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Garrick Ohlsson
and Beethoven

His Greatest Hits

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Fri., May 6, 2022
7:30 p.m.

Sat., May 7, 2022
8:00 p.m.

Sun., May 8, 2022
2:30 p.m.

Music Program:
Beethoven, Egmont Overture
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, “Emperor”
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C minor

John DeMain
, Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

Program Notes
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Prelude Discussion
Enjoy a 30-minute talk starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.

An all-Beethoven concert for the ages, charged with the energy and invention of the master’s Heroic Period and the spectacular pianism of a towering artist of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess.

Tickets $20–$98

Bold strokes. During a performance of one of his piano concertos, Beethoven got so carried away with conducting that he flung his arms wide and knocked the candlesticks off the keyboard. Two choirboys were drafted to hold the candlesticks out of harm’s way. At a loud passage, out went Beethoven’s arm, knocking one of the choirboys in the mouth and making him drop his candlestick. The other choirboy ducked, much to the delight of the audience.
– Norman Gilliland

About Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson has been a commanding presence in the world of piano since winning the Chopin International Piano Competition in 1970. Known for his masterly interpretations of Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson has over 80 concertos in his repertoire, including several commissioned for him. He commands an enormous repertoire, which spans the entire piano literature and includes performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and the Romantic repertoire. In the 2018-19 season, he launched a new project exploring the complete solo piano works of Brahms in four different programs spread over two seasons. The cycle is to be performed in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Los Angeles, London and Tanglewood. Mr. Ohlsson previously performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in 2008, 2012, and 2016.

DeMain pulls a glorious sound spectacle from his inspired players. – John Barker, Isthmus


Health and Safety Information

○ Overture Center’s Health Protocols: All who enter the Overture Center building must wear a face mask and show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. Patrons not vaccinated, including children under age 12, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from within 72 hours prior to the performance. Please visit overture.org/health for more information on masks, vaccination proof, negative COVID test criteria, and more.

○ New Overture Security Measures: Overture will be utilizing new walk-through security screening technology that you will be required to move through on arrival. This should eliminate lines and allow foot traffic to quickly flow into the spaces. Additionally, large bags and backpacks are prohibited from entering the theater and can be checked after being inspected. For your convenience, we suggest you make other arrangements for these items before arriving. Visit overture.org/security for more information on these policies.

○ Read MSO’s Health and Safety FAQs: More information about our ticket policies, concessions, and answers to other frequently asked questions can be found at madisonsymphony.org/faq. Programs, dates, and artists subject to change.


Presenting Sponsor

Myrna Larson


Major funding provided by

Stephen D. Morton

Diane Ballweg

Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc.

Scott and Janet Cabot

David and Kato Perlman

Fred A. Wileman

Additional funding provided by

Chuck Bauer and Chuck Beckwith

Ronald J. and Janet E. Johnson

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

Sponsor Spotlight Message:

NBC 15 is proud to support the Madison Symphony Orchestra! We are thrilled to be part of such a wonderful community who appreciates the musical arts.

Hamburg Steinway — a special thanks to Peter Livingston and Sharon Stark

Our magnificent Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano is used for performances in Overture Hall. The instrument was a gift to the Madison Symphony Orchestra from Peter Livingston and Sharon Stark in memory of Peter’s mother, Magdalena Friedman.


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