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The Capitol Affair

June 30th, 2016

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It’s a Wednesday night at 7 P.M. The Capitol lawn has gone from meticulously mowed grass to a sprawling makeshift quilt, created by different blankets touching corner to corner. Between the food, decks of cards, and gathering friends it appears to be a giant picnic. However, this giant picnic is far from food, drinks, and a few hands of Euchre; this giant picnic is the result of Concerts on the Square.

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Founded in 1960, the formerly named Summer Symphony Orchestra graced the grounds of Edgewood College with its melodies. In 1984 with a new name to accommodate its four season appearances, The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra moved its music to the Capitol lawn for the summer to house the crowds that came to enjoy the music. As its popularity has grown, the ensemble annually draws 120,000 people for its summer concerts.

As the 56th season has officially begun, the orchestra will set up on the Square Wednesday nights until August 3rd. On July 6th sounds from the concert “Bursts of Joy” will be filling the square. To celebrate the Fourth of July, a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner will be featured as well.

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Either packing a picnic, requesting a box dinner, or by ordering a catered meal, there are many options to enjoy the concert in a way that’s most comfortable for you. Reserve a table for the best view or bring a blanket for your spread. Get ready to tune your ears for some great music and some great company; let summer in Madison officially begin!