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A Madison Symphony Christmas

Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, Dec. 1, 2023
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023
8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023
2:30 p.m.

Buy Single Tickets

$15 – $102
Only through the Overture Center Box Office, 201 State Street

Sunday nearly sold out — best availability Friday & Saturday!

Our traditional and beloved Christmas concert returns in all of its aural and visual splendor, with our own Madison Symphony Chorus, The Madison Youth Choirs, and the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir. Joining us will be soprano Evelyn Saavedra, who recently starred in our Voices of Spring organ gala, bringing to us a voice of great beauty and a charming personality as well. Those of you who attended Madison Opera’s 2022 Opera in the Park will remember Limmie Pulliam’s show stopping performance of Puccini’s Nessun dorma. This remarkable tenor will join us as well, for a perfect way to start the holiday season.  – John DeMain, Music Director



Traditional French: Angels We Have Heard on High (arr. Mack Wilberg)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 243
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C minor, K.427
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C minor for Piccolo and Orchestra, RV443
John Rutter: Star Carol
César Franck: Panis Angelicus
Adolphe Adam: O Holy Night (arr. Dan Goeller)
Francis Poulenc: Gloria
George Friderick Handel: Hallelujah chorus from Messiah
John Williams: Three Holiday Songs from “Home Alone”
Darby/Simeone: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (arr. William Schoenfeld)
Peter Jaffe: Symph-Hannukah
Amaury Veray Torregrosa: Villancico Yaucano (arr. Scott Gendel)
Tormé/Wells: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Berlin/Thompson: Happy Holiday / It’s the Holiday Season
Leotha Stanley: Special Christmas Love
Leotha Stanley: Christmas Peace
John Wesley Work, Jr.: Go Tell it on the Mountain (arr. Leotha Stanley)

Read the Program Notes


John DeMain, Music Director
Evelyn Saavedra, Soprano
Limmie Pulliam, Tenor
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Mount Zion Gospel Choir, Tamera and Leotha Stanley, Directors
Madison Youth Choirs, Michael Ross, Artistic Director


Enhance Your Concert Experience

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!

Caroling in the Lobby
Join the Madison Symphony Chorus for free caroling in the Overture Hall Lobby 55 minutes before the concert!

Friday: 6:35–7:05 p.m.
Saturday: 7:05–7:35 p.m.
Sunday: 1:35–2:05 p.m.


Such a delightful and wonderful way to initiate the holiday season!
— MSO Patron

Praised for her “lustrous soprano voice,” Cuban-born soprano Evelyn Saavedra is quickly establishing herself as a “gifted young singer to watch.”
— South Florida Classical Review

Limmie Pulliam continues to thrill audiences with his captivating stage presence and his “stentorian, yet beautiful,” sound. Pulliam was recently praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “full-throated vocal power, and intimate lyricism.”

Meet the Performers

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John DeMain, Conductor

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Evelyn Saavedra, Soprano

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Limmie Pulliam, Tenor

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Madison Symphony Chorus

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Mount Zion Gospel Choir

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Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

Major funding provided by

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Richard and Pamela Reese, in memory of Maurice and Arlene Reese


An Anonymous Friend

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Peggy and Tom Pyle


Judith and Nick Topitzes

Additional funding provided by


Flad Architects


Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts


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