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American Rhapsody

Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, September 22, 2023
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 23, 2023
8:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 24, 2023
2:30 p.m.

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Copland, Gershwin, Adams & Hanson

This all-American concert features four composers whose music I’ve so enjoyed both conducting and listening to over the years. Copland’s Appalachian Spring is such a beloved work and distinctly American in character. Rhapsody in Blue is a piece I performed with orchestras years ago and is a perennial favorite. The Chairman Dances was a prequel to John Adams’ opera Nixon in China, of which I had the privilege to conduct the world premiere performance. Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 (Romantic) is way overdue for the MSO and our audiences to experience. In fact, I have received many requests to perform this work of great beauty and passion. And, of course, you won’t want to miss the MSO debut of the sensational pianist Terrence Wilson.  – John DeMain, Music Director



Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring
George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue
John Adams, The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra
Howard Hanson, Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 “Romantic”

Program Notes will be available in August 2023.


John DeMain, Music Director
Terrence Wilson, Piano


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John DeMain. I marvel at John’s knowledge of the music and his amazing energy on the podium. What a Madison treasure. We are so blessed to have John in our midst.
– MSO patron

The pianist [Terrence Wilson] is in command from the start, setting the tone and the pace and the emotional mood.
– Hartford Courant

Meet the Performers

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John DeMain, Conducting

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Terrence Wilson, Piano

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Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Marvin J. Levy


Major funding provided by


Myrna Larson


Stephen D. Morton

university research

Elaine and Nicholas Mischler


Nancy Mohs

Additional funding provided by

Dr. Thomas and Leslie France

Melinda V. Heinritz, in loving memory of Alicia L. Goehring

von Briesen & Roper, 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