’ Blarney!

Sun, March 16

3:00pm

26

Riders in the Sky

Sat, March 22

7:30pm

$35

26

Real Vocal String Quartet

Fri, March 28

7:30pm

$20

TOTAL

Free-Will donation at door $33 $18

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Opera for the Young: Barber of Seville

March/Apr TBD

1:30pm

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Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Thur, April 3

7:30pm

$35

$5 at door $33

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Davina & the Vagabonds

Fri, April 4

7:30pm

$20

$18

27

Jerry Apps: A Farm Story

Sat, April 5

7:30pm

$10

$8

28

Maggie Mae & The Heartland Country Band

Thur, April 10

3:00pm & 7:00pm

$20

$18

28

Red Molly

Fri, April 11

7:30pm

$25

$23

28

The Persuasions

Sat, April 12

7:30pm

$25

$23

29

The Sweetback Sisters

Fri, April 25

7:30pm

$25

$23

29

Jim Brickman: The Love Tour

Sat, April 26

3:00pm & 7:00pm

$45

$43

30

Literary Artist Michael Hecht: “Beyond the Canvas--Vincent Van Gogh”

Wed, April 30

1:00pm

30

An Evening with Roger McGuinn

Fri, May 2

7:30pm

$35

$33

30

Dailey and Vincent

Sat, May 3

7:30pm

$35

$33

30

St Ann’s Drama Department--Theme TBD

Fri, May 9 & Sat, May 10

7:00pm & 1:30pm

Free-Will donation at door

Call St Anns for tickets: 608-873-3343

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Stoughton Chamber Singers: “Sing Me a Song & Play Me a Tune”

Sun, June 1

7:00pm

$5 at door

30

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Fri, June 20 & Fri, June 27

7:30pm

Call BDDS for tickets 608-255-9866

Suggested kid-friendly events.

B – Subtotal:

Suggested group-friendly events. *A group is 8 or more—call for group rate. (shows from reverse side)

A – Subtotal: A&B – Ticket Total:

Step Two—Check Off Your Seating Preference:

Main Floor

Balcony

Box Seats

Step Three—Become a Friend of the Opera House - Donors buy tickets beginning Aug 5, 2013 Friend–$25

Partner–$100

Director–$500

Patron—$50

Ambassador–$250

Producer—$1,000

Step Four—Complete/Submit Your Order Payment:

Check

VISA

Card #:

MasterCard

Executive Producer–$2000

No, Thank you C – Subtotal:

Ticket Sales Total (A&B) $ Donorship Total (C) $ Ticket Service Fee $

Exp. Date:

Grand Total $

Name:

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