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Bill Miller in Concert: Storyteller and Musician

  • September 20, 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center


  • Free to Members and Their Guests

    Free Parking

    No Registration Required


This Concert is FREE to PLATO members and their guests.

Free enclosed parking.  

Registration is not required.


Bill Miller

Award Winning Artist

Bill Miller is an award-winning Native Mohican recording artist, performer, singer/songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class flute player. Miller has produced over a dozen albums, received three GRAMMY® Awards, numerous Native American Music Awards & Association (NAMA) Awards (including a “Lifetime Achievement” Award)..

Wisconsin Roots, National Reputation

A Mohican Indian from northern Wisconsin, Miller grew up amid the streams and woodlands of the reservation (his tribe is properly called Mahicanuk, which means “People From Where The Waters Are Never Still”). He has long been one of the most admired figures in the Native American arts and activist arenas, and beyond – a voice for the voiceless, a link between two great and clashing civilizations.

Visual Art Collected by Smithsonian Museum

Bill Miller pursues an equally active career as a visual artist and musician. Constantly creating fresh works of visual art, his painted masterpieces and drawings have been shown and sold in prestigious galleries around the country, while several of his iconic paintings have been acquired by the Smithsonian Museum and other important collections.

Performance Style

In his unique style, Bill will introduce Native Mohican traditions and how they can help us deal with some of the most vexing problems of the day.

Bill will play some of his award winning Flute and Guitar music and sing to highlight the following Native American traditions.  

+ Twelve Feathers of Healing:

Bill addresses the storms of life that we all face and presents the essential keys to healing your spirit - reconciling yourself to the past, improving yourself in the present, and looking forward to the future.

+ The Earth as Sacred Ground

Today we face an extreme responsibility to protect the sacred land on which we flourish.  With this talk, Bill gives his perspective on environmental responsibility - appreciating our blessings and giving back. to ouer roots.

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 a sampler of the style and depth of his Native American Traditions

Opening with a theme reminiscent of “Toyland” (from Free to Be You and Me), Native American artist Bill Miller combines the idiosyncratic vocal styles of Chris Isaak and Lyle Lovett with traditional instruments to suggest a lingering Indian presence. Miller himself provides most of the instrumentation, which complements his soaring vocals well. The title track is acoustic pop reminiscent of Richard Julian, while the instrumental “The Last Stand” mixes a courtship flute with aggressive rhythms. The feedback-accented “Forgive” tells a pair of stories with no final resolution. The opening theme returns at the close on “The Sun Is Gonna’ Rise,” a mournfully hopeful ballad that reminds listeners that the cycle of life never truly ends.

Location & Parking Instructions:

Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
6205 Mineral Point Road    
Madison, Wisconsin 53705    


Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods outdoors & underground. 

To access underground parking:

  • Enter at the stoplight on Mineral Point Rd.; take the left fork & go to the SECOND driveway on the right.  Look for the sign indicating parking. 
  • Press the button located next to the garage door to speak to attendant; say you are there for a PLATO Lecture.
  • Park in any available Visitor space.

Bill Miller Poster 

Questions?   Contact information: Mike Di Iorio mdiiorio@tds.net

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Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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