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2018-2019 Season
5/24/18, John Barker, The IsthmusThe maestro’s favorites
5/14/18: PRESS RELEASE: The Madison Symphony Orchestra Announces its 2018–2019 Overture Concert Organ Series
4/10/18: PRESS RELEASE: The Madison Symphony Orchestra Announces its New 2018–2019 Silver Anniversary Season
3/29/18, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times: John DeMain programs a ‘few of my favorite things’ for 25th year with MSO

October 2018
10/04, John Barker, Isthmus: Outstanding Ax
10/04, PRESS RELEASE: Acclaimed Organist Paul Jacobs Presents Excerpts of Johannes Sebastian Bach’s Organ Repertoire
10/03, PRESS RELEASE: Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey and Canadian Conductor Tania Miller Join the Madison Symphony Orchestra for Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5

September 2018
9/29, Greg Hettmansberger: John DeMain Launches his 25th Madison Symphony Orchestra Season
9/29, Matt Ambrosio, Capital TimesMadison Symphony Orchestra gets its season off to a strong start
9/19, Greg Hettmansberger: Greg Zelek in Recital: Volcanic, Organic, Romantic (and downright funny!)
9/17, Greg Hettmansberger, Madison Magazine: 25 seasons and counting with conductor John DeMain
9/13, Sandy Tabachnick, The IsthmusMonumental music: The Overture Concert Organ gets a workout in the coming season

August 2018
8/1, PRESS RELEASE: Emanuel Ax Performs Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra at the 18-19 Season Premiere

June 2018
6/28, Gayle Worland, Wisconsin State Journal: Madison Symphony names Kyle Knox associate conductor

May 2018
5/10, John Barker, The Isthmus: A study in contrasts: Madison Symphony Orchestra ends the season with Mozart and Janáček
5/6, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times: Madison symphony finishes out season with a mix of new and old
5/5, Bill Wineke, Channel 3000: Wineke: MSO ends season with spectacular Mass

April 2018
4/14, John Barker, The Isthmus: A study in contrasts: Madison Symphony Orchestra plays a pacifist work and a celebration of spring
4/14, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times: Symphony takes Overture audience from turmoil to tranquility
4/14, Bill Wineke, Channel 3000: MSO Soloist Featured in New Yorker Profile
4/14, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says: Madison Symphony the Only Sign of Spring This Weekend

March 2018
3/20, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says: An “Enigma” Explored
3/19, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times: Symphony goes ‘Beyond the Score’ by mixing music, acting and images

February 2018
2/17, John Barker, The Isthmus: Rare cello delights: Madison Symphony Orchestra presents a stellar soloist in an unconventional work
2/17, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times: The joy of being surprised: Madison Symphony Orchestra stretches, mixing new with the familiar

January 2018
1/22, Bill Wineke, Channel 3000: MSO turns in an incredible performance
1/20, John Barker, The Isthmus: Violin virtuosity: Gil Shaham guests with Madison Symphony Orchestra in program of Russian composers
1/20, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times: Gil Shaham makes familiar Tchaikovsky sound fresh with MSO
1/19, Classical Hive: MSO Kicks Off 2018 with a Nod to the Russians

December 2017
12/2, Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times: True love and beloved tradition fill the stage at Madison symphony’s annual Christmas fete
12/4, Bill Wineke, Channel 3000: Wineke review: Tenor, soprano, bassoon highlight MSO Christmas
12/2, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says: The Presence of All Means Presents for All

November 2017
11/27, Jacob Stockinger, The Well-Tempered Ear: Classical music: The annual sold-out Christmas concert by the Madison Symphony Orchestra, guest artists and local groups is this coming weekend
11/21, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says: Early Thanks Given, Courtesy of DeMain and Co
11/20, Sandy Tabachnick, The Isthmus: Classical guitar star: Sharon Isbin returns to play with Madison Symphony Orchestra
11/18, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times: Sharon Isbin’s guitar highlights an eclectic Madison Symphony Orchestra show
11/18, Bill Wineke, Channel 3000: Review: Guitarist Brings Jazz Culture to MSO
11/16, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says: Sharon Isbin and Her Never-ending Legacy
11/14, Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times: Symphony aims at newcomers with jazz, folk and Spanish guitar

October 2017
10/23, Flora Junhua Deng, The Daily Cardinal: Olga Kern, Madison Symphony Orchestra perform the works of Barber, Rachmaninoff, Ravel at the Overture Center
10/23, Bill Wineke, Channel 3000: Wineke: Popular pianist highlights season change in Madison
10/21, Classical Hive: Madison Symphony Orchestra – From the New World
10/21, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times: Concert review: Storybooks and myths inspire MSO’s latest offering
10/21, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says: Olga Kern And DeMain Deliver Again
10/21, John Barker, The Isthmus: Rare treats: Olga Kern shines in Barber’s Piano Concerto

September 2017
9/18, Bill Wineke, Channel 3000: Symphony review: MSO concert mixes music, stagecraft
9/16, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says: This Year DeMain Honors Two Traditions
9/16, John Barker, The Isthmus: Superlative season opener: Madison Symphony Orchestra highlights fine local players
9/10, Amanda Finn, The Wisconsin State Journal New organist hopes to draw attentive audiences
9/7, Michael Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette: Madison Symphony’s Dozoryst follows his muse — from Bennett to Berlioz

August 2017
8/27, Amanda Finn, The Wisconsin State Journal: Madison Symphony organist leaves a dream job in capable hands

Season 2017-2018
3/31 2017-2018 Season News Release

May 2017
5/6, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times Madison Symphony Chorus, organ highlight MSO’s final concert of season.
5/6, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says Madison Symphony Closes Its Season on Very Human Notes.
5/6, John Barker, The Isthmus Choral magnificence: Madison Symphony Orchestra finishes season with Brahms’ “Requiem”.

April 2017
4/8, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times Concert review: With soloist Philippe Bianconi, MSO shines brightly.
4/8, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says Bianconi Soars; Overture Hall Roars.
4/8, John Barker, The Isthmus Colossal contrasts: Madison Symphony and guest pianist Philippe Bianconi match modernists and Romantics.
4/3, Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times Olga Kern, Alban Gerhardt and Gil Shaham on Madison Symphony’s ’17-’18 season.

March 2017
3/11, Kyle Johnson, The Capital Times Concert review: MSO takes Overture audience on an uneven Alpine hike.
3/11, John Barker, The Isthmus Men, mountains and woman with trumpet: Tine Thing Helseth returns to the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

February 2017
2/18, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times Concert review: MSO performance looks out onto a larger world, anxiously.
2/18, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says Faux-New (and Tried and True) Heat Up Overture Hall.
2/18, John Barker, The Isthmus Symphonic imagination: Madison Symphony Orchestra hosts piano powerhouse Stephen Hough.

January 2017
1/19, John Barker, The Isthmus An entertaining “Scheherazade”: Madison Symphony Orchestra explores Rimsky-Korsakov — with the DeVitas.
1/17, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says Madison Symphony Goes Well “Beyond the Score”.
1/15, Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times Put pleasurable ‘Scheherazade’ in context at symphony’s January concert.

December 2016
12/3, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says Snow or No, “Madison Symphony Christmas” Is Here.
12/3, Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times At symphony Christmas concert, Maestro DeMain gets into the act.

November 2016
11/12, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says A Perfectly Timed Homecoming.
11/12, John Barker, The IsthmusFamilial spirit: Madison Symphony Orchestra presents varied program for November.
11/12, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times Concert review: MSO delivers heart-wrenching performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

October 2016
10/22, John Barker, The Isthmus Something old, something new: Madison Symphony Orchestra hosts violinist/composer Henning Kraggerud.
10/22, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times Concert review: Madison Symphony Orchestra takes listeners on a trip with Henning Kraggerud.
10/22, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says No Place Like (a Second) Home).

September 2016
9/24, John Barker, The Isthmus Beautiful music, distracting backdrop: Madison Symphony Orchestra’s season opener features superbly realized Holst…and irrelevant NASA video.
9/24, Jessica Courtier, The Capital Times Concert review: MSO takes audience on a stunning trip to the planets.
9/24, Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says John DeMain “Launches” His 23rd Season with Madison Symphony.

Season 2016-2017
3/3, Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times Madison Symphony goes multimedia for its just-announced ’16-’17 season
3/3, John Barker, The Isthmus Stellar music ahead: Madison Symphony Orchestra rolls out new season
3/3 Greg Hettmansberger, What Greg Says What’s New for the Madison Symphony Next Year?—Only A Dozen Things or So!