STEPHANIE JUTT AND JEFFREY SYKES - ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

Plan Your Visit

How do I buy tickets this year? There was no mailer.
We’ve moved to on-line tickets this year. Since all performances (but one) will be on the UW-Madison campus, you must order through Campus Arts Ticketing, click here.

If you are having trouble or need to order by phone, you may call 608-265-2787 to reach the box office. If you need special seating, please email boxoffice@union.wisc.edu. Call BDDS at 608-255-9866 for additional help.

What form will my tickets take this year?
You can select “mail” or “print at home” tickets. “Print at home” tickets can either be printed or you can show your e-ticket at the hall on your mobile device. All of our tickets, whether purchased online, by phone, or in-person cost the same––there are no “convenience” fees for any option. So buy your tickets now, and breeze right past the box office and straight to your seat!

Where do I park?

  • Collins Recital Hall in Hamel Music Center, Mead Witter School of Music: Across the street on Lake Street is the State Street Campus Garage with entrances on Lake and Frances Streets.
  • The Lucky Building (formerly University Square) across the street on University Avenue also has public parking .
  • Visit Parkopedia for all nearby options here.
  • Stoughton Opera House: On-street parking can be found on Main Street and adjoining streets.

What are the performance halls like?
Each performance hall is special in its own way.

  • Collins Recital Hall in the Hamel Music Center (740 University Avenue, Madison) is a brand-new, state-of-the-art theater of 299 seats. More info can be found in this Isthmus article Collins Recital Hall
  • The historic Stoughton Opera House (381 E. Main Street, Stoughton) is inside of the City Hall and has been beautifully restored. You may want to bring a cushion or pillow to place on the wooden seats––everybody does it!
  • All theaters are indoors. Both halls are air-conditioned.

How can I get more information?
For information on tickets, performances, programs, parking, restaurants, or anything else having to do with your BDDS experience, call our World Wide Headquarters at (608) 255-9866, or browse our website to learn more and sign up for our BDDS E-newsletter.

What should I wear to a BDDS performance?
We’ll never tell you how to dress! Most people opt for business casual, but jeans are fine, too. We want you to be comfortable, and whether you wear a great print on your shirt or body part, everyone is welcome at our concerts.

How long do most concerts last?
Our concerts last about two hours, fun surprises!

What’s up with your name? Is there dancing, do I have to dance?
We encourage your brain to dance while listening to our concerts; you may even feel like moving to the beat in your seat. What we do best is perform chamber music.

Do you offer reserved seating in the new Collins Recital Hall?
Yes! All seating for ticket-holders in Collins Recital Hall on the UW-Madison campus is reserved! Also, prime seating in Collins Hall can be purchased for an additional charge. Prime seats are the first several rows in the orchestra and the first row in the balcony. The Stoughton Opera House seats are still general admission and are on a first-come first served basis.

What if I have special seating needs?
BDDS is dedicated to making sure each patron enjoys its concert. Wheelchair and other special-needs seating is available in Collins Recital Hall in Madison and in Stoughton. Please email Campus Arts Ticketing at boxoffice@union.wisc.edu with special seating requests. You may also call the box office at 608-265-2787. If you need to speak to someone at BDDS, call 608-255-9866. Of course, you may also contact an usher at one of our performances..

What if I arrive late?
As concerts begin promptly at the scheduled time, latecomers will be seated at a natural break in the music. If you must leave the hall during the performance, please do so quietly. Re-entry while the concert is in progress is at the discretion of our ushers.

Are there any other concert hall policies?
Use of cameras or recording devices is strictly prohibited inside the concert hall. Bottled water is permitted in the concert halls. We also ask that you turn off cell phones, beepers, alarm watches, and anything else that might go “beep” during the concert. Need we say it? Please refrain from texting during the performance as it is super distracting to your fellow audience members (we’ve all been that person in the next seat).

Can I exchange tickets for another performance?
Tickets are non-refundable but exchanges are permitted with 48 hours notice. Contact Campus Arts Ticketing at boxoffice@union.wisc.edu or 608-265-2787.

How can full time students enjoy BDDS?
Full time students with a valid student ID can purchase a BDDS student ticket for only $10.00 for any available seat in the house (with the exception of prime seating). Please show a valid student ID at the ticket window or follow the prompts if ordering online.

Can I bring my children to concerts?
Introducing children to the spectacular world of chamber music is a gift that will last a lifetime. Children six years of age and older are welcome to enjoy the music.

What if I can’t make it to the concert?
If you can’t attend concert for which you’ve purchased tickets, consider donating them back to the BDDS for resale. Call BDDS at (608)255-9866 until noon on the day of the concert. We will mail you a receipt acknowledging your tax-deductible donation.

We’re coming in from out-of-town for a Madison performance. Where can we stay?
BDDS recommends the historic Livingston Inn on Gorham Street in Madison. 608-238-6317. Let Peggy know we recommended her!

I want to bring a group to a concert – do we receive ticket discounts?
Absolutely! Enjoy music with friends for 25% off the regular ticket price (for groups of 10 or more). Please call BDDS at (608) 255-9866 for more information.

Do I need to “prepare” for BDDS concerts in order to appreciate the music?
While you can always enjoy the music as it is performed, you can enhance your concert experience with a better understanding of the background stories behind the music. In addition to musicians speaking about the music from the stage, you will find notes in our concert program about what you will hear. Another great way to learn about some music is to do a little Internet surfing and subscribe to our BDDS E-newsletter.

When should I applaud?
We love your enthusiastic applause! Feel free to applaud during the musician’s entrance onto the stage and after the piece is finished (usually when the musicians stand up). Composers usually create a work as a whole, which is often made up of several movements. We list the number of movements for each work in our program. Of course, back in the day it would be an insult to withhold applause during a piece, so if you feel moved…let ‘er rip!

Trumpet MATTHEW ONSTAD A Wisconsin native, Dr. Onstad serves as assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches applied trumpet, coaches chamber music, and performs with the Whitewater Brass Quintet. While earning his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from UW-Madison, Dr. Onstad performed with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble-in-residence. He holds the rank of staff sergeant in the 132nd Wisconsin Army National Guard Band and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Isthmus Brass. He held the position of principal trumpet with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra from 2016-2021. Dr. Onstad has previously taught trumpet at St. Ambrose University, UW-La Crosse, and UW-Oshkosh. He has served as a master clinician with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the 132nd Army Band, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Onstad received his Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Oshkosh. matthewonstad.com

Violinist Paran Amirinazari, an avid chamber musician, is a founding member and artistic drector of the Willy Street Chamber Players. She is a former member of the Hunt String Quartet and has recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cello TRACE JOHNSON, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, has appeared as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician in a wide variety of settings in the U.S. and around the world. He is a cellist in the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida, and recently performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in chamber recitals with faculty from SUNY Purchase, the University of Toronto, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida International University, Shenandoah University, and Queens College in New York City. traceljohnson.com

Bass NICK MORAN, a veteran of the Madison, Wisconsin, music scene, performs on both electric bass and the double bass in varied genres including jazz, Afro-Latin, hip hop, reggae, and funk. Mr. Moran has toured internationally and performed with a diverse collection of acts, including Ben Sidran, Lee ‘Scratch‘ Perry, Clyde Subblefield, and David ‘Fathead‘ Newman (Ray Charles’s sax player). He has also worked with such Madison music institutions as Harmonious Wail, the Gomers, Tony Casteneda, Anna Laube, Joy and the Boy, and the Tim Whalen Nonet. As a freelance bassist, Mr. Moran has recorded tracks and albums for a wide-ranging roster of artists including Gerri DiMaggio, University of Wisconsin-Madison music professor Les Thimmig, Clyde Stubbelfield, Hanah John Taylor, and reggae giants Natty Nation. His playing can also be heard in various Afro-Cuban, hip hop, R&B and funk loop libraries from Sony Music and Apple. In addition to his music career, Mr. Moran works as a production and development consultant for the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium. In 2014, he was named "Jazz Personality of The Year" at the Isthmus Jazz Festival by mayoral proclamation. In 2016, he joined the UW-Madison School of Music as jazz bass instructor.

Conductor KENNETH WOODS was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra in 2013, and was recently appointed artistic director of both the Elgar Festival in Worcester, England, and the Colorado MahlerFest. As a guest, Mr. Woods has conducted ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the English Chamber Orchestra; has been featured on broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, National Public Radio, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; and has appeared at music festivals such as Aspen, Scotia and Lucerne. Under Mr. Woods’ leadership, the English Symphony Orchestra responded to the2020 Covid-19 lockdown, “Music from Wyastone," a series of virtual concerts including dozens of world-premieres of new works and new arrangements, such as a chamber version of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Mr. Woods’s blog, “A View from the Podium,” is one of the 25 most popular classical blogs in the world. He has spoken on Mahler on NPR’s All Things Considered and is a regular speaker on BBC radio programs. Kennethwoods.net

Baritone TIMOTHY JONES has performed in opera houses and with symphony orchestras in the U.S., Ecuador, Mexico, and the Czech Republic. He has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony. In opera houses he has performed leading roles in "The Marriage of Figaro," "Carmen," Die Zauberflöte," "Cosi Fan Tutte," "Don Giovanni," "Don Pasquale," "La Boheme," "Falstaff," "Macbeth," and "La Traviata." He has been a frequent guest with the Victoria Bach Festival, New Texas Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Ars Lyrica Houston, Cactus Pear Music Festival, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. As a committed performer of contemporary music, Mr. Jones has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions by leading composers of our time. He currently lives in Houston, where he serves on the faculty of the University of Houston.

Cellist KENNETH OLSEN joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal cello in 2005. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and a winner of the school's prestigious concerto competition. His other awards include first prize in the Nakamichi Cello Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and second prize at the 2002 Holland-America Music Society Competition. His teachers have included Richard Aaron at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joel Krosnick at New York's Juilliard School of Music and Luis Garcia-Renart at Bard College. He also has been a participant at the Steans Institute for Young Artists (the Ravinia Festival's professional studies program for young musicians) and at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. A native of New York, Kenneth Olsen is a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string orchestra comprised of young musicians from orchestras and ensembles all over the country.

Violin SUZANNE BEIA is co-concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and second violinist in the Pro Arte Quartet. A native of Reno, Nevada, she began her musical studies on the viola at the age of ten. Three years later, she shifted her attention to the violin and made her solo debut at the age of fourteen with the North Lake Tahoe Symphony. Since that time, she has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Germany. Before coming to Madison, Ms. Beia held the position of principal second violin in the Wichita Symphony and has held concertmaster positions with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and Chamber Symphony of San Francisco. She also held the assistant concertmaster position in the New World Symphony. Her chamber music experience has been extensive: she has performed at festivals such as Chamber Music West, Telluride Chamber Music Festival, Token Creek, Festival de Prades, and Chamber Music at the Barn. Ms. Beia has served on the faculties of the Rocky Ridge Music Center and Florida International University.