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Wisconsin Union Theater Adds Three New Events to its 2022-23 Season

Aug. 2, 2022

Contact Information:
Shauna Breneman, Communications Director
Phone: (608) 262-8862

2022-23 Wisconsin Union Theater season begins Sept. 15

MADISON – The Wisconsin Union Theater team will soon raise the curtain on its 2022-23 season of jazz, global music, folk music, classical music, and dance and has released three additions to its season: the Soweto Gospel Choir, American Patchwork Quartet, and PILOBOLUS “The Big Five-OH!”.

Discounted packages for its classical music series and jazz series were released in May and June, respectively, and, as of Aug. 1, patrons can purchase single tickets.

Planned in collaboration with student leaders in the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Performing Arts Committee (PAC), the season includes in-person performances along with an online attendance option for most events.

A consistent thread of extraordinary talent connects generations of performers across the genres the Theater will present in the lineup. Performances include the following:

  • Jazz Series: DOMi & JD Beck, Sept. 15
  • Concert Series: Emerson String Quartet, Sept. 24
  • Concert Series: Manhattan Chamber Players, Sept. 29
  • Soweto Gospel Choir, Oct. 8
  • Jazz Series: Joel Ross Good Vibes, Oct. 16
  • Jazz Series: Cory Henry, Nov. 3
  • Concert Series: Sō Percussion with Caroline Shaw, Nov. 5
  • American Patchwork Quartet, Nov.17
  • Concert Series: violinist Geneva Lewis with pianist Evren Ozel, Jan. 27, 2023
  • PILOBOLUS “The Big Five-OH!”, Feb. 1, 2023
  • Concert Series: Imani Winds, Feb. 5, 2023
  • Jazz Series: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Feb. 7, 2023
  • Jazz Series: Samara Joy, Feb. 16, 2023
  • Jazz Series: Immanuel Wilkins, March 25, 2023
  • Concert Series: clarinetist Anthony McGill with the UW–Madison Symphony Orchestra, April 4, 2023
  • Concert Series: Danish String Quartet, April 18, 2023

Newly announced to the lineup are the Soweto Gospel Choir, American Patchwork Quartet, and PILOBOLUS “The Big Five-Oh!” performances.

The Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates African gospel music and brings more than 50 artists from churches in and around Soweto, South Africa, together on stages across the world.

The following month, the American Patchwork Quartet will take the Play Circle stage at Memorial Union for a performance of American root music. Not holding itself to one genre, the ensemble weaves together the fibers of songs from America’s past. 

Returning to the Wisconsin Union Theater, the clever and popular dance group PILOBOLUS will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a selection of pieces from its decades of awe-inspiring performances but with unexpected twists on traditions and witty surprises in its show aptly titled, “The Big Five-OH!”.

The Wisconsin Union Theater announced the 2022-23 Concert Series cutting-edge, contemporary and traditional classical performances in May and its Jazz Series of artists on the rise in June.

“This next season is part of our continued rise out of the pandemic, and it’s wonderful to offer both in-person and virtual options for our patrons once again. The classical and jazz music series are amazing this year, and we’ve sprinkled in three more special events with the return of dance to Shannon Hall with PILOBOLUS, some gorgeous singing and dancing by the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, and a new folk and roots quartet, called American Patchwork Quartet, influenced by four different cultures,” Wisconsin Union Theater Director Elizabeth Snodgrass said. “And, of course, I’m super proud of last year’s Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee student leaders, who programmed this exciting season.”

Patrons can purchase tickets to season events online, by phone at (608) 265-2787, or in-person at the Memorial Union Box Office.

The Wisconsin Union Theater team offers a Jazz Series in-person ticket subscription to all six Series shows at a 20% discount through Sept. 15. Patrons can also purchase a Concert Series in-person ticket subscription to all Concert Series events at a 20% discount through Sept. 23.

In addition to subscription options, as of Aug. 1, patrons can purchase single tickets and, when available, virtual attendance tickets for announced 2022-23 Wisconsin Union Theater season shows. Wisconsin Union lifetime and annual members, patrons under the age of 18, and current University of Wisconsin–Madison students are eligible for discounted single tickets.

Prior to the start of the season, Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYO Jazz) will perform a free concert on the Shannon Hall stage at Memorial Union on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. as part of Wisconsin Union Theater’s summer jazz offerings. Seating for this event is available on a first come, first served basis.

Before performances at Memorial Union, patrons can enjoy on-site dining options, including pub food in a historic space, called der Rathskeller; locally made ice cream at the Daily Scoop; or a beverage from the Shannon Sunset Lounge, which will be open on a limited basis before select shows across from Shannon Hall.

The Wisconsin Union Theater team presents arts programming that prioritizes diverse art forms, curates world-class performing arts, and works to foster inclusive spaces both on stage and behind the scenes. The Theater is part of the Wisconsin Union, a non-profit organization with a vision of serving as the social heart of UW–Madison, where all belong.

This season is made possible in part due to donations from generous supporters. The Emerson String Quartet’s and the Manhattan Chamber Players’ performances are part of the David and Kato Perlman Chamber Music series supported by the David and Kato Perlman Chamber Music Fund. The entire season is presented with support from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

For more information about the 2022-23 Wisconsin Union Theater season, visit


About the Wisconsin Union Theater

For more than 75 years, the Wisconsin Union Theater has served as a center for cultural activity in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The Theater hosts performances in multiple locations, including Memorial Union, and has an expansive history of remarkable performances. The Wisconsin Union Theater is committed to social justice and continues to work towards creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive place for all who engage with the Theater’s programming, events, and activities. The Wisconsin Union Theater is part of the Wisconsin Union, a membership organization that blends learning and leisure to create unique out-of-classroom opportunities. Learn more:

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Carl Bernstein, Jamie Raskin Announced as Cap Times Idea Fest Speakers, Tickets Now on Sale

MADISON, Wis. –– A few months back the Cap Times announced that the sixth annual Cap
Times Idea Fest will once again be a hybrid of virtual and in-person events from Sept. 12-17
across Madison. This morning, Cap Times publisher Paul Fanlund announced speakers
including Carl Bernstein and U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, and session topics ranging from the
election to climate change.

Read more here

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McAllen Properties: 2nd Annual Barks, Beats & Brews Fundraiser

Local Businesses plan 2nd Annual Barks, Beats & Brews Fundraiser to benefit Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin on September 10, 2022

Madison, WI, July 28, 2022: Kessenich’s, Rusty Dog Coffee, Working Draft Beer Company, McAllen Properties, and AdMadison have joined forces once again this year to host Barks, Beats & Brews 2022 in the common area outside the Kessenich’s and Rusty Dog Coffee office building, at 3226 Progress Road, Madison, WI 53716., from 11 am – 4 pm.

This will be a fun Saturday afternoon with two live bands (Straight Skinny and Taylor Schereck), 4 Food Trucks (Freeman Brothers BBQ, Chocolatte Shoppe, Jason’s Jerk, and Tortillas Los Angeles), a Rusty Dog Coffee Stand, a Working Draft Beer Stand, and Underdog Pet Rescue will be on site with adoptable animals ready to meet and greet. There will be no same-day adoptions, but the process can be started at the event.

Event T’s will be given out to anyone making a donation of their choice to Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin at the event while they last! In addition, Rusty Dog and Working Draft Beer will donate a portion of their sales from the event directly to Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin.

It’s a great family event with plenty of free parking, tents, tables, and chairs and lots of room to enjoy the music, food, and other treat.

Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin is a 501©3 all-breed companion animal rescue based out of Dane County, WI. They offer veterinary services at their Fair Oaks Avenue building 4 days a week by appointment. Underdog is currently raising funds to secure a larger building with the intent to help even more local homeless companion pets.

A Facebook Event Page has been set up:,,,,

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Agrace Offers Virtual and In-Person Grief Support in September

In September, Agrace is offering one-on-one grief support and professionally led grief support groups to anyone, even if the person who died did not have hospice care.

  • One-on-one grief support is available in-person, by phone or video chat.
  • Bridges is for adults grieving the death of any loved one. Meetings are held every other Wednesday and pre-registration is required. In-person meetings are September 7 and 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Agrace Grief Support Center. Virtual meetings are September 14 and 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., online.
  • Grief on the Move invites any adult to join Agrace grief specialists for a gentle walk to connect, heal and ease the isolation of grief. The group meets September 6 and 20, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Agrace Grief Support Center to walk the paved Badger State Trail, weather permitting. There is no cost to attend this group.
  • Journey Through Grief is a grief support group series for adults. The virtual group meets Tuesdays, September 8 to October 13, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., via Zoom.
  • LGBTQ+ Spouse/Partner Grief Support is a seven-week grief support group for people in the LGBTQ+ community who have experienced the death of a partner/spouse. It meets Wednesdays, September 7 to October 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Agrace Grief Support Center.

There is no fee for these programs if a participant’s family member was in hospice care in the past 12 months; fees for others can be lowered or waived, if needed. Call (608) 327-7118 with questions, to register or make an appointment.

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National Guardian Life Insurance Company sells Settlers Life Insurance Company

Madison, Wis. (July 25, 2022) – National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL), a Madison-based mutual life insurance company, announced the sale of Settlers Life Insurance Company, a Wisconsin domiciled insurer, to Everly Holdings, LLC, the owner of Everly, LLC, a direct-to-consumer insurance agency.

Approximately 225,000 policies that are geographically disbursed throughout the United States consisting of final expense and single premium immediate annuity are included in the agreement.

“This sale resulted in NGL reaching historical levels of capital, giving the company unprecedented financial strength. The transaction further positions NGL to grow in the Preneed insurance industry and will allow us to enhance our digital capabilities to serve funeral homes and their customers in new ways,” said Knut Olson, President & CEO of NGL.

“We’re excited to acquire Settlers Life and believe it will further enable Everly to execute on its mission of providing direct and digital access to high quality and affordable life insurance products,” said Doug Wolff, Chairman of Everly Holdings, LLC. “It was a pleasure working with Knut Olson and the entire NGL management team in bringing this transaction to close.”

Olson continued, “We greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication from both teams as we work to close this transaction and ensure a successful transition.”

About Everly

Everly was founded by industry veterans who are passionate about the vital role that life insurance can play in all of our lives. Everly’s vision is to modernize the industry by providing a next-generation solution, using all the advantages that life insurance can provide to empower people to live confidently.

About NGL

Established in 1909 National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) is an insurance company headquartered in Madison, Wis. Licensed to do business in 49 states and the District of Columbia, NGL markets preneed and individual life and annuities, as well as group markets products. Information about NGL can be found at; Facebook: and LinkedIn:

National Guardian Life Insurance Company is not affiliated with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America a/k/a The Guardian or Guardian Life.