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the season…

Fri., Dec. 13, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 14, 2019
8:00 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 15, 2019
2:30 p.m.

John DeMain, Conductor
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Mount Zion Gospel Choir, Leotha and Tamera Stanley, Directors
Madison Youth Choirs, Michael Ross, Artistic Director
Mackenzie Whitney, Tenor
Michelle Johnson, Soprano

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50 minutes before each concert to share the spirit of the holiday season singing carols along with our Madison Symphony Chorus!

This beloved annual tradition embraces the season with Christmas classics and enchanting new music featuring the orchestra, three choruses and opera stars. From caroling in the lobby, to the final sing-along, you will be energized with holiday spirit when you emerge from this concert.

“What? You’ve never been to the Madison Symphony’s Christmas extravaganza? Then you don’t know what you are missing. This is the biggest celebration of the season in Madison and beyond. Three different choruses, great soloists from the orchestra, the world of opera and Broadway, the huge Madison Symphony Orchestra playing your favorite Christmas music, and a great carol sing-along featuring the Overture Concert Organ playing with the MSO. After this concert, you’ll want to celebrate Christmas all year long.” – John DeMain


Buy single tickets

Overture Center Box Office
201 State St.
Single Tickets: (608) 258-4141
Ticket Office Hours:
Mon. – Fri., 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Additional hours on Sunday event days.

About Mackenzie Whitney
Mackenzie Whitney is originally from Janesville, Iowa and is gaining recognition nationwide for his expressive lyric tenor voice. He studies with Bill Schuman at the Academy of Vocal Arts where he received his Artist Diploma. He most recently performed with Madison Opera in the role of Rodolfo in La bohème. In the 2017-2018 season, he made debuts with San Diego Opera as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Annapolis Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata, returned to Madison Opera as Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas, and joined the Glyndebourne Festival as the cover of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. The 2018-2019 season saw the revival of his Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Intermountain Opera, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Pensacola Opera, and joining the Great Falls Symphony in concert.

About Michelle Johnson
Soprano Michelle Johnson has been praised for her “extraordinary breath control and flawle​ss articulation. Her voice is velvety and pliant – a dulcet dream.” Recent debuts include performances with Opera Columbus, Knoxville Opera and Opera Idaho singing the title role of Aida, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra singing Verdi’s Requiem and Madison Opera singing Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. ​A graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, she was seen as the title role in Suor Angelica, Leonora in Oberto, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the Countess in Capriccio, and Alice Ford in Falstaff.  Winner of numerous competitions, most notably Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation and the Giulio Gari Foundation.

What a heartwarming experience! The musicians continue to be incredible, the soloists were entertaining and talented, the choirs sang beautifully and the conductor’s skill, humility and sense of humor is, as usual, amazing.  – MSO Subscriber


Major funding provided by


John W. Thompson and Jane A. Bartell Charitable Foundation


Maurice and Arlene Reese Family Foundation


Judith and Nick Topitzes


An Anonymous Friend

Additional funding provided by


Colony Brands


J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.


Flad Architects




Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

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


Nedrebo’s Formalwear applauds John DeMain and the fine musicians of the Madison Symphony Orchestra as they continue to entertain, inspire and engage the Madison community.

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As an annual contributor to the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO), the Hooper Foundation/General Heating & Air Conditioning believes in the importance of funding Madison’s arts scene. In addition to its performances at the Overture Center for the Arts, the MSO enriches the Madison community through healthcare facility visits, involvement with area schools, open dress rehearsals, and free educational events. Through this additional outreach, MSO reaches individuals who may otherwise be unable to participate in the arts.

Hooper Foundation/General Heating & Air Conditioning


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