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John and Rose Mary Harbison

A wooded glade,
a quiet barn...
exquisite music,
glorious performances.

Token Creek • a world apart . . .

2013 Festival Season


August 21 - September 1

In 2013 the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival already known for eclectic programming in the intimate salon-like setting of our refurbished barn branches out to explore the unfamiliar familiar, the spontaneous, and the dramatic.

What composer is more beloved and performed than Mozart? Yet he was in the habit of leaving pieces unfinished, to be taken up later. Could they be recovered, "new" Mozart works that add to our sense of his prolific variety.

And what popular song composer has written pieces more standard than Harry Warren? But might there be some of his songs as alluring as I Only Have Eyes for You, seldom heard beyond our enterprising festival?

And after last summer when we invoked the Bard, can we bring Shakespeare to the fore with an entire evening devoted to his lore?

Improvisation is our motto this year: in jazz, in Mozart completions and conventions, in the underplay of incidental music to Shakespeare, and in concert performances from our welcome guests, Open End.

In a program of spellbinding originality and high and low drama, we are excited to introduce Token Creek 2013!

John and Rose Mary Harbison
Artistic Directors


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See a video feature covering Token Creek 2009, "Mozart in a Barn", at the Wisconsin State Journal!

See a segment covering the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival on Discover Wisconsin!




Token Creek Chamber Music Festival media coverage

Token Creek Chamber Music Festival Bridges Seasons and CenturiesMadison Magazine, September 2, 2012
Final program of Token Creek Chamber Music Festival provokes thought
77 Square, September 2, 2012
Music and nature collide at Token Creek Chamber Music FestivalSun Prairie Star, August 22, 2012
Around the Bubbler: Token Creek Chamber Music Festival77 Square, August 22, 2012
Classical music: This year’s Token Creek Chamber Music FestivalThe Well-Tempered Ear, August 21, 2012
Music festival starts Aug. 25DeForest Times-Tribune, August 15, 2012
Robert Levin discusses the Mozart reconstructions
WPR All Things Considered, February 16, 2012


This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

This project is supported in part by a grant from The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times.

This project is supported by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Overture Foundation and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.

Wisconsin Public Radio is proud to support the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival. Enjoy classical music 24/7 at 88.7 WERN-HD2 or at wpr.org.

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