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A Madison Symphony Christmas

Update, 6/25/2020: Overture has suspended all performances through November 30. Due to Overture Center’s decision, and requirements of the FORWARD DANE Phased Reopening Plan for Dane County, the Madison Symphony Orchestra has reluctantly canceled this concert. While alternative programming opportunities are considered, the MSO will issue refunds to subscribers for the value of their tickets to this performance. Direct communication to each ticketholder will be sent by the MSO. Read our press release for more information.

Answers to other questions about subscriptions, renewals, seating, and plans for responding to Overture Center and health guidelines for our upcoming season, can be found on our 20/21 FAQ page. You can also read more about how we’re responding to current events by visiting our Summer 2020 Q&A and Current Schedule pages.

Fri., Dec. 4, 2020
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 5, 2020
8:00 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 6, 2020
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
Adriana Zabala, Soprano
Nmon Ford
, Tenor

Read the Program Notes
Program Notes will be available in November.

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

Beginning with caroling in the lobby, and the entire audience singing Christmas carols together for the finale, this beloved annual Madison tradition brings the holiday season to a glorious start! Embrace the spirit of the season with our orchestra, opera stars, and three choruses for a celebration sharing hope and joy with everyone who joins us.

About the Guest Singers

Adriana Zabala
Mezzo soprano Adriana Zabala enjoys a vibrant career that spans performance and recording of new opera, song, and concert works, as well-beloved operatic roles, traditional concert and oratorio works, German Lieder, French Mélodie, and American and Spanish song. In the classic repertoire, Ms. Zabala has recently appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the Mozart Requiem with The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, in Messiah with both the Jacksonville and Phoenix Symphonies, in Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with Quad Cities Symphony and Maestro Mark Russell Smith, and in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Berkshire Choral Festival. Ms. Zabala was raised in Miami, Caracas, Venezuela, and Lake Jackson, Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University, was a Fulbright Scholar in Salzburg, Austria, studying German Lieder at the Mozarteum and earned her masters degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Professor Zabala is a proud member of the voice faculty at the University of Minnesota, where in addition to her thriving studio, she teaches graduate vocal literature, administrates a program of collaboration between the Minnesota Opera and the University of Minnesota

Nmon Ford
Panamanian-American baritone Nmon Ford begins a new chapter this season as the composer and librettist of Orfeus, A House Music Opera, which has its world premiere at London’s Young Vic Theatre in April 2020; he will also sing the title character. Nmon has enjoyed success in increasingly challenging and dramatic repertoire, most recently with London’s English National Opera in his company and role debut as Crown (Porgy and Bess), preceded by his role and festival debut at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival as The Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, Iago (Otello) with the Atlanta Symphony, Jochanaan (Salome) at Pittsburgh Opera, and the Celebrant (MASS) at Salzburg’s Grosse Festspielhaus with the Salzburg Mozarteumorchester. He appeared with the Dallas Sympnony in Vaughn Williams’ Sea Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater in the title role of a new production of Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth, Atlanta Symphony at Carnegie Hall (Brahms’ Requiem), St. Louis Symphony (Carmina Burana), and Milwaukee Symphony (Brahms’ Requiem). After performing Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (ONPL) conducted by John Axelrod, Nmon was immediately re-engaged by the ONPL for Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Fauré’s Requiem.

It was more fabulous than I imagined. Definitely 5 shiny stars!  – MSO Subscriber


Major funding provided by


Richard and Pamela Reese in honor of Maurice and Arlene Reese 


Judith and Nick Topitzes


An Anonymous Friend

Additional funding provided by


Colony Brands, Inc.


J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.


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