December 20, 2018

A single performance of Beyond the Score®: Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4: Why Italy? on January 20th uses multimedia and actors to explore the story behind the music.

Madison, Wis. – Join the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and Music Director John DeMain as they present the story behind Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 with Beyond the Score®: Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4: Why Italy? on January 20, 2019 in Overture Hall.

Beyond the Score®: Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4: Why Italy? is a multimedia examination of German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s travels through Italy. Starring American Players Theatre actors Sarah Day, Jonathan Smoots and Nate Burger, the concert experience features visual projections, photos, musical excerpts and a full performance in the second half of Symphony No. 4 by the MSO with John DeMain conducting.

In 1830, a young 21-year-old Mendelssohn visited the countryside of the Italian countryside and historic cities of Venice, Naples and Rome. Three years later, he set his journey to music and composed his fourth Symphony — later to be known as his Italian Symphony. Though it eventually become one of the composer’s most popular works, the piece was only performed twice during his lifetime and published four years after his death in 1851.

Designed for classical music lovers and newcomers looking for a deeper look into the world of classic music and the motivations of significant compositions, Beyond the Score®: Why Italy? joins Mendelssohn on his travels in Italy and discovers his inspiration for this symphonic work. Incorporating the composer’s own letters and writings, the program presents the historical context behind the classical piece turned masterpiece.

The single concert takes place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, 201 State Street. Program notes are available at: http://www.allsenmusic.com/NOTES/1819/4AJan19.html

Single Tickets are $16 to $70 each, available at https://madisonsymphony.org/event/beyond-the-score-mendelssohn/, through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street, or by calling the box office at (608) 258-4141.

Groups of 10 or more can save 25% by calling the MSO office at (608) 257-3734. For more information, visit https://madisonsymphony.org/concerts-events/buy-tickets/group-discounts/.

Student rush tickets can be purchased in person on the day of the concert at the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street. Students must show a valid student ID and can receive up to two $10 or $20 tickets. More information is at: https://madisonsymphony.org/concerts-events/buy-tickets/offers-discounts/. Students can receive 20% savings on seats in select areas of the hall on advance ticket purchases.

Seniors age 62 and up receive 20% savings on advance and day-of-concert ticket purchases in select areas of the hall.

Discounted seats are subject to availability, and discounts may not be combined.


The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 93rd season in 2018–2019 and its 25th season under the leadership of Music Director John DeMain. The MSO has grown to be one of America’s leading regional orchestras, providing Madison and south-central Wisconsin with cultural and educational opportunities to interact with great masterworks and top-tier guest artists from around the world. Find more information at madisonsymphony.org

Exclusive funding for this concert is provided by the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. Beyond the Score® is a production of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gerard McBurney, Creative Director for Beyond the Score®

Peter Rodgers, Director of Marketing
Phone: (608) 257-3734 x226
Email: prodgers@madisonsymphony.org
Web: madisonsymphony.org
Photos: http://bit.ly/msojan19

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