FREE CONCERT

Ansel Norris, trumpet + Greg Zelek, organ
Online premiere: April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

THE FINAL FORTE

Bolz Young Artist Competition
2021 winners announced

A NEW BEGINNING

IS ON THE HORIZON
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FREE VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE

Greg Zelek, Organ
Premiered Oct 2020 — Streaming Now

HOME IS WHERE
THE ART IS

Musician Q&A, video interviews, and more

Free streamed Overture Concert Organ performance premieres Tuesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Recorded live in Overture Hall — streamed FREE to your home. A 2009 Bolz Young Artist Competition finalist, trumpet soloist Ansel Norris joins MSO Principal Organist Greg Zelek for a an exciting virtual concert that will feature the music that is both written and arranged for this electrifying pairing of instruments — from Bach to Haydn.

The Final Forte 2021

We are excited to announce the results of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition! Pianist Sophia Jiang, violinists Dexter Mott, Carrie Wang, and Qing Ng, performed in Overture Hall on March 3, 2021. Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte live performances and competition were recorded and will be presented virtually in the spring of 2021. Watch for announcements!

2021–2022 Symphony Season

Our 21/22 symphony season is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2021 — a joyous celebration of Beethoven that will feature many of the artists and programs we had anticipated experiencing throughout this season. We are planning to open 21/22 season renewals and new subscriptions this spring, and for single tickets to go on sale in late summer or early fall. We’re excited to be together with you again feeling the thrill of live music with our orchestra and John DeMain in beautiful Overture Hall.

Watch Now: Greg Zelek Streamed Performance

Back by popular demand!

In November, we launched our virtual 20/21 Organ Season with a streamed performance featuring Greg Zelek, Principal Organist and Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ. Due to popular demand, we’re extending access to stream this concert for FREE! Experience the performance for the first time, or relive the moments. The concert runs for just under one hour. No registration is necessary!

"A Virtual Madison Symphony Christmas"

Thank you to everyone who watched and made donations!

We celebrated the spirit of the season in December 2020 with a special new virtual concert production pre-recorded in Overture Hall and multiple locations. Thousands of you experienced vocalists Kyle Ketelsen and Emily Secor; The Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, and Mt. Zion Gospel Ensemble, with performances and accompaniment by John DeMain and Greg Zelek on piano and the Overture Concert Organ, respectively. We appreciate everyone who registered for this free community event, and the generosity of the many people who also donated. View photos from the concert.

Concerts & Events — February through May 2021 Update

Impacted by the coronavirus, MSO’s 2020-21 symphony concerts, organ performances, and events that were scheduled to take place September 2020 through May 2021, were cancelled. Ticketholders for all symphony subscription season concerts were offered the option to donate the value of their tickets, or receive a refund.

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Visit the pages below to access the latest information about the status of concerts and events that will be continually updated.

20/21 Season FAQ

Winter/Spring 2020–2021 Q&A

Current Schedule

"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.

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Next Concerts

Concert on the Green

We have postponed the event that was planned for summer 2021 until June 20, 2022. Please join us for an evening of golf, cocktail party, concert, and dinner on the beautiful grounds of Bishops Bay Country Club.

06/20/2022

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Next Concerts & Events

Historic Homes of Maple Bluff

MSOL Party of Note: Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic homes in Maple Bluff with refreshments and socializing afterwards on May 19.

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Music in the Governor’s Mansion Inn

MSOL Party of Note: Enjoy a performance by MSO violinists Tim Kamps and Laura Mericle on June 15 in this beautiful historic Italianate home built on the shores of Lake Mendota.

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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.

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