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2022 Holiday Concert Series

Sundays in December

Dried grasses and shrubs set against a backdrop of white snow & evergreens2 -3 p.m.

Celebrate the season and enjoy festive holiday music with a concert in the Evjue Commons!

Limited capacity - tickets not required

$5 Suggested Donation

Donations are greatly appreciated and help keep the Gardens free and accessible to all.




December 4, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Paran Amirinazari & Eric Tran

(opening performance by youth group Suzuki Strings from 1:30 - 2 p.m.

Paran Amirinazari   Eric Tran

Paran Amirinazari (of the Willy Street Chamber Players) and Eric Tran join forces to give a violin + piano recital featuring music of Brahms, Beach, and Tran (world premiere). Violinist Paran Amirinazari is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance under the tutelage of Soh-Hyun Park Altino. Paran currently leads a diverse career as a performer, chamber musician, orchestral player, educator, and artist director. Named a Gilmore Festival Fellow, pianist-composer Eric Tran has performed in Italy, Korea, China, Canada, and in over 20 states in the United States. He has appeared in music festivals such as PianoTexas, Aspen, Art of the Piano, Gilmore, and Chautauqua. His principal studies were with pianists Sharon Mann, Thomas Schultz, and Christopher Taylor; and with composers Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and Laura Schwendinger.


December 11, 2-3 p.m.

Michael Darling

Michael Darling

Michael Darling is an artist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer based in Madison, WI. Compared to a wide range of artists such as Harry Styles, James Taylor, Perfume Genius, and Father John Misty, he blends elements of indie pop, folk rock, and jazz to create lyrically reflective and emotionally charged music that feels both familiar yet pleasantly subversive. WSUM calls him “one of Madison’s hidden gems.”


December 18, 2-3 p.m.

Betsy Ezell Trio

Betsy Ezell Trio

Vocalist Betsy Ezell, bassist Laurie Lang, and pianist Becca May Grant bring you an afternoon of festive holiday jazz, including your favorite standards and original tunes by each member of the trio. Betsy Ezell is a singer, composer, band leader who performs regularly with her quintet and her newest bossa nova project, Canção. Laurie Lang is one of the most innovative bass players in Madison and, as an educator and clinician, spends a lot of time raising up the next generation of jazz musicians through programs in local schools and coordinating a weekly jazz jam focused on students. Becca May Grant is a multi-genre pianist who primarily composes and performs gospel music. She recently opened Park Street Piano, teaching children and adults alike.


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