Performing Arts Series


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.

A treat awaits families in our Family Tales Series, with three cozy storytelling experiences by the fireplace in our Kuttemperoor Grand Hall and an adaptation of two endearing bedtime stories in The Harris Theater.

Ploch Art Gallery


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


The Big Event, 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 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.