Madison Early Music Festival: Workshop, Concerts, Lectures. The Grand Tour: A 20th Anniversary Celebration July 6-13, 2019

MEMF 2019

Please note: This page contains information on the 2019 Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF). Details on MEMF 2020 will be shared as they become available.

In 2019 the Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF) will present The Grand Tour: A 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Madison Early Music Festival; an homage to the 300-year tradition of young English aristocrats trekking through France and Italy in search of art, culture and the roots of Western Civilization. This theme will take a trip of discovery through the wealth of music, art, ideas and inventions that illuminated Medieval, Baroque, and Renaissance eras; experience a full week of classes, lectures, and concerts taught and performed by some of today’s finest early music artists.

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.

When: July 6 – 13, 2019

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.