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Music To Our Ears

April 28, 2009 10:04 AM

I was happy to hear last week's announcement that the members of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra have agreed to play Concerts on the Square this summer. Even before the new contract was signed on Friday, the union agreed to play the summer concerts series, and I want to personally thank them for it.

Concerts on the Square and events like it are more important then ever. The recession means that people are likely to stay closer to home and to look for free or inexpensive local events. If Concerts had been cancelled, it would have come at the worst possible time.

I'm hoping that one bright spot in the otherwise tough economy will be that local events like Concerts will get a shot in the arm with higher attendance then ever, as people decide to stay close to home. Rhythm & Booms has seen declining attendance in recent years, but this might be the year that that turns around. The Madison Mallards ("Baseball Like It Oughta Be!") always draw well, but this might be the year to break another record. And the City of Madison golf courses and parks offer a great value in summer recreation. I'm planning on doing my part with weekly City golf course inspections starting in June (I mostly inspect the roughs and sand traps).

But a hallmark of summer in Madison is Concerts on the Square. So thanks to the WCO and the union for putting this civic institution above their current differences. And for working out their differences so that the Chamber Orchestra can move forward with a full season next year.


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