MEMF 2020

Due to the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s decision to suspend in-person courses, workshops, and conferences for summer term because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Madison Early Music Festival Workshop and Concert Series has been postponed. This extraordinary situation has affected all of us and we missed seeing you this summer. Updates will be posted on our website as they are available.

The 21st annual Madison Early Music Festival Workshop and Concert Series presents The Good, the Bold and the Fearless: Musical Life at the Burgundian Court. Throughout the 15th century, the Valois dukes of Burgundy became celebrated arts patrons and supported many salaried composers, singers, and instrumentalists who performed at court and chapel. Guillaume Du Fay, Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin des Prez, and Pierre de la Rue were the leading Franco-Flemish School composers from these regions of the Low Countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and northern France). They were heralded as innovators of a new international musical style.

Experience the world of minstrels, knights, and chivalry at court and in chapel that flourished in this splendid historical center of the arts, thanks to the patronage of Philip the Good, Charles the Bold, and John the Fearless, the dukes of Burgundy!

In addition to a 6-event Festival Concert Series, lectures, and workshops provide participants with opportunities to learn and practice instrumental and vocal skills, become familiar with historical performance practices and repertoire, learn about the featured music through the lens of history and culture, and perform with other participants and faculty artists. Courses are offered for players and singers of all skill levels and advanced registration is required.

We look forward to sharing our sumptuous musical feast with you in July!

When: July 11 – 18, 2020

Concerts: 6-concert series open to the public

Lectures: Free pre-concert lectures by musicologists, historians, and performers

Workshop faculty: Renowned performers and teachers in voice, strings, winds, musicology, and more

Special events: Dance and more


Tickets to individual concerts are $22 for general admission and $12 for students. The Festival Concert Pass costs $90 and includes admission to all 5 evening concerts.

Purchase tickets: online; at the Vilas Hall Box Office; at the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office (Memorial Union); by calling 608-265-ARTS (2787); or at the door.

Note: All MEMF Concert Series concerts and lectures are free for participants in the MEMF Workshop. There is a $4 transaction fee per ticket when purchasing online or by phone.