2018-2019 Organ Performance Series
Majestic. Eloquent. Colossal. The Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Overture Concert Organ. You’ve got to hear it to believe it! Explore the first season Greg Zelek has crafted as Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ. Discover the story behind each program he has prepared below.
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Overture Concert Organ Series: Greg Zelek
SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 Virtuoso Greg Zelek opens the 2018-2019 season as the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Organist and Curator of MSO’s Overture Concert Organ. His exciting program features “organ favorites” by Vierne, Bach, Franck and more. Join Madison’s premier organist in a colorful display of artistry and skill in Overture Hall.
Overture Concert Organ Series: Paul Jacobs
OCTOBER 23, 2018 Paul Jacobs, Grammy-winning artist and established member of the Juilliard School Organ Department made history performing Bach’s organ works in their entirety — over an 18-hour period. The former mentor and teacher of MSO’s Principal Greg Zelek will bring MSO’s magnificent Overture Concert Organ to life when he makes his Madison debut with an all-Bach program.
Overture Concert Organ Series: Chelsea Chen
FEBRUARY 19, 2019 Chelsea Chen is a highly accomplished organist and composer; her work, albeit classical, is expanded upon with inflections of her own compositions, based on Asian folksongs. Chen’s Overture Hall debut features her original Taiwanese Suite, plus works by Grieg, Holst’s The Planets, and more. Experience the nuances of her lively and personalized style brought to life on the Mighty Klais organ.
Overture Concert Organ Series: Greg Zelek and Thomas Mesa
APRIL 16, 2019 Cellist Thomas Mesa and Principal Organist Greg Zelek close MSO’s Overture Concert Organ season with Beethoven’s variations on Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Beau Soir by Debussy, Bach’s Prelude from Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, and “Fiddle” Fugue in D minor, Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso, Widor’s Toccatta from Symphony for Organ, No. 5, a Serenade by Schubert, and Hadyn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major. Don’t miss the 18-19 season finale!