Special Events

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The Music of Words

April 6, 2019, 8 PM, Promenade Hall
Weaving a colorful and evocative tapestry of poetry and music, flutist Stephanie Jutt and pianist Jeffrey Sykes perform with poets Max Garland, former Wisconsin Poet Laureate and recent winner of the Brittingham Prize; Madison poet Catherine Jagoe; and New York poet Mark Belair. Support for this event is provided by Overture and Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Tickets at

Free Post-concert Reception Opening Night

A free champagne and dessert reception will be held following the performance on Friday, June 14, in Promenade Lounge, to celebrate BDDS’s 28th season opener.

Pre-order Picnic Lunch Between Sunday Concerts at Hillside

Enjoy a picnic from Pasture and Plenty after the 2:30 PM concert or before the 6:30 PM concert in Spring Green for $18.  You can spread a blanket on the beautiful Hillside Theater grounds or eat in the Taliesin Architecture School Dining Room, which will be open exclusively to BDDS concert-goers. Choose from Green Goddess Chicken Salad, Market Veggie Quiche with Greens, or Hearty Greens and Grains with Seasonal Veggie Bowl (gf/vegan). Seasonal sweet treat and beverage included. See the BDDS order form or call BDDS at 608.255.9866.

Special Bayan Performance at the Arts & Literature Lab

Ever been to a bayan concert? It’s a Russian-style accordion that will be featured in Week 1 of the festival this summer. You can hear it played by BDDS artist Stas Venglevski in a special program with flutist Stephanie Jutt at the Arts & Literature Lab, 2021 Winnebago, on Wednesday, June 12, from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Admission is free for donors at the Pyrotechnic level and $10 at the door for others. Refreshments will be available and attendance is limited to 50 guests. (CSArt Madison, a visual art show, also will be on view at the Arts & Literature Lab.)

Young Professionals Night

Join our board member Sarah Best (from Sarah Best Strategy) and other young professionals for a pre-concert drink at Estrellón’s bar on Saturday, June 15, from 6:15 – 7:15pm. Sarah’s buying your first one! Then come together to the concert “Quadruple Axel” in The Playhouse, at Overture Center. (Estrellón is at 313 W. Johnson; concert starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets at