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THE MADISON
SYMPHONY CHORUS

BEVERLY TAYLOR, DIRECTOR


A CROWNING JEWEL OF THE MSO

"Without the artistry of the Madison Symphony Chorus, under the expert direction of Beverly Taylor, the Symphony could not present many of the most magnificent works in the repertoire. It is the talent and dedication of the Chorus that make some of our most exciting performances possible."
- John DeMain

CHORUS HISTORY

Formed in 1927, the Madison Symphony Chorus gave its first public performance on February 23, 1928, and has performed regularly with the Madison Symphony Orchestra ever since. The chorus is comprised of more than 125 volunteer musicians who come from all walks of life who enjoy combining their artistic talent.

MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

During the 2014-2015 Season, the Chorus will once again hold a prominent role in the Madison Symphony Christmas Concerts Dec. 5-7, 2014, and will be joined by four great soloists for the MSO's season finale performance of Beethoven's Symphony Number 9 "Ode to Joy" at the May 8-10, 2015 concerts. The ensemble will also present a performance of special choral works in Promenade Hall in March 2015.

In recent seasons, the Chorus has joined the MSO for such awe-inspiring works as Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand, Orff's Carmina Burana, Rossini's jubilant Stabat Mater, the Requiems of both Verdi and Mozart, Holst's The Planets, John Adams' challenging On the Transmigration of Souls, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection), excerpts from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Rachmaninoff's magnificent The Bells, Vaughan Williams'Toward the Unknown Region, and excerpts from Handel's Solomon, among others.

HEAR THE ANGEL VOICES: A CHORUS CD!

HEAR THE ANGEL VOICES, CHRISTMAS WITH THE MADISON SYMPHONY CHORUS, (ION) 2010
The Madison Symphony Chorus, directed by Beverly Taylor, has made a favorite Madison tradition of their beloved performances before the Christmas Spectacular concerts. Now you can give this beautiful experience to your friends and family. The idea came from Chorus Accompanist and Manager, Ann Stanke, who noticed the cathedral-like acoustics in Overture Lobby, and this CD is dedicated to her. The CD includes favorite Christmas Carols from Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and others. Starting out with "Here We Come A-Caroling" and ending with "O Come, All Ye Faithful" this album spans the ages to bring you 17 great Christmas classics.