2022–2023 Symphony Season

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Read a letter from Music Director John DeMain

It’s that time of year again — we are launching our new 22/23 Symphony Season and invite you to subscribe. With a stunning array of soloists, beloved staples from the symphonic repertoire, and our ever-expanding table of composers, this season will thrill you from start to finish.

The MSO debut of star British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, playing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, is a real coup for us. Joining him on our star-studded roster will be the return of violinist James Ehnes (Barber), pianist Yefim Bronfman (Rachmaninoff), two piano team, the Naughton twins (Bruch), and violinist Blake Pouliot (Saint-Saëns) in simply a knock-out season of amazing artists.

We open our season with the thrilling conclusion of our belated Beethoven birthday celebration as we perform his iconic ninth symphony, and honor Marc Fink for his extraordinary tenure as our Principal Oboist. The Madison Symphony Chorus joins us for Beethoven’s 9th, our spectacular Christmas concert, and then closes the season with the enormously popular and exciting Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. Beyond the Score® focuses on the incredibly beautiful and lyrical fourth symphony by Gustav Mahler.

The season includes first-time MSO performances of works by Florence Price and Jessie Montgomery. Every concert will include at least one major work from our core symphonic repertoire, including great symphonies by Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, and Brahms, plus other great symphonic works by Strauss, Bartók, and Britten. Of course, our enormously popular Christmas concert will be back in all its glory, and we have a bevy of great singers for our choral and Christmas programs. Just writing about next season is getting me excited. There is so much beauty and variety planned for all of you, many of whom have been incredibly loyal patrons over the years.

If you haven’t been back yet to a live performance, next season is the perfect way to take the plunge, and return to something that has been so central and nourishing to your lives, i.e. the LIVE performance of great music.

Be with us.

— John DeMain, Music Director

Enchanted Piano & Personal Favorite

November 11, 12 & 13, 2022

Arturo Márquez, Danzón No. 2
Max Bruch, Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathétique

John DeMain, Conducting
Christina and Michelle Naughton, Piano Duo

A Madison Symphony Christmas

December 2, 3 & 4, 2022

John DeMain, Conducting
Adriana Zabala, Mezzo-soprano
Nathaniel Stampley, Baritone
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Madison Youth Choirs, Michael Ross, Artistic Director
Mount Zion Gospel Choir, Tamera and Leotha Stanley, Directors

Towering Piano & Virtuosity

January 20, 21 & 22, 2023

Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 3 in D major
Béla Bartók, The Miraculous Mandarin
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3  in D minor

John DeMain, Conducting
Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Heroic Piano & Premiere

February 17, 18 & 19, 2023

Jessie Montgomery, Coincident Dances
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No. 6 in D major

John DeMain, Conducting
Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano

Beyond the Score® Mahler: Symphony No. 4 — Heaven or Earth?

One performance only!

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 4 in G major

Beyond the Score® multimedia presentation feat. American Players Theatre actors, visual projections and live musical examples.

Kyle Knox, Conducting
Emily Secor, Soprano
Dan Lyons, Piano
James Ridge, Actor
Colleen Madden, Actor
Gavin Lawrence, Narrator

Beyond the Score® is a production of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gerard McBurney, Creative Director for Beyond the Score®

Dazzling Violin & Spring

April 14, 15 & 16, 2023

Benjamin Britten, Four Sea Interludes
Camille Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D major

John DeMain, Conducting
Blake Pouliot, Violin

Renaissance & Passion

May 5, 6 & 7, 2023

Florence Price, Symphony No. 3 in C minor
Carl Orff, Carmina Burana

John DeMain, Conducting
Jeni Houser, Soprano
Justin Kroll, Tenor
Ben Edquist, Baritone
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director

Previous Concerts

Infinite Joy

September 23, 24 & 25, 2022

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Oboe Concerto in C major
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor

John DeMain, Conducting
Marc FinkOboe 
Laquita MitchellSoprano
Kirsten LippartMezzo-soprano
Jared EsguerraTenor
Matt BoehlerBass
Madison Symphony ChorusBeverly TaylorDirector

Sublime Violin & Journeys

October 14, 15 & 16, 2022

Richard Strauss, Death and Transfiguration
Samuel Barber, Violin Concerto
Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3 in A minor

John DeMain, Conducting
James Ehnes, Violin

Thank you to our generous season sponsors!

Please take note: We guarantee a refund for tickets to any concert that cannot be performed for any reason. Programs, dates, and artists subject to change.