MSO Overture Concert Organ Performances

Eloquent. Colossal.

Virtual Overture Concert Organ performance with Greg Zelek & Ansel Norris — streaming for free this spring!

An exciting performance was recorded live in Overture Hall featuring MSO’s Principal Organist Greg Zelek and trumpet soloist Ansel Norris. The virtual concert premiered on April 27, 2021. Everyone who registered for this FREE virtual performance may watch as many times as they like!

20/21 Overture Concert Organ Season
Virtual Performances

Thank you to all who registered to view the two virtual concerts that took place in the fall of 2020 with Greg Zelek and Paul Jacobs! A special thanks to everyone who made a donation, your support is truly appreciated.

Greg Zelek, Organ

Premiered Tuesday, October 13, 2020 — FREE Streaming Extended!

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Walter and Karen Pridham Charitable Fund, Gerald and Shirley Spade

I open our 2020–21 Season with César Franck’s powerful Pièce Héroïque, followed by works by some of the most prolific and important French composers. After relaxing to my arrangement of Debussy’s Clair de Lune, hear me close the program with Boëllmann’s well-known Suite Gothique that ends with a rousing Toccata. I am excited to share these musical gems that have cemented the great value of the French school of organ composition for centuries.
–Greg Zelek, Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Organist and the Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ

Paul Jacobs, Organ

Premiered Tuesday, November 17

Jeff and Beth Bauer, Jane Hamblen and Robert F. Lemanske

After an awe-inspiring appearance in 2018 with his all-Bach program, GRAMMY Award-winning organist (and my Juilliard professor) Paul Jacobs returns to Overture Hall to share the beauty of his musical insights into Handel’s Organ Concerti. Bookended by Mr. Jacobs’ arrangements of two of Handel’s Op. 4 Concerti for solo organ, the versatility of our Mighty Klais will be on full display with a program that will amaze all! –Greg Zelek


Organ FAQ

Updated 11/30/20

What is the status of the 20/21 Overture Concert Organ Season?
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we have regretfully cancelled our remaining 20/21 Organ Performances, previously scheduled for February and April. Read our press release for more information. You can also read more about how we’re responding to current events by visiting our 20/21 Season FAQs2020 Q&As and Current Schedule pages.

We all look forward to a new beginning in September 2021. Please stay tuned for some exciting news about next season — priority seating will continued to be honored for 2021–2022. In the meantime, should there be a breakthrough opportunity to restore any of the cancelled concerts and events to the schedule, we will be prepared to do so.

What is the new date for the May 5, 2020 Organ performance?
In March 2020, we announced the postponement of our Organ Performance that was planned to take place on May 5, 2020. Our hope was to reschedule the event to this fall. Unfortunately due to Overture Center for the Arts’ suspension of performances through November 2020, and the Dane County “Forward Dane” reopening plan, we are unable schedule the postponed event at this time. We expect to present Greg Zelek with The Diapason Brass & Timpanias part of our 2021–2022 Organ Season.

Will there be any Free Community Carol or Hymn Sings in the 20/21 season?
Overture Center for the Arts has suspended all performances through November 30. We will continue to monitor the status of the FORWARD DANE Phased Reopening Plan for Dane County and guidelines from Overture Center to see if we will be able to hold any Carol or Hymn Sings after this date.