We have a number of special events happening around our April concerts, An Auspicious Debut: Marc-André Hamelin, April 12–14. Learn more about them below!

About An Auspicious Debut, April 12, 13 & 14

Marc-André Hamelin is one of the major pianists of our time, known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire. We’re fortunate to have him perform as a soloist on pieces both before and after intermission: Strauss’s Burleske and Ravel’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G Major. The concerts open with Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 and close with Debussy’s La Mer. Learn more and buy tickets.


Thursday, April 11: Open Rehearsal

The Madison Symphony Orchestra is one of the few orchestras in the nation to welcome the public into select rehearsals, free of charge. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to experience a working symphony in action. We encourage you to bring aspiring young musicians in your life to see what happens behind the scenes as our guest artists and orchestra prepare for concert performances. Learn more and reserve your seats.


Thursday, April 11: Behind the Music, an MSOL Discovery Talk

Join guest speaker Norman Gilliland for a presentation and conversation entitled “Pushing the Boundaries.” Listen, ask questions, and learn more about the April concert program over hors d’oeuvres and wine at an MSOL member’s home. This event is free, but only open to members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra League. Learn more about becoming a member, and register for this event by Monday, April 1.


Friday, April 12: Magic of Music Lunch

Join Marc-André Hamelin for lunch at noon at Blackhawk Country Club! Magic of Music lunches provide an in-depth look at musical topics over a delicious meal. Your $30 ticket includes your meal and gratuity; a cash bar will also be available. Registration for this event is now closed.


Friday, April 12: Out at the Symphony

This is an opportunity to connect with the MSO and members and friends of Madison’s LGBTQ community in a fantastic night of great classical music and an after-party immediately following the concerts. Tickets are $45 and include a seat in the Circle level of Overture Hall for Friday’s concert (regular price ($70-93), and an invitation to the reception afterwards. Learn more and RSVP by Thursday, April 4.