A new festival highlights the role of women in the arts, with an emphasis on contemporary classical music. Info/tix
Featuring women composers, academics, and performers of various disciplines, the inaugural LunArt Festival is an exciting step in music and arts programming in Madison. Organized by flautist Iva Ugrćič, and oboist Laura Medisky, LunArt emphasizes classical music, but expands its bill to hip-hop and other non-classical music, as well as writing, storytelling, and dance. One event, Moon Dances, on June 28 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, features over a dozen local musicians from ensembles such as Sound Out Loud and the Hunt Quartet, performing work by seven different artists, including composer-in-residence Jenni Brandon.
LunART also features resource and educational events such as From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers Masterclass (June 28, First United Methodist Church), led by Brandon, as well as a lecture (June 28, MMOCA) by musicologist and UW-Madison instructor Andrea Fowler, which will highlight the roles of women in the many facets of the music industry. The three-day long festival holds events, some free and some ticketed, in eight different locations around Madison and features not only established artists of several disciplines, but also emerging composers in their From Page to Stage concert on June 30 at the Capitol Lakes Grand Hall. —Emili Earhart