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Our December 10–24 holiday sale is a wrap for this year.

Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets! Great seats are still available for all concerts.


Learn more about our 2019 concerts below!

Beyond the Score®: Mendelssohn–Symphony No. 4: Why Italy? photo

Beyond the Score®: Mendelssohn — Symphony No. 4: Why Italy?

January 20, 2019 (single performance)

John DeMain, Conductor
Sarah Day, Johnathan Smoots, Nate Burger, American Players Theatre Actors

Beyond the Score® is a multimedia presentation featuring actors, stunning visual projections, and musical examples.

Join Mendelssohn on his travels across the historic cities of Italy and discover how the country became the inspiration for this buoyant symphonic work. Incorporating the composer’s own letters and writings, this program presents the historical context behind this masterpiece.

This concert is separate from the 2018-2019 subscription. First-choice advance tickets are only available to MSO subscribers before single tickets go on sale to the general public on August 18, 2018.

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

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Pictures at an Exhibition

February 15, 16, 17, 2019

John DeMain, Conductor
James Ehnes, Violin

Harbison, The Most Often Used Chords
Brahms, Violin Concerto
Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)


  • Madison native John Harbison’s 80th birthday is the perfect excuse to showcase his satirical work.
  • James Ehnes, one of John’s favorite guest artists, brings the Brahms violin concerto.
  • Composed in memorial to Mussorgsky’s friend, Russian artist Viktor Hartmann. The suite consists of 10 movements — each a musical depiction of 10 paintings by Hartmann — interspersed with a recurring promenade theme that represents a visitor strolling through the exhibition.

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Orchestral Brilliance: THREE VIRTUOSI photo

Orchestral Brilliance: Three Virtuosi

March 8, 9, 10, 2019

John DeMain, Conductor
Naha Greenholtz, Violin
JJ Koh, Clarinet
Joshua Biere, Tuba

Schubert, Symphony No. 8, Unfinished
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 2
Debussy, Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra
Vaughan Williams, Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra
Gershwin, An American in Paris


  • Zoom in on the remarkable musicians of the Madison Symphony, both collectively and individually.
  • Hear solos from concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, principal clarinetist JJ Koh, and principal tuba player Joshua Biere.
  • The concert concludes with a crowd favorite, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, chosen by John as a vehicle to showcase the orchestra in all its brilliance.

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An Auspicious Debut: Marc-André Hamelin

April 12, 13, 14, 2019

John DeMain, Conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

Mozart, Symphony No. 38, Prague
Strauss, Burleske
Ravel, Piano Concerto in G
Debussy, La Mer


  • Two of the greatest German composers and two great French impressionists, featured side by side
  • Grammy Award-winning pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s Madison Symphony debut
  • Travel the world in one evening: from the Bohemian folk music of Prague, to a piano concerto influenced by the cabaret music of 1920s US, and finally culminating in a rich depiction of the ocean.

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A Symphony of a Thousand

Friday, May 3, 4, 5, 2019

John DeMain, Conductor
Alexandra LoBianco, Soprano
Emily Birsan, Soprano
Emily Pogorelc, Soprano
Milena Kitic, Mezzo-Soprano
Julie Miller, Mezzo-Soprano
Clay Hilley, Tenor
Michael Redding, Baritone
Morris Robinson, Bass
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director

Mahler, Symphony No. 8

Sneak peek into the concert:

  • 8 singers, 3 choruses, 500+ artists on stage
  • A show-stopping epic conclusion to the silver anniversary season

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