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Madison Early Music Festival (multiple locations)


  • Humanities Building 455 North Park Street Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)
Xavier Díaz-Latorre.

Xavier Díaz-Latorre.

The Madison Early Music Festival, now in its 18th year, offers a schedule of academic workshops for visiting musicians and scholars at UW-Madison, paired with a bunch of medieval, Renaissance, and baroque concerts open to the general public. This year’s festival theme, "Quixotic Musical Treasures From The Golden Age of Spain,” seems decidedly more interesting than last year’s commemoration of Shakespeare and the Elizabethan period. This year’s programming, as the theme indicates, will focus on Cervantes’ Don Quixote and significant music from the Spanish Habsburg period.  There are a total of seven concerts during this year’s festival, which, of course, include the standard participant and all-festival concerts. Piffaro, a Renaissance wind ensemble based out of Philadelphia and a regular presence at MEMF, is a sure bet on Saturday, July 8, offering an overview of this year’s theme with a performance titled “The Musical World Of Don Quixote.” But I’m most excited for Sunday, July 9 and the string-plucking of Xavier Díaz-Latorre, who will perform a solo recital of Fantasías & Danzas del Siglo de Oro on the vihuela, an early Spanish guitar-shaped string instrument. This event has multiple showtimes and locations, so see the full schedule. —Chali Pittman

Earlier Event: July 8
Hot Summer Gays
Later Event: July 8
Ben Silver (free)