The Final Forte
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:45 p.m., Overture Hall
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 gives these four artists the chance to perform a movement from a concerto with the MSO.
The Final Forte is a free concert broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). This competition has captured an enormous following and numerous honors, including an Emmy nomination, First Place in the “Special Interest” category from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in 2007, and fifth most-watched program in the February 2007 Nielsen ratings. The 2008 WPT and WPR broadcasts reached more than 60,000 viewers and listeners in the Madison market alone and the 2009 broadcasts reached an estimated 200,000 statewide.
Performing with the Madison Symphony Orchestra is really a remarkable experience. Working with so many great musicians and Maestro John DeMain inspired me to bring my own playing to a new level. It brought my understanding of my own musicianship and my piece to a different place. It is rare for anyone to work with such a skilled orchestra and conductor, let alone musicians of my age. To be given the entire experience of performing with an orchestra, from speaking with the conductor to the rehearsals and to the concerts, is an experience and opportunity of a lifetime. It has taught me so much as a musician and a person.– Past Finalist
This was a deeply meaningful event for me because it was my first solo appearance with an orchestra. It truly felt like a dream.– Past Finalist
It is an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to feel the commitment and energy of these young performers and to reflect on the central role the arts play in our lives. I look forward to these events with great joy– John DeMain, MSO Music Director
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Thank you to our partners
The Bolz Young Artist Competition is made possible by a generous endowment from
The Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Foundation
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte concert and broadcasts are the result of a historic partnership among
Major funding provided by
A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust
Julie and Larry Midtbo
Fred and Mary Mohs
Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner
Additional funding provided by
James Dahlberg and Elsebet Lund
W. Jerome Frautschi
Cyrena and Lee Pondrom
Sentry Insurance Foundation, Inc.
Nick & Judith Topitzes
Marc Vitale and Darcy Kind
The Focus Fund for the Young Performers Initiative
The Board of the Friends of Wisconsin Public Television in memory of Roger Hauck
Friends of Wisconsin Public Television
Special thanks to Farley’s House of Pianos for providing the pianos for our Young Artist Competition auditions