Fri., Dec. 13, 2019
Sat., Dec. 14, 2019
Sun., Dec. 15, 2019
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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Program notes will be available in August.
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. Four different choruses and choirs, 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 Hall Organ playing with the MSO. After this concert, you’ll want to celebrate Christmas all year long.” – John DeMain
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 flawless 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
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