MSO Overture Concert Organ Performances

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2020–2021 Overture Concert Organ Season Concerts

Update, 9/13/2020: In March, 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. We are in the planning stages for presenting a new series of 20/21 MSO Overture Concert Organ Performances for this fall and the spring of 2021. Priority seating will continue to be honored for subscribers for upcoming performances.

Our February and April 2021 concerts are scheduled to take place as planned, and tickets for these performances will be available at a later date. You can read more about how we’re responding to current events by visiting our Summer 2020 Q&A and Current Schedule pages.

 

20/21 Organ Season Schedule

While we can’t gather in person for the safety of our community, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the first two concerts of our 2020–21 Season will be livestreamed for viewing from home! After I kick off the season with an all-French program, Paul Jacobs will make his much-anticipated return appearance.

I am sure that these streamed concerts will amaze the audience with our Mighty Klais and give an up-close and fresh experience of all that it takes to bring this music to life!
–Greg Zelek

Registration for the FREE streamed performances opens on September 27th.

Greg Zelek, October 13, Tuesday at 7:30

FREE streamed performance from Overture Hall with Greg Zelek, organ
SPONSORS
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

Paul Jacobs, November 17, Tuesday at 7:30

FREE streamed performance from Overture Hall with Paul Jacobs, organ
SPONSORS
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

 

February 23
Vituosic Works for Organ with Thomas Trotter, organ

April 20
Classical Arias and Gospel Spirituals with Reginald Mobley, countertenor & Greg Zelek, organ

 

Organ FAQ

How can I subscribe to the 20/21 Overture Concert Organ Season?
We haven’t opened up subscription sales yet, and we’re also postponing the distribution of the season brochure for the moment. We are currently considering alternative programming opportunities for the fall, and working on details for subscription sales for the second half of the season.

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 Farmers’ Market Concerts this summer?
Overture Center for the Arts has suspended all performances through November 30. Due to Overture Center’s decision, and requirements of the FORWARD DANE Phased Reopening Plan for Dane County, there will not be any Farmers’ Market Concerts this summer.

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.