Lectures & Special Events

Free Events

  • MEMF Participant Concert
    Friday, July 14, 2017, 1:00 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)

    Festival workshop participants perform in ensembles that have been coached by faculty artists throughout the week of the Festival. There is no pre-concert lecture. Admission is free.
  • Advanced Loud Band and Early Opera & Continuo Workshop Concert
    Saturday, July 15, 2017, 2:00 pm, Music Hall at UW-Madison (925 Bascom Hall)

    Participants from the Advanced Loud Bound Intensive and the Early Opera & Continuo Workshop perform a program of works by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero, and several cancioneros plus scenes from La púrpura de la rosa by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco. There is no pre-concert lecture. Admission is free.

Special Events

  • Madison Early Music Festival Fundraiser: ¡Tapas y Petiscos!
    Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, University Club (803 State Street)

    In anticipation of the Festival, we are hosting a celebration, ¡Tapas y Petiscos!, at the University Club on Wednesday, May 3rd, from 5:00-7:00 pm that will inspire you to join us for MEMF in July!

    A program of Spanish Renaissance vocal music will be presented by members of Eliza’s Toyes, soprano Chelsie Propst and tenor Jerry Hui, with MEMF Co-Artistic Directors, baritone Paul Rowe and soprano Cheryl Bensman-Rowe. A special menu of Spanish and Portuguese tapas will be served, and there will be a Spanish wine tasting for an additional fee.

    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. During the evening, you’ll also be able to designate a contribution to support specific concerts or artists during the 2017 Festival.

    Tickets cost $30. Click here to register!

  • Historical Harp Society
    Thursday, July 6 - Friday, July 7, 2017 | Historical Harp Society
    Free concert: Friday, July 7, 2017, 7:30 pm, Morphy Recital Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music
    Pre-Festival Event Conference and Concert that explores the harp throughout Spain's history. Jennifer Sayre, Spanish Baroque harp, Nicholas Carter, Paraguayan harp, Samuel Milligan, the harp of Medieval Spain, Christa Patton, director.
    Click here to download the conference and workshop schedule (PDF).

MEMF Dance Event, ¡Bailamos!

Thursday, July 13, 2017 7:30 pm, Location TBD

MEMF Dance event with instruction and music provided by the MEMF Faculty.

Open to the public - tickets $10 cash at the door. Free to MEMF Workshop participants and faculty. Not included in the 2015 Festival Concert Pass.


All concerts except the MEMF Participant Concert and Loud Band Intensive and Early Opera & Continuo Workshop Concert will be preceded by an expert lecture, free and open to the public, to be held near the concert site.

Additional details on our MEMF 2017 Lecture Series will be posted later this spring.