Concert Series

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 15th year celebration. We are already looking forward to next year.

MEMF 2015 will run July 11 through July 18. Our theme is Slavic Discoveries: Early Music from Eastern Europe.

New information will become available in the spring of 2015. In the meantime we leave all 2014 information here for your reference.

The MEMF Concert Series includes 7 individual concerts featuring MEMF guest ensembles, a Handel Aria Competition Concert, a free Participant Concert showcasing consorts that have been coached throughout the week by MEMF faculty, and the All-Festival Concert presented by participants, faculty, and guest artists.

Just some of the performances for the 2015 festival

The Rose Ensemble: Saturday, July 11, 2015

East of the River: Sunday, July 12, 2015

Piffaro: A Renaissance Band: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Handel Aria Competition: TBD

MEMF Participant Concert: TBD

All-Festival Concert: TBD

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The Rose Ensemble

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Slavic Wonders: Feast and Saints in Early Russia, Bohemia and Poland

Jordan Sramek, Founder/Artistic Director, tenor
Kathy Lee, soprano
Kim Sueoka, soprano
Kris Kautzman, alto
Nick Chalmers, tenor
Andrew Kane, tenor
Jake Endres, baritone
Mark Dietrich, bass
David Burk, multi-instrumentalist
Ginna Watson, vielle, rebec, and harp

Learn more about The Rose Ensemble»

East of the River

Sunday, July 12, 2015


Daphna Mor, recorders, ney
Nina Stern, recorders, chalumeau
Tamer Pinarbasi, kanun
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Jesse Kotansky, violin
Guest: Omer Avital, bass, oud
Guest: Uri Sharlin, accordion

Learn more about East of the River»

Piffaro: A Renaissance Band

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Music of Jacob Handl

Greg Ingles
Tom Zajac
Grant Herreid
Karen Hansen, viola da gamba, lira da braccio, Renaissance violin
Joan Kimball
Christa Patton
Priscilla Herreid
Bob Wiemken

Learn more about Piffaro: A Renaissance Band»

Handel Aria Competition Concert


The only such competition in the U.S., this concert is the final round among 6 finalists chosen from over 50 contestants. The competition will be heard before a panel of 3 judges who will choose 3 winners. But the event will be open to the public, and the audience will choose a favorite from among the finalists. Tickets are $10 at the door; not included in the All-Festival pass.

Learn more about the Handel Aria Competition»

MEMF Participant Concert


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 and no admission fee for this delightfully diverse concert.

No pre-concert lecture.

All Festival Concert


Ticket information

Week-long Festival Concert Passes ($75) offer a savings of one-fourth over single ticket purchases. Both concert passes and single concert tickets ($20; $17 students) may be purchased via the following channels:

  • at the door before each concert (check or cash only*)
  • online »
  • at the Vilas Hall Box Office (821 University Ave.) or the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office (Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.)
  • by calling 608-265-ARTS (2787).

*Due to the inability to process credit cards in the 2014 concert venues, please be prepared to purchase tickets at the door with cash or check; advance tickets may be purchased with a credit card or check. On Saturday, July 12, the box office at the door (Luther Memorial Church) will open at 5:00 pm; all other concert nights, 6:00 pm.

Advance ticket sales begin May 1 at 11:30am