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Garrick Ohlsson
and Beethoven

His Greatest Hits

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 may need to cancel this performance, or offer an alternative program. Read our press release for more information.

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Fri., Mar. 12, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 13, 2021
8:00 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 14, 2021
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

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

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.

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 rangers over 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 will be performed in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Los Angeles, London and will culminate in Tanglewood in summer of 2020. Mr. Ohlsson previous performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in 2008, 2012, and 2016.

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


Presenting Sponsor

Myrna Larson


Major funding provided by


Stephen D. Morton


Irving and Dorothy Levy Family Foundation, Inc.

Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc.

Scott and Janet Cabot

David and Kato Perlman


Fred A. Wileman

Additional funding provided by


Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

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