Updated May 15, 2020

Overture Center is committed to the safety of our guests, resident organizations, artists, volunteers and staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be closed until further notice. Currently, all scheduled events through June are canceled. Moving forward we will continue to closely monitor the situation so that when we do re-open, the decision will be based on what is in the best interest of our performers, resident organizations, guests and staff. Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this unprecedented time.

See below for a detailed list of affected performances and events.

Ticket Holders

If you have tickets for an upcoming performance, our ticket office will contact you (by email, if applicable) to outline your options: receive a refund, receive a gift certificate or donate your tickets back to Overture. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this process.


Please note: refunds are only available for tickets purchased directly through Overture Center. We are not responsible for the refund practices of secondary ticket brokers (e.g., StubHub, Vivid Seats, etc.) If the tickets were transferred or forwarded to you, the refund will be applied to the credit or debit card used for the original purchase.

If you have a ticket for one of Overture’s resident organizations for an upcoming affected event, you will be contacted directly by the organization regarding your options. Our resident organizations are Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Children’s Theater of Madison, Forward Theater Company, Kanopy Dance Company, Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Madison Ballet, Madison Opera, Madison Symphony Orchestra, James Watrous Gallery and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

Our Future

We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves to ensure the health and well-being of our guests, artists and staff before anything else.

Although our building doors are locked and most of our employees are working from home, we are finding ways to promote the arts and share the joy of the arts within our community. Our galleries remain active with new digital versions of exhibits and our social media platforms continue to engage patrons with new content.


How You Can Help

You can make a difference in Overture’s future.

Many of our patrons have asked how they can help Overture during this crisis. We are reflecting on how we will support our community when we reopen. How will we deal with everything that has happened? How will we process it, memorialize it and make sense of it? The arts are a vital element to our healing process—and access to the arts is more important than ever.

Overture’s mission to “support and elevate our community’s creative culture, economy and quality of life through the arts” comes alive in our 20 community programs, making it possible for schools, families and individuals of all ages to engage in the arts. Each year, we serve nearly 300,000 community members of all ages and backgrounds through these free and low-cost programs.

With the current economic uncertainty, the great influx of people experiencing layoffs and lost jobs, the demand for these opportunities will only increase. We want to be ready to meet that demand.

To do that, we need your help!

Our spring match campaign is underway with our Corporate Champion, Bell Laboratories, and Local Legend, Dianne Christensen (in honor Sandra Gajic), matching gifts (up to $200,000) made through June 30. During the next three months, every dollar you donate will be matched, doubling your impact when we need it the most.

Please consider investing in Overture’s efforts to heal the community through art.


Affected performances and events


MY FAIR LADY: Canceled

Overture Presents

One Night of Queen: Rescheduled for WED, MAR 31, 2021
The Flying Karamazov Brothers Present 4 PLAY: Rescheduled for FRI, JUN 4, 2021
Step Afrika!: Canceled
Duck Soup Cinema: The Social Secretary: Canceled
Monkey Baa’s ‘Diary of a Wombat: Canceled
Listen Local: Halo O Malo: Canceled
National Geographic Live: From Summit to Sea with Andy Mann: Canceled
Plena Libre: Canceled
Air Play: Rescheduled for WED, MAY 5, 2021
Classic Albums Live performs AC/DC’s Back in Black: In the process of rescheduling
RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles: Rescheduled for WED, APR 21, 2021
The Finest Hour featuring Davina & The Vagabonds and Hot Club of Cowtown: Rescheduled for FRI, OCT 23
Kathy Mattea: Rescheduled for THU, AUG 27
Alonzo King Lines Ballet: Canceled
National Geographic Live: Hidden Wild: Canceled
Star Wars Live in Concert: Canceled
The Best of The Second City: Late Night Edition: Canceled
The Second City’s Laughing (For All The Wrong Reasons): Canceled
Alysha Umphress “a girl with standards”: Canceled

Presenting Partners

Scooby-Doo! And the Lost City of Gold: Rescheduled for THU, OCT 15
The MadHatters Spring 2020 Concert: Canceled
BANFF Centre Film Festival World Tour: Canceled
An Evening with David Sedaris: Rescheduled for MON, DEC 7
Mike Birbiglia Live!: In the process of rescheduling

Resident Companies

Children’s Theater of Madison – Peter Pan: All shows canceled
Forward Theater Company – The Amateurs: All shows canceled
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presents Yolanda Kondonassis: Canceled
Madison Symphony Orchestra – Dvorák Requiem: Canceled
Madison Symphony Orchestra – Piano Power: Canceled
Madison Symphony Orchestra – Greg Zelek with The Diapason Brass & Timpani: Postponed
Madison Ballet – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Canceled
Madison Opera – Orpheus in the Underworld: Canceled
Kanopy Dance Company – The Far-Out Prophecies of Nostradamus: Canceled
Children’s Theater of Madison – Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure: Canceled
Kanopy Dance Company – The Next Generation: Canceled
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra – Masterworks IV featuring Eric Silberger: Canceled
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra – Masterworks V featuring Andrew Balio: Canceled
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 2020 Season: Canceled

Overture Galleries

Overture Galleries: Clear Cut – The Wages of Dominion: Rescheduled as a webinar
Overture Galleries: Earthly Kin Playhouse Gallery Recetion: In the process of rescheduling
Overture Galleries: Poetic Justice: Words on Environmental Crisis: In the process of rescheduling
Overture Galleries: The Truth About Recycling: Here and Around the World: In the process of rescheduling

Kids in the Rotunda

Kids in the Rotunda – The Handphibians: Canceled
Kids in the Rotunda – Lullaby Project: In the process of rescheduling
Kids in the Rotunda – Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble: Canceled
Kids in the Rotunda – Wagging the Tail: Canceled
Kids in the Rotunda – Ken Lonnquist: Canceled
Kids in the Rotunda – Davey Doodle & the Red Hots: Canceled


Overture Center for the Arts Blood Drive: Rescheduled to WED, JUL 15
Southern WI Jerry Ensemble Cabaret: Canceled