11 Legendary Concerts

Winter 2017

Music is tied up in the fabric of campus life. Some concerts — including these — are highlights from the university’s history.

Dee Willems ’90, MS’96

Winter 2017

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“I figured if it was going to happen eventually, it might as well be me,” says Dee Willems …

Wisconsin Singers

Winter 2017

For five decades, the Wisconsin Singers have taken their act on the road to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the university. Former WAA …

Marching Band Auditions

Fall 2017

Stop at the top!


Summer 2017

UW–Madison honors the one-and-only “Funky Drummer.”

Mark Zimmer ’82, JD’85

Summer 2017

Andy Manis

By day, Mark Zimmer ’82, JD’85 is a Madison lawyer. But by night, he’s a classical-music …

Patriotism and Poison Gas

Spring 2017

A submarine detector tested in Lake Mendota is just one of the contributions UW faculty members made to the war effort.

Rock ’n’ Roll Poet

Spring 2017

Why Dylan winning a Nobel Prize was a long time coming.

Alt-Rock Apex

Winter 2017

A new documentary tells the story of a legendary Madison recording studio.

The Hyperpiano

Winter 2016

UW music professor Christopher Taylor debuts the new instrument he developed on campus.

Musical Theater Performance

Summer 2016

When we start staging things, if you don’t know your lyrics, you are going to get killed

War Anthems

Spring 2016

Soldiers share the songs that served as their soundtrack in Vietnam.

Long May They Run

Winter 2017

Longtime friends Phil Davis ’76, MA’81, Butch Vig ’80, and brothers Pete ’76 and Frank Anderson hatched an unconventional plan to record their successful first album.

A Cappella Groups

Summer 2015

With their voices becoming the instruments, six student groups are making beautiful music on campus and beyond.

One Time at Band Camp…

Summer 2015

This is perhaps the most casual-looking canoeing tuba player we’ve ever seen. Granted, he’s the only canoeing tuba player we’ve ever seen.

It Was a Very Good Year

Winter 2014

In 1964, the university was marked by rising interest in civil rights, a legendary live music scene, and such a large incoming class that officials considered banning student cars and bicycles and building a campus subway or monorail.

Quick Takes: Fall 2014

Fall 2014

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Dan Venne ’01: From Bands to Brands

Summer 2014

The work of Dan Venne ’01 is everywhere.

Musical Numbers

Summer 2014

Math and music are connected in some surprising ways, and David Kung '94, MA'96, PhD'00 has made it his business to become an expert in all of them.

The Varsity Band Concert

Spring 2014

it’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Leckrone!

Lois Levenhagen

Spring 2014

Meet the woman who keeps the UW’s band in stitches.

David Bither MA’78: Record-Holding Record Label

Spring 2014

David Bither MA’78 of Nonesuch Records goes with his heart.

The Frankenpianist

Spring 2014

Music professor by day and eccentric genius by night, Christopher Taylor is creating a double-keyboard instrument that could revolutionize the world of piano-playing.

Music 660: The Legendary Performers

Summer 2013

Today’s successful artists are influenced by the greats of past eras.

Student Watch: Winter 2012

Winter 2012

New residential community focuses on arts and design.

WAA Honors 2012 Distinguished Alumni

Summer 2012

Meet five Badgers every alum should know.

They Could Have Danced All Night

Summer 2012

Athleticism guides this motivated team.


Spring 2012

When a young woman dressed as reality TV fixture Kim Kardashian says she’s never worked harder in her life, she’s not kidding.

If You Want to Be a Badger …

Winter 2011

To earn your red and white stripes, you need to know a few things about Wisconsin traditions and rituals, past and present.

Flashback Winter 2011: Fiddlers on the Run

Winter 2011

... they are known for playing oldies. Really, really old oldies.

UW Band at 125: Uniformly the Best

Fall 2011

On Wisconsin takes a look back at what band members wore while bringing joy to Badger fans and audiences everywhere.

Bright Lights in the Badger City

Fall 2011

Red Tie Gala to celebrate alumni, increase scholarships.

Life Lessons

Fall 2011

When Richard Davis teaches, his words are like the notes he plays, flowing effortlessly from topic to topic, as he explains music and so much more.

War Dance

Summer 2011

Dance company interprets campus history.

State of the Arts

Fall 2010

From the university's earliest years, the arts have held a special place on campus — for those who create or perform and for those who experience the results.