Festival Choir of Madison

Celebrating the power of music for over 45 years!

Festival Choir of Madison is an auditioned mixed-voice choir of 50 experienced singers who come from all walks of life to make music together. We pride ourselves on our exquisitely crafted performances. Each is a musical journey binding audience and musicians together in a memorable experience.

Festival Choir is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

45 Years Later…
Mar
17
7:30 PM19:30

45 Years Later…

A birthday party with three toasts: to music, to life, and to freedom!

The music of Orlando Di Lasso, Henry Purcell, Joseph Haydn along with choral jewels by Rossini and Verdi. And also: a US premiere of music by the Chicago-based composer John Milne along with the beautiful setting of “If Music Be the Food of Love” by one of the Festival Choir’s favorite composers, Jean Belmont.

Join us and find out what other presents we have prepared for you! Cheers!

Purchase individual tickets here or season tickets here. Tickets are always available at the door.

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The Slavic Soul
May
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Slavic Soul

For our final concert of the 2017-18 season, our Artistic Director Sergei Pavlov and the Festival Choir will share the stage with guest conductor Nikoleta Popova who will lead us in a program of Slavic and Bulgarian music.

Dr. Popova is a renowned specialist in Eastern European and Bulgarian music and has offered seminars and masterclasses all over the world. Currently, she is Professor in Conducting at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias in Spain, where she is also music director of the conservatory orchestra and choirs. She has appeared as guest conductor in Austria, Italy, Spain, Poland, US, as well as her native Bulgaria.

Born in Dobrich, Bulgaria, Nikoleta Popova received her education as a conductor from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, where she studied with the legendary Austrian conductor Johannes Prinz. Among her teachers are also Eric Whitacre, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Alex Schillings, Klaas Stok, Marco Antonio Da Silva Ramos, and others.

Purchase individual tickets here or season tickets here. Tickets are always available at the door.

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Handel's Messiah with WCO
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Handel's Messiah with WCO

The Messiah returns for its eighth year at Blackhawk Church on Madison's west side. We welcome the return of last year's outstanding vocal quartet who knock our socks off, and the combined Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Chorus and Festival Choir of Madison under directors Scott Foss and Sergei Pavlov. This seminal holiday tradition of Handel's masterpiece is a must for everyone.

Purchase tickets at wisconsinchamberorchestra.org.

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Northern Lights
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Northern Lights

The Festival Choir of Madison presents ‘Northern Lights,’ a concert of contemporary Norwegian and Baltic Choral music, inspired by the phenomena of Aurora Borealis. Our voices will be supported by leading Madison-based musicians in this magical journey through the mystical soundscapes of the North.

  • Trond Kverno (Norway) – Ave Maris Stella 
  • Ola Gjeilo (Norway/US) – Northern Lights  
  • Eriks Esenvalds (Latvia) – Northern Lights
  • Ola Gjeilo (Norway) – Dark Night of the Soul
  • Lars Jansson  (Sweden) – Salve Regina 
  • Peteris Vasks (Latvia) – Mother Sun 
  • Douglas Hill (Wisconsin, US) – “A different Drummer” Homage a Thoreau

Purchase individual tickets here or season tickets here. Tickets are always available at the door.

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Handel's Messiah with WCO
Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Handel's Messiah with WCO

Händel's masterpiece returns for its eighth year at Blackhawk Church on Madison's West side. We welcome the return of last year's outstanding vocal quartet Sarah Lawrence (soprano), Jamie Van Eyck, (mezzo-soprano), Calland Metts (tenor) and Peter Van de Graaff (bass), along with the combined WCO Chorus and Festival Choir of Madison under directors Scott Foss and Sergei Pavlov.  Andrew Sewell conducts the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, choir and soloists in this seminal holiday tradition of Händel's "Messiah".

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Festival Choir of Madison
PO Box 45618
Madison WI 53744

info@festivalchoirmadison.org
(608) 572-7572

Supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.