The MISSION of the Willy Street Chamber Players is to represent, inspire, and enrich Madison's vibrant East Side by forging community partnerships and presenting excellent, innovative, and accessible performances of chamber music.
The Willy Street Chamber Players were established in 2015 when an idea for an informal concert series among friends quickly gained momentum. Realizing they could create something great, musicians devised a fierce guerrilla marketing strategy canvasing door-to-door, tacking posters to the windows of east side restaurants, bars, and shops, and performing on local radio. The work of these dedicated newcomers paid off; local audiences responded with enthusiasm and came out by the hundreds. By the final concert of the pilot season, the ensemble was performing to glowing reviews from Madison’s top music critics and audiences of over two hundred people.
With each individual player having a thriving career of his/her own to boast, an all-star team was born. Each player brings a fresh, imaginative take to classical music that is appealing to both lifelong classical music fans and newcomers to the genre. The six core musicians come together for four thrilling weeks in July to create chamber music, innovate, and share with the community they love. The Willy Street Chamber Players are firm believers that classical music should be accessible to all.
Post-concert receptions are a unique and fun part of the Willy Street Chamber Players concert experience. In addition to providing opportunities to meet and interact with the musicians, the receptions help to promote Williamson Area businesses by featuring local products. The combination of inspiring music and excellent local food not only demonstrates the importance of partnerships between the arts and commerce, but also offers the community an unforgettable experience. Local businesses that participate often attend their sponsored event and take advantage of the chance to get to know their patrons outside of business hours.