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Featuring titans of jazz, seminal dance companies, internationally acclaimed artists, and visceral singer/songwriters, the eclectic programming of our flagship Performing Arts Series is second-to-none in virtuosity and cultural breadth. Performances take place in our beautifully, acoustically rich 619-seat venue, The Harris Theater.

With performances located in the Wilson Center's Dawes Studio Theater, the Club Series features a diverse selection of singer-songwriters, as well as cabaret, jazz, and folk artists.The intimate atmosphere of this 136-seat venue adds to the ambiance of each performance, complete with cabaret tables and cocktails.

Popular with groups and individuals alike, our Matinee Series in The Harris Theater provides early afternoon audiences with a broad range of entertainment experiences, from Dixieland-style revival bands to the classic standards of legendary performers. 

Designed to delight the classically inclined music lover, our Classical Progressions Series celebrates breathtaking vocal ensembles and renowned orchestras, as well as emerging artists! Performances take place in The Harris Theater.

The Starry Nights Series brings more than 2,000 patrons to our Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater on Friday evenings each summer. As the music plays and the breezes sway, sponsors enjoy having great marketing exposure while entertaining employees and clients.

Families and children of all ages enjoy Family Tales by the Fire! Featuring one or two "tales" every season in the Kuttemperoor Grand Hall, audiences enjoy storytelling by the fireplace and treats following the performance. 

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The Hidden River Festival is an integral component of the visual arts programming at the Wilson Center, which includes both indoor and outdoor exhibits and activities within Brookfield's beautiful Mitchell Park. In addition to exhibiting artists the Festival also features artist workshops and demonstrations for both children and adults, a gallery showcase, an emerging artist gallery, and hands-on craft activities for children.

The Ploch Art Gallery, located in the upper level of the Wilson Center's Grand Hall, displays the work of five Wisconsin artists each season. Exhibitions open with a free reception and an opportunity to meet the artist.



Arts Camp: The Art of Nature is a two-week summer day camp offering students in grades 1–6 the perfect introduction to a uniquely integrated arts experience. This nurturing and engaging program helps young students grow and develop an understanding of visual art, dance, music, and theater, as well as their interconnections.

Beyond the Classroom provides an exciting opportunity for school groups and home school families to attend professional, youth-focused performance. The series enhances classroom learning by incorporating differentiated learning opportunities and bringing history, literature, and the arts to life. Extensive study guides and resource materials ensure the maximum learning opportunity in each classroom.



The Big Event, taking place on Saturday, June 4, 2016, serves as the Wilson Center's celebrated arts education fundraising event. An all-inclusive evening complete with dinner, dancing, and first-class entertainment, The Big Event is also the major channel through which the Center raises funds for educational programming. This is the party of the summer that you will not want to miss!

Golf Classic: Support the Wilson Center’s Arts and Education Programs on August 1, 2016, while enjoying incredible golf and exceptional food in one of the area’s most beautiful settings—The Legend at Merrill Hills. You'll compete for fabulous prizes in a beautifully scenic and challenging course. Then, enjoy an evening cocktail party accompanied by a silent auction and raffle and top the evening off with a wonderful dinner and an exciting live auction.