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2024 LunART Festival: “REBIRTH”

May 29 @ 7:30 pm - June 2 @ 7:30 pm

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LunART continues its mission of supporting, inspiring, promoting and celebrating women in the arts at its 2024 LunART Festival: “REBIRTH,” which takes place from Wednesday, May 29, to Sunday, June 2, in Madison.

The 2024 season brings four public events to Madison, providing accessible, high-quality, engaging concerts and events with diverse programming from various arts fields. The festival showcases the works of more than 20 women composers and features over 40 local, national, and international musicians. Guests will experience gala concerts, engaging discussions, abundant inspiration, and more!

“Art & Motherhood” Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 p.m.

Arts + Literature Laboratory

FREE admission

Join for a captivating panel discussion featuring distinguished artists Melinda Wagner (composer, a Pulitzer-prize winner in 1999), Emily Birsan (soprano), Issis Macias (visual artist), R.B. Simon (poet), and moderator Marie Pauls (musician) as they delve into the intersection of art and motherhood. From composing symphonies to hitting high notes and painting vibrant canvases, these talented individuals have mastered the delicate balance between nurturing their craft and nurturing their families.

Chamber Music Concert with Emily Birsan, soprano

Friday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.

Hamel Music Center

Admission: General $35, Students $15

Join LunART’s annual celebration of diverse musical works featuring famous lieder to laments! A night to never forget with the performances of both masterworks and illuminating, contemporary pieces. Rejoice in the magical atmosphere that string quartets, Greek mythology, operatic voices, Scottish folklore, and skin drums will bring to light.

Listen to the classic “6 Lieder, Op. 13” by Clara Schumann and ancient Greece’s most heartbreaking stories in operatic song: Purcell’s “Dido’s Lament,” and rediscover the story alongside us with Wagner’s “Dido Reimagined.” Our journey back in time continues with a new work from our Call for Scores winner, Lisa Neher. This piece will take us to 17th century Scotland to examine the thrilling fates of revenge and redemption.

Gala Chamber Music Concert

Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.

Hamel Music Center

Admission: General $35, Students $15

Witness a chamber music extravaganza full of sonorous trios, contemporary jazz quartets, string ensembles, ravenous percussion, vibraphone solo features, and a full women’s choir to celebrate the great finale of the LunART 2024 Festival.

Revel in the masterful works by 2024 Composer-in-Residence Melinda Wagner’s “Wick” for sextet, Paola Prestini’s “G Force” for vibraphone and string quartet, and honoring the late Rachel Laurin’s “Rio Op. 17” for flute, viola, and piano. Specially featuring our 2024 Call for Scores winners and their intensely captivating works “Trapped” and “Phantasmagoria”: Claire Cope (United Kingdom) and Meg Okura (Japan), in addition to the fabulous ARTemis Choir.

Composers Hub Spotlight Chamber Music Concert

Sunday, June 2, 2:30 p.m.

Arts + Literature Laboratory

FREE admission

Seven composers from far and wide come together for a performance of fresh, new chamber works. Presenting different facets of “REBIRTH,” grounded in nature and the human experience, this performance will feature works by our Composer-in-Residence Melinda Wagner and our 2024 Composers Hub fellows: Addison Struckman, Alexa Canales, Campbell Helton, Joanne Na, Justine Stern Leichtling, and Yunfei Li. Reception to follow! Learn more about the Composers Hub program.

Tickets for the LunART Festival 2024 are now on sale and can be purchased at lunartfestival.org.


May 29 @ 7:30 pm
June 2 @ 7:30 pm
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