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A Madison Symphony Christmas

November 30, 2018 - December 2, 2018

Fri., Nov. 30, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 1, 2018
8:00 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 2, 2018
2:30 p.m.

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Music Program:
Traditional | Angels We Have Heard on High

Handel | Messiah, For Unto Us a Child is Born

Bach | Christmas Oratorio, Grosser Herr, O starker König

Bach | Concerto in D minor for Two Violins and Orchestra, Largo, ma non tanto

John Rutter | Angel’s Carol

Pietro Yon | Gesù Bambino

Mozart | Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Laudate Dominum

Schubert | Mass No.5 in A-flat Major, excerpts from the Gloria

Handel | Messiah, Hallelujah

Mack Wilberg | A Christmas Roundelay

Michael W. Smith | All is Well

Luke Waddinge | Sussex Carol

Hugo Blanco | Mi burrito sabanero

Martin/Blane | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Coots/Gillespie | Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Leotha Stanley | 4 is for Christmas Joy

Traditional | God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Adolphe Adam | O Holy Night

John DeMain, Conductor
Cecilia Violetta López, Soprano
Kyle Ketelsen, Baritone
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Madison Youth Choirs, Michael Ross, Artistic Director
Mount Zion Gospel Choir, Tamera and Leotha Stanley, Directors

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

Our annual Christmas concert has become a very meaningful experience for everyone involved — the choruses, Orchestra musicians, singers, and the audience. With the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir, Madison Youth Choirs, and Madison Symphony Chorus joining our internationally-acclaimed opera singers, and climaxing with the entire audience participating in our Christmas carol sing along — one cannot help but leave the Hall with a feeling that the holiday season has begun. And hopefully, you will have a big glow in your heart.  – John DeMain 

About Cecilia Violetta López
Celebrated soprano, Cecilia Violetta López, has been named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News. Ms. Lopez has received accolades for her signature role of Violetta in La traviata, which she has performed countless times throughout North America. Her début of the role was with Martina Arroyo Foundation’s prestigious summer festival, Prelude to Performance. She has also performed the role with Opera Tampa, Opera Idaho, Ash Lawn Opera, and in her company début with Virginia Opera. Ms. López also recently made her European début as Norina in Don Pasquale with Zomeropera in Belgium.

About Kyle Ketelsen
Kyle Ketelsen is in regular demand by the world’s leading opera companies and orchestras for his vibrant and handsome stage presence and his distinctive vocalism. He has won first prize in several international vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation (Career Grant), the George London Foundation, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, the Sullivan Foundation, Opera Index, and the MacAllister Awards. Highlights of Mr. Ketelsen’s recent seasons include performances at the Opernhaus Zurich, Staatsoper Berlin, Minnesota Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as performances with the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony and performances at Carnegie Hall.

“We really look forward as a family to this magical event. The symphony, chorus and choirs do such a great job each year, not only with the Christmas classics that we love so much, but also with enchanting new music. We all leave feeling totally energized with the holiday spirit!”
– MSO Subscriber

Online, or visit or call the Overture Center Box Office, 201 State St., (608) 258-4141

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Major funding provided by:

Maurice and Arlene Reese Family Foundation

Judith and Nick Topitzes

An Anonymous Friend

Additional funding provided by:

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


American Printing is proud to support the Madison Symphony Orchestra. High-caliber concert performances, innovative education and community engagement make the MSO an asset to Madison’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Congratulations to the Symphony on another exciting season!

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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 education events. Through this additional outreach, MSO reaches individuals who may otherwise be unable to participate in the arts.

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BMO Harris Bank is proud to be a sponsor of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and wishes them many years of success.

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Overture Center for the Arts
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Madison, WI 53703
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