2018 MSOL Parties of Note

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2020 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.

Register for 2020 Parties of Note!

Join MSOL!

The best way to ensure a spot in the party you want is to join the Madison Symphony Orchestra League. Your $35 annual membership includes the ability to register for parties ahead of the general public, plus invitations to exclusive free events including parties, luncheons, and concert previews. All MSOL members will receive an email containing a password to register and instructions. Public registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17.

Learn more & become a member

All parties are limited in the number of guests and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Many sell out quickly; 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.

A Soirée of Song
Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Spend an intimate musical evening in a lovely luxury apartment with views of downtown Madison and Lake Mendota. Step back in time to an era where singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Sarah Vaughn were household names. Vocalist Susan Lee will perform jazz and Broadway standards from the 1920’s to the 1950’s — Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, the Gershwin brothers, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more.

Art Inspired by Music
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Stephen Fleischman, Director of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and Mel Becker Solomon, Curator of the Permanent Collection, will conduct us to the Works on Paper Gallery and the “vault” where the permanent collection is stored. In the conference room you will see works by notables such as Sam Gilliam, Gene Davis, Romare Bearden, Karl Wirsum, and William Weege, and learn about the museum’s collection of musically-inspired art. Refreshments will follow on Fresco’s rooftop restaurant and lounge.

Sold Out: Chamber Music Meets the Beatles!
Sunday, March 22, 2020
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Lucia String Quartet, an ensemble of musicians from the Madison Symphony Orchestra, has drawn inspiration from Beatles’ songs to create a unique chamber music experience. From “Eleanor Rigby” to “Let it Be” to “Yesterday” enjoy the quartet’s musical performance as well as the view of Madison from the beautiful rooftop Sky Club at Ovation 309.

Sold Out: Meet the Mighty Klais
Saturday, April 4, 2020
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The MSO’s Overture Concert Organ is a striking feature of Overture Hall. It is the largest movable object in any theater in the world, with over 4,000 pipes. Enjoy a backstage tour with the MSO’s Principal Organist and Curator, Greg Zelek, as he shows us the inner workings of the organ. The tour will include on-stage seating where guests will hear Greg show what this magnificent instrument can do. Refreshments will be served in the Audubon Room prior to the tour and performance.

Sold Out: Behind the Scenes at NBC 15
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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. (alternate date, April 29, 2020)

Sold Out: Historic Homes of Maple Bluff
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic homes in Maple Bluff with refreshments and socializing afterwards inside an historic home. Madison Trust for Historic Preservation docent Teri Venker will lead the 75-minute exterior tour, focusing on Cambridge Road’s rich variety of architectural styles, prominent Madison architects, and the people who made these outstanding homes possible. (Rain date: May 20)

Sold Out: First Nation Peoples in Madison’s History: Earthen Mounds
Saturday, May 30, 2020
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Over the last 2000 years, First Nation peoples built earthen mounds on the landscape of what is now Dane County.  Built in a variety of shapes and sizes, they tell stories about the first inhabitants of the Four Lakes region. Join George W. Christiansen III, President of the Wisconsin Archeological Society, for a guided tour of the mounds at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.  Bring your umbrella and sturdy walking shoes. Reception at the home of Martha and Chuck Casey.

Music in the Governor’s Mansion Inn
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This beautiful historic Italianate home was built in 1854 on the shores of Lake Mendota.  In 1883 it became the governor’s residence until 1950, housing 18 Wisconsin governors.  The mansion was recently refurbished and opened as an inn. In the 1870s the home housed a violinist of international repute. The musical tradition continues with a performance by MSO violinists Tim Kamps and Laura Mericle.

Sold Out: Summer Eve Tour of Lake Mendota
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
5:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Join Don Sanford, author of On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota, on a two-hour tour of Lake Mendota on the Betty Lou. You will see Madison from a new perspective and learn about some of the fascinating people and events that shaped the history of Madison’s largest lake while enjoying fine appetizers and watching the sunset. (Rain date: Tuesday, July 14)

Sold Out: Paintings and Perennials
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the smiles of a summer night among extensive and varied gardens while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. If flowers and the summer night don’t touch your soul then enjoy the hundreds of artworks from the past three centuries that are owned and displayed by Janus Galleries. This will be a delightful summer evening. (Rain date, Wednesday, July 8)

Sold Out: Music and More in Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Airplane House”
Sunday, July 26, 2020
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Built in 1908, this outstanding Madison landmark is rarely open to the public.  You will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful interior architecture and furnishings as your host, Dr. Nan Beyer-Mears, regales you with stories and history of four generations in her family home. A performance by Grace Kim, cellist and winner of the 2019 Final Forte, accompanied by her mother, Anna Myeong, will complete this delightful Sunday afternoon experience

Sold Out: An Adventure with Fused Glass
Sunday August 23, 2020
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy refreshments and a fascinating fused glass presentation by fused glass artist, Denis Carey. Learn about the intricate process involved in the making of each piece, and view examples of the breadth of Denis’ work. Then enter his studio where you will create your own fused glass votive which is yours to keep and proudly display in your own home.

Magnificent Monarchs
Monday, August 31, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Internationally-renowned monarch butterfly expert Dr. Karen Oberhauser, Director of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, will give a talk on the monarch butterfly, its lifecycle, and migration to and from Mexico and then lead a short walk into the Arboretum to see them. Following the hike, head to the nearby home of Emy Andrew to socialize and enjoy a light lunch while classical music inspired by butterflies plays in the background. (Rain date Tuesday, September 1)

Delightful Duet of Art and Architecture
Sunday, September 13, 2020
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Visit a Madison Landmark designated home in University Heights and see a wonderful collection of art from West Africa and New Guinea.  Learn about the International Style home designed by George Keck in 1938. The hostess will share stories about the many pieces on display that she and her husband purchased during their travels. Light refreshments will be served.

Veterans Museum and Music
Thursday, October 8, 2020
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

For over 100 years, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum has shared the stories of our state’s military veterans. Join Secretary of Veterans Affairs Mary Kolar and her husband Scott in a tour of this award-winning museum and research center that chronicles the history-shaping exploits of Wisconsin’s veterans from the Civil War to the present day. After the tour relax with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the Kolar’s nearby home.


Linda & Andy Abelman
Emy Andrew
Joel & Kathy Belaire
Barbara Berven
Dr. Nan Beyer-Mears
Rosemarie Blancke
Diane Bless
Janet & Scott Cabot
Denis Carey
Carey Fused Glass LLC
Martha & Chuck Casey
George Christianson III
Kennedy Gilchrist & Heidi Wilde
William and Nancy Haight
Valerie Kazamias
Darcy Kind
Carol Koby
Mary & Scott Kolar

Susan Lee
Pete & Jill Lundberg
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Madison Trust for Historic Preservation
Fred & Mary Mohs
NBC 15
Darlene & Norman Olson
Ovation 309/Hovde
Christine & John Ramkey
Beth & Peter Rahko
Greg Reed & Michael Zorich
Don Sanford
Judy Topitzes
Teri Venker
Katie & Ellis Waller
David Waugh & Bob Klebba
Carolyn White
Jessica & Jim Yehle
Greg Zelek