What is Chamber Music? The Willy Street Chamber Players specialize in Chamber Music, which is a type of classical music during which a small group of musicians performs, each playing his/her own part (as opposed to a large orchestra where there may be many instruments playing the same part). There is also typically no conductor leading the ensemble. Watch the musicians interact with each other with non-verbal cues to communicate!
Where is Immanuel Lutheran Church? 1021 Spaight St. The church is at the intersection of Spaight St. and Brearly St.
Where is the best place to park at Immanuel Lutheran Church? There is limited parking in the church parking lot. You can enter the lot on Spaight St. or Brearly St. If you want to be sure to get a spot in the parking lot, it's best to arrive early. There is also lots of street parking on surrounding roads.
Does Immanuel Lutheran Church have Air Conditioning? Yes!
How can I get a good seat? All seating is first come-first served (arrive early if you want a seat at the front), but there are no "bad" seats. It's easy to see from everywhere and the sound is great all around the sanctuary.
Can I buy tickets at the door? Yes! We accept cash, check, or credit card. We just suggest you arrive 10-15 minutes early if you need to purchase tickets. Online ticket sales end 12 hours prior to performance time, but we reserve plenty of tickets for the door.
What should I wear to the concerts? Wear whatever you'd like. Our concerts are very informal. Many audience members go with shorts and a T-shirt, some choose to dress up more.
How long are the concerts? Our concerts typically run 60-90 minutes with no intermission.
What if I have to use the bathroom? There are two single stall bathrooms in the basement of Immanuel Lutheran Church off of the lobby (with stairs or elevator access). Feel free to quietly leave the concert hall during the performance if you need to. The line for the bathrooms directly before and after the concert can be long, so we recommend arriving early!
How early should I arrive? Typically, we suggest that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the concert if you need to purchase tickets. Doors open 30 minutes before a performance begins. If you arrive before that, we have plenty of information for you to check out in the lobby and some friendly volunteers for you to chat with.
What if I'm late? Our concerts start promptly at 6:00pm, however, we understand that sometimes things don't go as planned. If you arrive late, feel free to enter the sanctuary during the music but please be quiet and considerate of the other audience members and find a seat in the back until there is a break.
Can I take photos/videos during the concert? You may take photos with no flash (double and triple check this before taking a photo), but please be considerate of those sitting around you (don't hold up your phone blocking someone's view). When posting to social media, give us a hashtag! #willystreetchamberplayers Videos are NOT allowed.
When should I clap? Although it's traditional during a classical music concert to clap only after an entire piece is finished and not in between movements (or parts), we encourage you to clap whenever you feel compelled. We are happy you are enjoying the performance!
Where should I eat before or after the concert? There are lots of great restaurants in the neighborhood. You may even run into some Willy Street Players or their families... The Weary Traveller: A beer-focused bar, elevated pub food with healthy options plus board games in a vintage, hodgepodge setting Underground Butcher (closes at 8pm): Grab a quick sandwich with fresh meat and amazing bread, some good cheese, and a bottle of wine and have a picnic by Lake Monona Umami Ramen and Dumpling Bar: Trendy cafe with outdoor seating with Japanese Ramen and great appetizers Lao Laan-Xang: Amazing Laotian cuisine, including many vegetarian options Roman Candle Pizza: Family-friendly pizzeria offering gourmet, New York-style pies & slices, wine & beer. We love "The Roman Candle" with sausage, banana peppers, and spicy sauce! The Alchemy:Laid-back, cash-only tavern offering gourmet pub grub, rotating tap beers & live music most nights. Food served until 1am Friday and Saturday!
Where should I grab a cocktail before or after the concert? Gibs Bar: Inventive and trendy craft cocktails & unique snacks offered in a snug 2-story house Crystal Corner: Unfussy dive bar with live blues, country & jazz plus a small dance floor Mickey's Tavern: Comfy and historic neighborhood bar with an excellent pub menu, live music, a pool table & a patio State Line Distillery: hip distillery and lounge with creative house-made craft spirits and inexpensive pizza The Wisco: The true Wisconsin experience. Dive bar with cheap beer, sandwiches and burgers, live local music, and pool