A Madison Symphony Christmas

Our December 13–15 Christmas concerts featured Christmas classics and enchanting new music by the orchestra, three choruses and opera stars Michelle Johnson and Mackenzie Whitney. Relive all the moments, from caroling in the lobby and all three concerts to Saturday morning’s Carol Sing — view more than 60 photos and read the reviews!


“Attending the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas spectacular is very much like enjoying a party with old friends.”

– Bill Wineke, Channel 3000
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“Soprano Michelle Johnson, stunning in a gold-accented gown, sounded warm and resonant on a Basque carol called “Gabriel’s Message,” sung in English. Her “O Holy Night” was glorious, too, soaring and dramatic.”

– Jessica Courtier, The Cap Times
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“The second half builds to the most wonderful musical dessert one can ask for, Leotha and Tamara Stanley’s Mt. Zion Gospel Choir.”

– Greg Hettmansberger
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A Madison Symphony Christmas
This beloved annual tradition embraces the season with Christmas classics and enchanting new music featuring the orchestra, three choruses and opera stars. From caroling in the lobby, to the final sing-along, you will be energized with holiday spirit when you emerge from this concert. Read more about the program on the event page.

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!

Major funding provided by
American Printing
Fiore Companies, Inc.
Nedrebo’s Formalwear
John W. Thompson and Jane A. Bartell Charitable Foundation
Maurice and Arlene Reese Family Foundation
BMO Harris Bank
Hooper Foundation/General Heating & Air Conditioning
Judith and Nick Topitzes
Anonymous Friends

Additional funding provided by
Colony Brands, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Flad Architects
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts

View photos from the concerts:

Free Community Carol Sing with Organist Greg Zelek

Our December 14 Carol Sing saw record attendance as more than 1,500 people of all ages gathered in Overture Hall to sing seasonal carols and hymns, led by Principal Organist Greg Zelek.

“Individual voices ranged from sweet and delicate to deep and bass-heavy, the vocal chord equivalent of a tuba. Zelek[‘s]… hands flew across three levels of keyboards while his feet worked the pedalboard.”

– Howard Hardee, Wisconsin State Journal
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Free Community Carol Sing
Bring your pipes, and your friends and family, to raise a joyful noise with the Overture Concert Organ. Always a fan favorite, the Carol Sing will get everyone in the mood for Christmas. Join Madison Symphony Orchestra Principal Organist Greg Zelek for this wonderful event that is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Read more about the program on the event page.

Thank You to our Generous Sponsor!

Festival Foods