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overture concert organ

22/23 Overture Concert
Organ Season

Greg Zelek, Organ & Thomas Mesa, Cello

Venue: Overture Hall

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
7:30 p.m.

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After our first performance together back in 2019 and a solo performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the MSO, Thomas Mesa returns as we collaborate once again in a program of organ and cello music. Mr. Mesa and I will both perform works by women composers, such as Nadia Boulanger’s gorgeous Trois Pièces, as well as a solo cello work written for him by Spanish composer Andrea Casarrubios. We will close this exciting evening with a commissioned work written for the two of us, Daniel Ficarri’s Sonata in C minor for Organ and Cello, which was inspired by our first performance at Overture Hall. You won’t want to miss the world premiere of this incredible piece!  – Greg Zelek



Jules Massenet, Méditation from Thaïs
J.S. Bach, Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
J.S. Bach, Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
Nadia Boulanger, Trois Pièces
Alfred Lefébure-Wély, Boléro de Concert, Op. 166
Andrea Casarrubios, Seven
Daniel Ficarri, Sonata for Organ and Cello (world premiere)

Read the Program Notes


The audience enjoyed so much Mesa’s performance of the first movement that they felt compelled to applaud directly afterward, unable to contain their excitement until the final movement.

— Matt Ambrosio, The Cap Times

This was our (and my 17-year-old daughter’s) first organ concert — simply put, AMAZING!!! The music was phenomenal. The pieces were intriguing and engaging. Greg’s on-stage presence is “so right” — a perfect balance of professionalism and endearing us to him, and the organ, and the featured pieces . . . and the concert was just the right length — leaving us wanting more and left me looking forward to when can I go again?!

— MSO patron

Meet the Performers

Greg Zelek, Organ

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mso music director john demain

Thomas Mesa, Cello

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mso music director john demain

…Tuesday’s Overture Concert Organ performance featuring organist Greg Zelek and cellist Thomas Mesa, two Juilliard buddies who put on the most enjoyable concert I have ever encountered.

— Bill Wineke, Channel 3000

I love Greg’s ability to showcase the different tonal colors of the organ — both the grand sounds and the lush, colorful softer stops of the instrument.

— MSO patron

Mr. Mesa’s playing had a musical intensity that was commanding in every detail.

— New York Concert Review

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

William Steffenhagen

Jane Hamblen and Robert F. Lemanske

Sonata for Organ and Cello by Daniel Ficarri was commissioned by the Madison Symphony Orchestra with a gift from Fernando and Carla Alvarado.

Greg Zelek is the Principal Organist and Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ.

Take note. We guarantee a refund for tickets to any concert that cannot be performed for any reason. We will adhere to all public health guidelines and cooperate with Overture Center for the Arts for your safety. Programs, dates, and artists subject to change.

We’re excited to welcome you back to Overture Hall this fall for live in-person performances! We understand you may have questions about safety protocols. Visit our FAQ page for the latest info.


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Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703 United States