Special Events

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Special Events

If you have an affinity for great music in great company, join the MSO for special events throughout the season as we celebrate music and Madison’s vibrant cultural community.

Club 201 Events

Join your Madison Symphony Orchestra for a special Club 201 social gathering this holiday season in conjunction with A Madison Symphony Christmas on Friday, December 13! You’re invited to exclusive receptions before and after A Madison Symphony Christmas where you’ll have the opportunity to meet Maestro John DeMain, guest artists, MSO musicians, and music enthusiasts like you. Refreshments provided.

Concert on the Green

Our 25th annual Concert on the Green took place on Monday, June 24 at Bishops Bay Country Club. Music Director John DeMain celebrated 25 years of this exciting summer tradition with Cellist Grace Kim as the featured soloist (winner of the 2019 Bolz Young Artist Competition). This special event is presented by the Madison Symphony Orchestra League. Click here to learn more and save the date for Monday, June 15, 2020.

Parties of Note

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League’s series of themed parties take place throughout the year. Activities, menus, and venues appeal to a wide variety of interests and tastes. All parties are limited in the number of guests and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Many sell out quickly (some are already sold out). Reservations made online through our website are highly recommended to secure the parties you want. You may make reservations for as many events as you wish. Learn more.

Magic of Music Lunches

Our Magic of Music Lunches provide an in-depth look at musical topics and introductions to guest artists over a delicious meal. Your $30 ticket includes your meal and gratuity; a cash bar will also be available. Our most recent lunch was with Pianist Joyce Yang on Friday, November 8.

Open Rehearsals

The MSO is one of the few orchestras in the nation to welcome the public into select rehearsals, free of charge. The most recent Open Rehearsal was held Thursday, October 17 for Rachel Barton Pine Plays Khachaturian. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to experience a working symphony in action and be sure to bring the young musicians in your life to see what happens behind the scenes.


The Final Forte

The Final Forte finalists are selected from a group of young Wisconsin artists who competed in the Bolz Young Artist Competition’s two preliminary rounds. The event, to be held Wednesday, February 26, gives these four artists the chance to perform a movement from a concerto with the MSO. Click here to learn more.

Out at the Symphony

This is an opportunity to connect with the MSO and members and friends of Madison’s LGBTQ community in a fantastic night of great classical music with an exclusive party at one of downtown Madison’s hottest venues. Learn more about our 2019 Out at the Symphony. All 2018–2019 Out at the Symphony events have concluded, but stay tuned for dates planned for 2019–2020.

The Rhapsodie Quartet

The Rhapsodie Quartet brings together some of the brightest stars of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. More than just a string quartet, the ensemble is the resident ensemble of the MSO’s award-winning HeartStrings Community Engagement Program. United in their mission, the members of the quartet create a fusion of talent, passion and heart in their performances. Learn more.

Voices of Spring Gala

This event hosted by Friends of the Overture Concert Organ, featuring dinner and music on stage at Overture Hall to benefit the Organ Endowment Fund, took place on Saturday, May 11. The next Voices of Spring Gala will be held in 2021.

Symphony Gala

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League celebrated a memorable evening in support of the MSO’s Education and Community Engagement Programs on Friday, September 13. The 2019 John DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music was presented to Marian Bolz, and the evening also featured performances by two Bolz Young Artist Competition finalists and the Rhapsodie Quartet. Thank you to all who attended and stay tuned for information about the 2020 Symphony Gala!