16-17 Season
17-18 Season
Subscriptions
Organ Performances
Organ Subscriptions
Single Tickets
Student Rush
Flex Tickets
Group Tickets
Program Notes
Prelude Discussions
Program Books
Past Performances
Plan Your Visit
Parties of Note
Open Dress Rehearsals
Magic of Music Lunches
Voices of Spring
Concert on the Green
Free Farmers' Market Concerts
Symphony Gala
Arts Ball
Free Community Hymn Sings
Club 201
Out at the Symphony
Beyond the Score
Rhapsodie Quartet Recital
The Final Forte
Donate Now
Individual Giving
Corporate Giving
Endowment Giving
Madison Symphony Orchestra League
Planned Giving
Friends of the Overture Concert Organ
Volunteer
HeartStrings
Award for Excellence in Music Education
Link Up
In the Schools
In the Community
Young People's Concerts
Young Artist Competitions
Musical Resources
Contact
15-16 Annual Gratitude Report
Administration
Board of Directors
Conductors & Musicians
Employment & Auditions
Mission & History
MSO CDs
News & Reviews
Newsletter
Overture Concert Organ
Madison Symphony Chorus
Hamburg Steinway Piano

Beyond the Score® Elgar: Enigma Variations
What Secret?

One Performance Only
Sun., Mar. 18, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

Live actors | Visual projections | Entire work performed in the second half
This special concert may be added to your subscription order. Single tickets go on sale to the public Sat., Aug. 12, 2017.
Tickets: $15-$65| View seating and pricing charts.

Music Program

Elgar | Enigma Variations

Featuring

John DeMain, Conductor
James Ridge, Actor
Colleen Madden, Actor
Brian Mani, Actor
Norman Gilliland, Narrator
James Ridge, Colleen Madden, and Brian Mani from American Players Theatre, and Norman Gilliland from Wisconsin Public Radio appear with the MSO for this exciting and insightful production.

Beyond the Score®

Discover what inspired the creation of this great work of art. Beyond the Score® is a multimedia experience that reveals the illuminating stories found “inside” the score. The first half of the program features live actors, visual illustrations, and musical examples. Following intermission, you’ll experience Elgar’s Enigma Variations in its entirety—listening with a deeper understanding of the composer and the music.

Enigma Variations

What Secret? is still somewhat of a mystery, though the seeds of Edward Elgar’s work grew from an improvisation to which his wife Alice remarked “That’s a good tune. What is it?” To which he replied “Nothing yet.” Elgar continued to improvise and imagine what his friends would do with the tune. What came about was his much-loved Enigma Variations, depicting “friends pictured within,” and tagging their initials and nicknames to each of the variations. This Beyond the Score® performance delves into those special personalities that are the basis for this most famous and heart-warming musical masterpiece.
“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require.” —Edward Elgar

Seating Chart

Read the Program Notes

Read more about the music you'll hear live at the Symphony!
Program Notes will be available in July 2017.
Beyond the Score® is a production of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Gerard McBurney, Creative Director for Beyond the Score®

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

Major funding
provided by
Additional funding
provided by

John A. Johnson Foundation,
a component fund of the
Madison Community Foundation

Wisconsin Arts Board funding comes with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.