The Well-Tempered Ear

Madison Music update: Despite heat, TONIGHT’S Concert on the Square ABBA tribute will be performed as scheduled at 7 p.m. | July 20, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

In June, I promised I would provide updates about the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Concerts on the Square when I could.

Here is the latest word in a WCO press release:

MADISON, Wis. (July 20, 2011)

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will perform tonight’s Concerts on the Square featuring ABBA tribute band Arrival as scheduled at 7 p.m.

“We decided to announce our weather call early due to the high volume of calls we’ve been receiving” said Doug Gerhart, executive director.  He continues “Because there is an excessive heat warning, we ask the public to use their best judgment when deciding to attend the concert.”

Those with chronic health conditions and the elderly are especially susceptible to the high temperatures and should stay home. Young children are also vulnerable, so parents should understand the risks if bringing their families.  If there are any doubts about whether or not you can withstand the heat, it is better to stay home.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. Sit in the shade whenever possible and limit alcohol consumption.

Emergency Management officials said that anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency and people should call 911. Symptoms such as dizziness, muscle weakness and nausea are signs that a person is suffering a heat-related illness.



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