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.
Preview 2019 Parties below!
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 beginning Friday, January 18, 2019.
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 email@example.com.
MSOL members can register for 2019 Parties beginning Friday, January 11, 2019! Click here to learn more about becoming an MSOL member.
A Marriage Between Art and Music
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Join Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Director Stephen Fleischman and Curator Mel Becker Solomon to go behind the scenes at the Works on Paper Gallery. Works by notables such as Grant Woods, Warrington Colescott, William Weege and other artists from the museum’s permanent collection will illustrate the marriage between art and music. Wine and refreshments will follow on Fresco’s rooftop restaurant and lounge.
An Intimate Dinner with Maestro DeMain
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Enjoy an elegant dinner and an intimate conversation with Maestro John DeMain and his wife, Barbara, at the lakeside home of Mary Lang and Hans Sollinger. Enjoy anecdotes about John’s early career in New York and Houston and his experiences conducting far and wide. This is a rare opportunity to interact with the maestro.
A Soirée of Song
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Science and Music: Creative Cousins
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Science is fun in the lab of Bassam Shakhashiri! Join us as we explore concepts and connections between experimentation, composition, scale, patterns, periodicity and fulfillment. We will feature science and the music of Borodin. Every participant will do an experiment. All will enjoy artistic performances and colorful transformations.
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.
Meet the Mighty Klais
Saturday, April 13, 2019
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 Jumptown 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.
Historic Homes and Iconic Architects
Saturday, May 18, 2019
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.
In Harmony with Nature: Ice Age Trail Prairie Walk
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Harmonize with creation while hiking along a section of the Great Wisconsin Glacier footprint. A nature-lovers delight, these groomed trails offer access to both native Wisconsin prairie and Oak Savannah. Led by Beth Rahko and Valerie Hoch, you’ll travel through a gently rolling landscape on the lookout for early wildflowers, birds and other wildlife. Then, relax and enjoy refreshments with your fellow hikers at a home along the Ice Age Trail. (Rain date, Sunday, June 2)
An Artist’s Approach to Gardens
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Tour a National Hemerocallis (Day Lily) Display Garden, with 500 hybridized day lilies over 1.5 acres. In addition enjoy a koi pond, swimming pool, 250 perennials, conifers and ornamental grasses. Painter Karen Watson-Newlin has created unforgettable gardens with rolling vistas that serve as inspiration for her art. Her paintings will be on display in the garden and adjoining home. Learn more at www.karenwatsonnewlin.com (Rain date: Friday, July 19)
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.
European and American Art from the 19th and 20th Centuries
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Expand your horizons while viewing a private collection of traditional art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn about the artists and their works while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres. This is a rare opportunity to view the significant works in this private collection.
Chopin and His Muses
Sunday, September 22, 2019
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.