Overture Center, MSO announce lineups celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

From Sept. 15–Oct. 15, Overture Center and Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will recognize Hispanic Heritage Month with performances, visual art, and other programming, and the organizations will continue to feature Hispanic artists and bilingual events throughout the year.

During the first week of October, guests will have an opportunity to engage in the following artistic offerings that celebrate Hispanic Heritage:

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Live in Concert on Wednesday, Oct. 4, is an animated movie with a live orchestra and DJ that takes the audience on a journey with Miles Morales into the Spider-verse.
  • ¡Greg Zelek y Amigos! on Friday, Oct. 6, is a show curated by Greg Zelek, MSO principal organist, with his childhood guitar instructor that celebrates his experience growing up in Miami and honors Hispanic and Latin composers and musicians. Zelek will be joined by Cuban musicians Magela Herrera, flute, Yarelis Gandul, percussion, and Alex Hernandez, bass, along with Colombian guitarist, Alvaro Bermudez. The performance will be bilingual.
  • Overture Center’s Education and Engagement team Friday, Oct. 6, will bring area school-aged guests to Overture Center to listen to Mariachi Herencia de México as part of the OnStage student field trips program.
  • Prior to a Saturday, Oct. 7, public performance of Mariachi Herencia de México performance, there will be a Hispanic Heritage month celebration with Latinos Organizing for Understanding and Development.

Hispanic artistic events continuing beyond Hispanic Heritage Month include:

  • Nicholas Rodriguez’s return to Overture Center on Thursday, Oct. 19, for a one-night-only cabaret performance of some of Stephen Sondheim’s best works;
  • Danz Trad’s performance at Kids in the Rotunda on Saturday, Nov. 4, with a free, family-friendly program featuring traditional Mexican dance;
  • Angela Puerta joins Kids in the Rotunda on Saturday, April 13, with a performance incorporating Latin beats, Colombian folkloric music, and other familiar songs in both English and Spanish; and
  • “Tomas and the Library Lady” on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and “Cenicienta” on Wednesday, March 13, will be offered bilingually as part of a focus on youth performances for Overture’s OnStage student field trips program with area schools. These performances are not open to the public.

In the spring, Overture Center will also host two other Hispanic artists, and MSO will round out the 2023/24 season with a special concert honoring Hispanic Heritage. Full performance listings are available here.