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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 2013-2014 Season, the Chorus will be joined by four great soloists for Mozart's Requiem and will, as always, be prominently featured in the Madison Symphony Christmas concerts. The ensemble shone again in the 2012-2013 Season with performances of the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and three choruses from Handel's Solomon, Rachmaninoff's magnificent The Bells, and Vaughan Williams' Toward the Unknown Region.

The Chorus rose to new heights in the 2011-2012 Season with performances of John Adams' challenging On the Transmigration of Souls and excerpts from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. 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, Debussy's mystical Nocturnes, Rossini's jubilant Stabat Mater, the Requiems of both Verdi and Mozart, Holst's The Planets, excerpts from Mussorgsky's powerful Boris Godunov, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection).

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.