The Marcus Center
for the Performing Arts is located in the
center of the downtown
theater district at 929 N. Water Street and
offers the best of cultural and community
programming in the state. We
are home to the finest performing artists
in Wisconsin, such as the Milwaukee Symphony
Ballet Company, Florentine Opera Company, First Stage Milwaukee, Milwaukee
Youth Symphony Orchestra, Martin Luther King
Day Celebration, United Performing Arts Fund,
Ethnic and Cultural Festivals, and
Center” community concerts.
The Marcus Center Turns 40
Milwaukee's Memorable History of Performing Arts
By Charles Grosz
The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, a venue that has hosted artists ranging from Bob Hope to Bob Marley, from Alvin Ailey to cast members of Zorba the Musical, turned 40.
In addition to top-flight symphony music and theater productions, the Marcus Center boasts an impressive, varied history, including a concert featuring 25 tuba players all dressed in Santa Claus outfits and the largest gathering of clowns and mimes ever assembled in the United States.
Itís also the only house in the world where Rudolf Nureyev was streaked by a naked man who jetted across the stage.
Read expressmilwaukee article.
Light Up the Night
photo courtesy of jsonline.com
The Center's Exterior Illumination Project, a state-of-the-art LED system designed by Focus Lighting of New York, is dramatically transforming the nighttime appearance of the Marcus Center and all of its resident arts organizations.
If you missed the Marcus Center's Exterior Illumination Project debut April 16th, 2009 and the Center's extraordinary transformation into Milwaukee's performing arts icon,
The Center will be illuminated nightly, between dusk and midnight.
Click here for Illumination Press Release.
The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is owned and partially funded by Milwaukee County. The Marcus Center is a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation that operates the Center for the citizens of Milwaukee County. Staff are employed by the corporation, which is governed by a 25-member Board of Directors. Seven members of the Board are appointed by the Milwaukee County Executive and confirmed by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.
The Center annually receives both operating and capital dollars from the County, through its annual budgeting process. In 2008, the Centerís allocation for operations is $1,280,000óabout 29% of the Centerís operating budget. The Center also received a capital allocation of $200,000 for 2008, for the purpose of replacing the Bradley Pavilion moveable wall system (originally installed in 1969) that enables the room to be subdivided for multiple uses.
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