21/22 SEASON

SUBSCRIPTIONS
available online NOW!

BEETHOVEN RETURNS

Welcome back to live music!

OCT. 15, 16 & 17

RAVISHING RHAPSODY
Olga Kern, Piano

NOV. 12, 13 & 14

GRAND PANORAMA
Thomas Mesa, Cello

DEC. 3, 4 & 5

A MADISON SYMPHONY CHRISTMAS
Elizabeth Caballero, Nmon Ford,
Madison Symphony Chorus,
Madison Youth Choirs, Mt. Zion Gospel Choir

JAN. 21, 22 & 23

PREMIERE DEBUT
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Violin
Greg Zelek, Organ

MAR. 11, 12 & 13

GIL SHAHAM PLAYS
THE BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO
Gil Shaham, Violin

APR. 8, 9 & 10

MISSA SOLEMNIS
Naha Greenholtz, Violin
Madison Symphony Chorus
& opera stars!

MAY 6, 7 & 8

HIS GREATEST HITS
All Beethoven!
Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

THE FINAL FORTE

Bolz Young Artist Competition
Streaming for free online

THE FINAL FORTE

Bolz Young Artist Competition
Performances & interviews

THE FINAL FORTE

Bolz Young Artist Competition
2021 winners announced

HOME IS WHERE
THE ART IS

Musician Q&A, video interviews, and more

FREE VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE

Greg Zelek, Organ
Premiered Oct 2020 — Streaming Now

2021–2022 Symphony Season Subscriptions

Our 21/22 symphony season begins this October — a joyous celebration of Beethoven that will feature many of the artists and programs we had anticipated experiencing throughout this season. Renewal and new subscriptions are available NOW! “The musicians and I can’t wait to welcome you back to our concerts in beautiful Overture Hall!”  – John DeMain, Music Director

The Final Forte 2021 — Streaming Now — Broadcasts in June!

Experience the beauty of musical expression as four gifted young artists compete in the final round of the Bolz Young Artist Competition. Recorded at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison on March 3, 2021 the concert was hosted by John DeMain, Music Director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra; and Kathryn Schwarzmann, the Orchestra’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. The program will also have a broadcast premiere 9 p.m. Sunday, June 6 on PBS Wisconsin, with encore television presentations on The Wisconsin Channel, or PBS Wisconsin-2, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 11 and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 12. The full audio program will broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio’s NPR News & Music stations at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 and 1 p.m. Sunday, June 13.

"Home Is Where the Art Is" stories

Our home is yours! We’re celebrating stories artists and Music Director John DeMain are sharing during this time from their homes. Discover recent “Young Artist Series” stories featuring Flutist Holly Venkitaswaran, Violinist Emily Hauer, Violinist Julian Rhee, Cellist Grace Kim, Pianists Jessica Jiang and Sophia Jiang, and Pianist Michael Wu. MSO’s Principal Organist Greg Zelek shares a performance of Bach’s “Gigue” Fugue and stories from home. View our “Home Is Where the Art Is” collection of stories and videos and Musician Q&A stories. We’re continuously updating this page with new #HomeWithArtists stories. One of the best ways to be connected and engaged with us, and stay informed about what’s happening at your Symphony, is to sign up for updates via email!

Home Is Where the Art Is

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Black Lives Matter. We stand together in support of social justice in our community. View our Madison Symphony Orchestra Statement about Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and our pledge to take action here.

Black Lives Matter

Learn more about us...

Easily access information about every concert, organ performance and special event — from your phone, tablet or computer. Discover more about the impact of our Education and Community Engagement Programs. Find out how you can be a part of our MSO mission as a contributor or volunteer. Learn more about us and the stories that reveal who we are. Enjoy!

Next Concerts

Ravishing Rhapsody

Russian powerhouse Olga Kern returns to perform Rachmaninoff Oct. 15-17, and the orchestra plays Ravel and Beethoven's third symphony.

October 15 - October 17, 2021

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Grand Panorama

Thomas Mesa makes his Madison Symphony debut with Dvořák's magnificent cello concerto Nov. 12-14, and the Symphony presents Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite alongside multimedia projections.

November 12 - November 14, 2021

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A Madison Symphony Christmas

This beloved annual tradition embraces the season with Christmas classics and enchanting new music featuring the orchestra, three choruses and opera stars Dec. 3-5.

December 3 - December 5, 2021

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Next Concerts & Events

Paintings and Perennials (SOLD OUT)

MSOL Party of Note: On July 6, enjoy the smiles of a summer night among extensive and varied gardens while enjoying hundreds of artworks owned and displayed by Janus Galleries.

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People go to concerts to hear music that moves them… and great symphonic music moves us like nothing else can. Please join us on the journey, and listen as the music speaks to you.

- MSO Music Director John DeMain