Extending the Stage: Charlie Parker's Yardbird

Join Madison Opera for a range of events inspired by Charlie Parker's Yardbird, including a concert, discussions, and more.

A Charlie Parker Concert and Discussion
with composer Daniel Schnyder and the Blue Note Ensemble
Morphy Hall, UW-Madison | Thursday, February 9 | 7:30pm
Admission:  Free

Daniel Schnyder, composer of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, joins UW-Madison’s Blue Note Ensemble for an evening featuring music by Charlie Parker, with solos performed by both Schnyder and UW-Madison saxophone students. The evening includes an aria from Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and a discussion about Parker and the opera by Schnyder, Les Thimmig (UW Professor of Saxophone), and Kathryn Smith (General Director of Madison Opera).

A Preview of Charlie Parker's Yardbird
Capitol Lakes Retirement Community | Tuesday, January 24 | 7-8pm
Admission:  Free

Join a Madison Opera staff member for an entertaining multimedia preview of Charlie Parker's Yardbird, including background on the composer and the composition's history.

An Evening of Rare Jazz Films 
Alicia Ashman Library | Friday, February 3 | 7-8:30pm
Goodman South Library | Tuesday, April 11 | 6-7:30pm
Admission:  Free

Jazz archivist Gary Alderman will present and explain films of the historically significant innovators of modern jazz, including the only two known existing videos with sound of Charlie Parker. Among the other musicians shown will be those relevant to Parker’s music and career, including Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis.

The Life and Music of Charlie Parker
DeForest Area Public Library | Monday, February 13 | 6:30-7:30pm
Alicia Ashman Library | Friday, February, 24| 7-8pm
Fitchburg Public Library | Sunday, February 26 | 2-3pm
Oregon Public Library | Friday, March 10 | 6:30-7:30pm
Admission:  Free

UW-Madison saxophone professor Les Thimmig will talk about Charlie Parker's life and music, as well as the history of bebop.


Pre-Opera Talks

Join General Director Kathryn Smith one hour prior to all Madison Opera performances for an entertaining and informative talk about the opera and its composer. Insightful for newcomers and longtime opera-goers alike, this half-hour talk will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the opera, right before the curtain goes up.

Pre-opera talks are held in the Wisconsin Studio on the 3rd floor of the Overture Center for the Arts.

**NOTE:  Daniel Schnyder, composer of Charlie Parker's Yardbird, will participate in the Pre-Opera talk on February 10, 2017 at 7pm.

Romeo & Juliet
Nov. 4 & 6, 2016

Charlie Parker's 
Feb. 10 & 12, 2017

The Magic Flute
April 21 & 23, 2017

Opera in the Park 2017
July 22, 2017