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Madison Early Music Festival 2017
Quixotic Musical Treasures from the Golden Age of Spain
July 8 - 15, 2017

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute announces the 18th annual Madison Early Music Festival Workshop and Concert Series, Quixotic Musical Treasures from the Golden Age of Spain. Celebrating over 400 years of the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, we will explore the wealth of references to the music, art, and literature that flourished and illuminated Spain during the political rise and fall of the Spanish Habsburg Dynasty.

Registration is now open! Join us from July 8 - 15, 2017 and experience a full week of music, history, and culture from Renaissance Spain, through classes, lectures, dances, and concerts taught and performed by some of the world's finest early music performers and scholars.

We are thrilled to announce our 2017 featured concert artists: Daphna Mor & Kane Mathis Duo, Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, Sonnambula and Xavier Diaz-Latorre!

Where there is music there can be nothing bad - Sancho Panza from Don Quixote

Join us for our annual fundraiser, ¡Tapas y Petiscos!, for Spanish Renaissance vocal music, a special menu of Spanish and Portuguese tapas and a Spanish wine tasting (for an additional fee) on Wednesday, May 3 from 5:00 - 7:00pm at the University Club. 

The fundraiser costs $30 and all net proceeds will benefit the Madison Early Music Festival to help us cover expenses related to bringing this year’s amazing concert artists. Click here to register!


Presenting and Promotional Partners

A program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute, presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music and in collaboration with LACIS (Latin America, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program).

Support for MEMF 2017 is provided by the William J. Wartmann Endowment for the Madison Early Music Festival, the Jane Graff Bequest for the Madison Early Music Festival and Friends of the Madison Early Music Festival.

Promotional partners include Wisconsin Public Radio, WORT FM and Early Music Now.