"A Virtual Madison Symphony Christmas"
Premieres Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Come celebrate the season with 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. This hour-long virtual concert is certain to lift our hearts and spirits. Enjoy classic Christmas music plus our traditional sing along where you can join us singing to a medley of favorites from your home! This concert is offered for FREE upon registration and will be available for viewing through December 31, 2020.
PBS Wisconsin Re-Broadcast of "A Madison Symphony Christmas" 2018
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m.
Tune into your local PBS Wisconsin station to re-live the moments of this exciting one-hour Christmas special! John DeMain and special guests Cecilia Violetta López, Kyle Ketelsen, the Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, and the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir perform Christmas classics old and new.
You Can Help! Support Our Madison Symphony Musicians
The global pandemic has resulted the cancellation of Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts as we have known them. We recognize that the 91 members of the orchestra are a core cultural asset of the greater Madison community. Our Board of Directors recently established a Musicians’ Relief Fund — committing $184,000 to ease the orchestra’s loss of income for the canceled subscription concerts. Thanks to an outpouring of support from our community, we have surpassed our initial goal. There is still time to give. We have extended our deadline for contributions to December 31, 2020.
20/21 Symphony and Organ Seasons
Celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven with us. Share the excitement of music that made him one of the most beloved composers ever. We’re planning for “A New Beginning” Symphony Season to start in February with John DeMain and Gil Shaham. Answers to your questions about subscriptions, renewals, seating, and plans for responding to Overture Center and health guidelines for our upcoming season, are found on our 20/21 FAQ page.
Our 20/21 Overture Concert Organ Season is scheduled to continue in February with a performance by Thomas Trotter, and close in April with Classical Arias and Gospel Spirituals with Reginald Mobley, countertenor & Greg Zelek, organ. You can find details about the season, and answers to questions you may have about our response to current events, on our organ webpage.
"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!
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.
The Creative Power of Art
The Madison Symphony Orchestra stands with everyone in unwavering support of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We believe art is a powerful part of making change happen. The opera “Blue” is a poignant example. Our Music Director John DeMain was about to conduct “Blue” with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in March before the coronavirus crisis. Read a story we posted on June 3rd that includes a personal message from John, and access reviews of the opera, and an advance story that appeared in The Washington Post before the performance that would have taken place in March: Behind the Story of “Blue” — Black Lives Matter.
Madison Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Events — September 2020 through January 2021 Update
Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 20/21 Beethoven & Beyond season concerts and Overture Concert Organ performances are now canceled from September 2020 through January 2021, due to Overture Center’s decision to suspend events through November 30, 2020, and the requirements of Dane County’s “Forward Dane” Reopening Plan. 20/21 season performances in February, March, April and May 2021 are scheduled to take place as planned. All subscribers will be sent a refund for the value of their tickets for the September 2020 through January 2021 concerts.
Current Schedule and Summer/Fall 2020 Q&A
In this time of uncertainty, and always, thank you for helping us stay strong and continue to provide our community with great music. Your support of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the gift of music, is more important than ever.
The May 5, 2020 Overture Concert Organ performance, “Greg Zelek with the Diapason Brass & Timpani” has been canceled for this season. Ticketholders will be receiving refunds for their purchases and have been notified via mail and email.
The Madison Symphony Orchestra League’s September 11, 2020 Symphony Gala has been canceled for this year. The League’s event committee is already working on plans to bring the event back in 2021.
Visit the pages below to access the latest information about the status of concerts and events that will be continually updated.
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Celebrate the joy of the season together when we present an hour-long virtual concert that is certain to lift our hearts and spirits. Premieres Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m., and can be viewed through 12/31/20.
December 16 - December 31, 2020more
Gil Shaham returns Feb 12-14 and the orchestra performs Rachmaninoff and a comic folk opera by Hungarian composer Kodály.
02/12/2021 - February 14, 2021more
Next Concerts & Events
Celebrate the joy of the season together when we present an hour-long virtual concert that is certain to lift our hearts and spirits. Premieres Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m., and can be viewed through 12/31/20.more
Experience the Christmas magic all over again! View the one-hour special broadcast of our2018 Christmas concert on Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m.more
Gil Shaham returns Feb 12-14 and the orchestra performs Rachmaninoff and a comic folk opera by Hungarian composer Kodály.more
News & Stories
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.