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overture concert organ

¡Greg Zelek y Amigos!

Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, Oct. 6, 2023
7:30 p.m.

I am so excited to bring my childhood experience of listening to the music of my Cuban heritage while growing up in Miami to my home in Madison. This program will demonstrate the tremendous versatility of our Overture Concert Organ in a way that you all have not heard before. I contacted my childhood guitar teacher, Alvaro Bermudez, to help put together a band of some of the best classical and jazz musicians in Miami. Magela Herrera, flute, Alvaro Bermudez, guitar, Yarelis Gandul, percussion, and Alex Hernandez, bass, will join forces with me and our Mighty Klais to present a bilingual program of both classical and popular Latin-American music. We will even premiere the lyrics that my grandfather wrote to one of the most popular Cuban songs of his day. I cannot wait to bring this joyous and emotional event to our Madison community. — Greg Zelek

Leerlo en Español

Estoy muy contento de poder traer la música de mi herencia Cubana y crianza en Miami a mi comunidad de Madison. Éste programa demostrará la tremenda versatilidad de nuestro Órgano de Concierto de Overture de manera única. Me comunique con el profesor de guitarra de mi juventud, Álvaro Bermúdez, y él me ayudó a formar un grupo de algunos de los mejores artistas de Miami de música clásica y de jazz. Magela Herrera, en la flauta, Álvaro Bermúdez, en la guitarra, Yarelis Gandul, en percusión, y Alex Hernández, en el bajo, se unirán conmigo y nuestro Mighty Klais para presentar un programa bilingüe de música clásica y popular latinoamericana. También se estrenará una estrofa que mi abuelo compuso para una de las canciones Cubanas más populares de su época. ¡Espero verlos para este evento muy personal y repleto de ritmo y melodía! – Greg Zelek


Margarita Lecuona, Babalú
César Portillo de la Luz, Contigo a la Distancia
Ernesto Lecuona, Andalucia, Danza Negra, La Comparsa
Astor Piazzolla, Oblivion, Libertango
Moisés Simons, El Manisero “The Peanut Vendor”
J.S. Bach, “Little” Fugue in G minor, BWV 578
Armando Manzanero, Somos Novios “It’s Impossible”
Ramón Noble, Fantasia-Toccata
Alberto Domínguez, Perfidia
Miguel Matamoros, Son de La Loma


Take Note: Drinks Allowed in Overture Hall
As of this season, drinks are allowed inside Overture Hall during all Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts. Refreshments may be purchased at bars and concession stands located around the Overture Hall lobby before each concert and during intermission. Please enjoy food in the lobby and unwrap any candy or cough drops before the performance begins. Thank you!

I continue to be impressed by the way in which Greg Zelek creates programs which combine the traditions of the organ with modern innovation in music… Zelek’s approach and his flair in executing it is the path to the future

— Bill Wineke, Channel 3000

Always entertained. Greg is both extremely talented and a very genuine entertainer!

— MSO patron

Meet the Performers

mso music director john demain

Greg Zelek, Organ

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mso music director john demain

Magela Herrera, Flute

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mso music director john demain

Alvaro Bermudez, Guitar

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mso music director john demain

Yarelis Gandul, Percussion

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mso music director john demain

Alex Hernandez, Bass

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Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

William Steffenhagen

Fernando and Carla Alvarado
Audrey Dybdahl
, in memory of Philip Dybdahl


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



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