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overture concert organ

Ken Cowan

Venue: Overture Hall

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023
7:30 p.m.

After his last performance in Madison in 2017 alongside his wife, violinist Lisa Shihoten, Ken Cowan now returns to Overture Hall for a solo concert. With a program featuring selections from Elgar’s Organ Sonata and Bach’s powerful Prelude and Fugue in E minor, as well as Mr. Cowan’s own virtuosic transcription of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz, I know the audience will be awed by Mr. Cowan’s incredible technique and refined artistry. – Greg Zelek


Charles-Marie Widor, Allegro from Symphony VI
Edward Elgar, Sonata in G, Op. 28
Rachel Laurin, Poème symphonique pour le temps de l’Avent
George Thalben-Ball, Variations on a Theme of Paganini
J.S. Bach
, Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548
Gunnar Idenstam, Scherzo II (Yoik) from Cathedral Music
William Grant-Still, Reverie
Franz Liszt, Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (“The Dance in the Village Inn”)

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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!

Meet Ken Cowan

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mso music director john demain
All in all, this evening was one of the most memorable organ performances we’ve heard in years.
— Cleveland Classical

…one of the most outstanding young organists on the scene today. His unassuming manner and his sure and relaxed technique hide a fiery yet totally musical approach to organ playing.
— The Diapason

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

Shirley Spade, in memory of Gerald Spade
Jane Hamblen and Robert F. Lemanske

Friends of the Overture Concert Organ

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


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703 United States