2018 MSOL Parties of Note

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2019 MSOL Parties of Note

The MSOL’s Parties of Note is a series of 15 themed parties to benefit the Madison Symphony Orchestra. This year’s parties feature activities, menus and venues to appeal to a wide variety of interests and tastes. With well-known hosts, behind-the-scenes venues, outdoor adventures, musical entertainment, and more, there is something for everyone! And, of course, with all our parties you will enjoy fabulous food and the comradery of your fellow music enthusiasts.

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League and the Madison Symphony Orchestra are most grateful to our Party Hosts/Sponsors for their generous support and participation in this project. All proceeds benefit the MSO’s Education and Community Engagement Programs.

2019 Parties of Note reservations available now!

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.

If the system does not let you purchase the number of tickets you would like, it is because there are not enough spots left for that party.

If you would like to join the waitlist for a party, please email Jessica Yehle at partiesofnotemso@gmail.com.

Click here to register for 2019 parties!

Midnight in Paris: Gypsy Swing Dinner Dance
Friday, May 17, 2019

Step back in time to Paris between the wars among the glitterati and literati at Django Reinhardt’s sizzling hot gypsy jazz club. Dine and dance to the live music of Madison’s Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble. Members of the Riverside Swing Addicts will give a swing dancing lesson. You’ll be provided in advance with a selection of characters you may come costumed to play: Edith Piaf? Maurice Chevalier? Ernest Hemingway? Or your own 20’s or 30’s style. Choose a favorite and vie for prizes in a swing dance off and costume contest.

Calling All Beer Lovers
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Enjoy a tasting delight at the Wisconsin Brewing Company. Learn about the brewing process during a tour of this award winning brewery and then sample any beer on tap from knowledgeable bartenders. The National Mustard Museum and Brennan’s Cellars will pair select mustards and cheeses with the beer. Enjoy the taproom and spacious beer gardens.

An Intimate Dinner with Maestro DeMain
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

What a lovely way to spend a spring evening overlooking Lake Mendota! Enjoy an elegant dinner and engaging conversation with Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro John DeMain and his wife, Barbara, at the lakeside home of Mary Lang and Hans Sollinger. Topics may range from John’s time at the Houston Grand Opera and his worldwide stints as guest conductor for both opera and symphony. Or, maybe anecdotes from his Youngstown, Ohio boyhood, or schooling and early career in New York City. You could even ask him about his desert island music list. John will also entertain us with a few numbers on the piano. Limited to eight guests.

Bourbon and Bluegrass
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Enjoy the tasting of a selection of fine bourbons curated by J. Henry and Sons, while gazing at the stunning skyline of Madison from a lovely home on the shore of Lake Monona. Following the tasting and appetizers, fiddler and MSO Musician, Jon Vriesacker, will enchant you with a lively concert of traditional bluegrass music.

Let’s Tango!
Sunday, October 27, 2019

It’s smooth and sensual, the national dance of Argentina, and anyone can learn it. You will be greeted with a pisco sour and treated to a brief demonstration of tango and then participate in an hour long lesson taught by professional tango instructors, Katie and Doug Reuhl. Following your lesson relax while watching another demonstration and then enjoy some typical Argentinian treats and wine.

Behind the Scenes at NBC 15
Thursday, April 4, 2019

This is your chance to tour the new NBC 15 studios — from green room to green screen. Ever wondered what goes into producing a TV newscast? Find out, as you go behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art broadcasting facility. Tour the studios, watch a live broadcast, and meet the news anchors and staff who make the station tick. NBC 15 is a long-time media partner of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and is pleased to support Parties of Note.

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A Marriage Between Art and Music Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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A Soirée of Song
Thursday, February 28, 2019

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Science and Music: Creative Cousins
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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Meet the Mighty Klais
Saturday, April 13, 2019

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Historic Homes and Iconic Architects
Saturday, May 18, 2019

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In Harmony with Nature: Ice Age Trail Prairie Walk
Saturday, June 1, 2019

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An Artist’s Approach to Gardens
Thursday, July 18, 2019

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European and American Art from the 19th and 20th Centuries
Sunday, August 11, 2019

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Chopin and His Muses
Sunday, September 22, 2019

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Linda & Andy Abelman
Pat Bernhardt
Rosemarie Blancke
Brennan’s Cellars
Catherine Buege
Janet & Scott Cabot
Barbara & John DeMain
Marilyn & Jim Ebben
J. Henry & Sons
Jim & Joan Johnston
Darko & Judy Kalan
Valerie Kazamias
Darcy Kind
Susan Lee
Madison Trust for Historic Preservation
NBC 15
National Mustard Museum
Karen Watson Newlin & Rob Newlin
Darlene & Norman Olson

Paoli Schoolhouse
Cyrena & Lee Pondrom
Beth & Peter Rahko
Greg Reed & Michael Zorich
Katie & Doug Reuhl
Rodney Schreiner
Patty & Dan Schultz
Bassam Shakhashiri
Julie Ann Sipos
Hans & Mary Lang Sollinger
Trevor & Rose Stephenson
Jurate Stewart
Judy & Nick Topitzes
Teri Venker
Jon Vriesacker
Katie & Ellis Waller
Carolyn White
Wisconsin Brewing Company
Greg Zelek

Sound for A Soirée of Song provided by Audio for the Arts.