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“The Final Forte” 2017 Premieres Tonight!

Above, from left to right: Violinist Julian Rhee, harpist Naomi Sutherland, pianist Michael Wu and violinist Yaoyao Chen.

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. on-air and online as four Wisconsin musical prodigies perform with Maestro John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra in the 2017 Bolz Young Artist Competition.

This year, The Final Forte features violinist Julian Rhee of Brookfield, harpist Naomi Sutherland of Viroqua, pianist Michael Wu of Sun Prairie and violinist Yaoyao Chen of Menasha, who will vie for top honors in the 2017 competition. WPR’s Lori Skelton and Jim Fleming will co-host the event.

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UPDATE: Full Video Inside – Watch the Dalai Lama Speak in Madison

UPDATE: The full archived video of the presentation is now available to view on demand below or on the PBS channel of your Roku or other digital device.

In his 10th visit to UW-Madison, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, will participate in a panel discussion on global well-being, emotional health and mindfulness. Watch the presentation from Madison’s Overture Center streaming live online from Wisconsin Public Television at 1:30 p.m. in the video box below. We’ll add the on-demand archived video to this post after the event, as soon as it is available.

We will also broadcast the presentation on TV at a later date. Stay tuned to wpt.org to find out the air date.

Brit Floyd takes WPT members inside the show

Brit Floyd – The Pink Floyd Tribute Show welcomed a great group of Wisconsin Public Television supporters into a special sound check performance before their show at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison Sunday night.

The nearly three-hour concert was the band’s 76th – and final – stop on their 2014 North American tour. They dazzled a nearly full crowd that included a lot of WPT fans with a concert packed with great music from across Pink Floyd’s decades-long career and, of course, an amazing light and video show. Below is a taste from their recent Live at Red Rocks special, which WPT aired earlier this year. A big thank you to the band and to all the WPT members who pledged their support during the past membership drives!

See Wisconsin's High School Musical Stars

Normally we don’t give away the ending of a show before it’s aired. It’s sort of bad for business in the TV world. But, the final number from the 2013 Tommy Awards is so good — and the performer interviews so genuine — that I just have to share it.

Don’t worry, the show’s one big compilation of award-winning performances from various musicals, so you won’t spoil anything by watching the following clip. If you like what you see, check out more clips in our 2013 Tommy Awards Video Playlist. And catch the entire show at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.


The 2013 Tommy Awards is part of WPT’s Young Performers Initiative to celebrate Wisconsin’s young performers and those who inspire them.

See the State's Top Young Performers

Written by Shannon Lobdell, WPT Project Coordinator – Young Performers Initiative.
State Honors Concerts airs 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 on Wisconsin Public Television.

The State Honors Concerts bring together Wisconsin’s top high school musicians, and let
me tell you — they sound great!

State Honors Concerts

After surviving a successful audition in the winter, a three-day camp in the summer, and hours of intense rehearsals in the fall, more than 400 students join forces in Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts to participate in a concert they will never forget.

These talented young musicians hail from nearly every county in the state, bringing with them stories of dedicated teachers, supportive communities and, of course, hours and hours of practice. When it all comes together, the concerts provide an inspiring look into the strength of music education here in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Public Television recorded Wisconsin School Music Association’s 2012 State Honors Concerts as part of the Young Performers Initiative to celebrate our state’s young performers and those who inspire them. This broadcast is the first of many upcoming programs that shine a spotlight on Wisconsin’s talented youth, including:

Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte – 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14
Live at Overture: The Naughtons – 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
UW Varsity Band Spring Concert 2013 – 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4
Spirited Songs: A Celebration of Choral Music – Coming in June