Overture Center for the Arts
Overture Center for the Arts

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Overture Center for the Arts
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201 State St.
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(608) 258-4154
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Overture Center for the Arts is a stunning architectural landmark in the heart of Madisons thriving cultural arts district. In addition to housing ten resident organizations and presenting more than 200 performances, art exhibitions, and educational and community events each year, Overture offers a variety of venues for performances, corporate meetings, conventions, trade shows, weddings, banquets, and receptions.

Overtures mission states:

To engage the community in the arts, we will:
  • Present a broad spectrum of high-quality performing arts programming
  • Develop audiences for the arts through high quality outreach and programming
  • Advance the missions of resident arts organizations
  • Advocate for the development of the arts in the community
  • Provide a world-class forum for diverse artistic expression
Since beginning, the Overture Center for the Arts has become synonymous with the Madison area community, downtowns State Street, and the local economy. Overture Center positively enhances the cultural, educational and community opportunities available to the citizens of our area by proving a wide array of activities and is an essential partner in the Greater Madison areas economic development efforts.
The Capitol Theatre opened its doors on State Street in 1928. Over the years, as television and multiplexes proliferated, the theater experienced a long decline. However, in 1974, Mayor Paul Soglin wanted a new performing arts center in Madison and The Capitol Theatre became part of this renovation. The theatre was renamed the Oscar Mayer Theatre and opened in 1980 for the next 23 seasons. In 1998, local businessman W. Jerome Frautschi made a breathtaking, multimillion-dollar commitment for the development of a cultural arts district in downtown Madison and The Overture Foundation was established. From this astounding generosity, a state-of-the-art civic cultural center has emerged while preserving the classic elegance of Madison┬┐s historic Capitol Theater, now returned to its original name.
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