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“A must if you're in Madison in July”

Concerts on the Square
Ranked #2 of 14 Concerts & Shows in Madison
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is a long standing tradition and with good reason - wonderful music, friendly environment, great selection of food and a beautiful backdrop of the state capitol. And you can show up just before the concert begins because there are numerous speakers set up so you don't have to be right near the orchestra and there is always room on the street or sidewalk for a folding chair. It's fun, of course, to bring your own food but if you're in a time crunch, know that you can always get something great from one of the many vendors all around the capitol. Don't miss this one.

1  Thank kirchie
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Good music, friendly fun, whole square blocked to traffic, bring a blanket and some food and enjoy, plenty of parking surrounding square in public lots

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

On the evening we were there, the Madison orchestra performed the works of John Denver and Dan Fogelberg. Vocalists were great and orchestra was very Boston Pops-like. Fun evening in front of the beautiful State Capitol building in downtown Madison.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performs on the Square free of charge about 4 times during the summer. Patrons bring a picnic dinner and their blankets or special lawn chairs when they attend this event. If you like you can purchase food from the many vendors that are nearby. The music is first rate and very professional. I've never been disappointed in the music in the decades that I have attended.

There are one or two drawbacks to the concert. First, there are toilet facilities, but the ones inside the Capitol are somewhat difficult to find. The other problem is that often patrons talk or children run about making noise during the concert. It seems they use the concert for background music for their chatter rather than for the wonderful performance at hand. To avoid this problem it is best to look for a spot where there are fewer people. There's no problem in hearing the music since there are great speakers all around the Square.

Parking is available at a cost in the city ramps or on the street.

Thank harplute
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Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

We have been going to the concerts on the square for many years. Our children bought us tickets for a table up near the orchestra for our anniversary. It was most delightful. The music was wonderful and the food service great. The tables were decorated with fresh roses and white linens. It iwas definitely an evening to remember.

Thank Marie R
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