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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
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John DeMain
, Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

Program Notes
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Prelude Discussion
Enjoy a 30-minute talk by Randal Swiggum 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.

Please take note: We will adhere to all public safety guidelines and cooperate with Overture Center for your safety. Proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter the building. Masks will be required for the duration of this performance while in Overture Hall. Visit madisonsymphony.org/FAQ for more.

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

Open Rehearsal: Thursday, May 5

You’re invited to join us for our final rehearsal with Garrick Ohlsson on Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m.! The MSO is one of the few orchestras in the nation to welcome the public into select rehearsals, free of charge. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to experience a working symphony in action and be sure to bring the young musicians in your life to see what happens behind the scenes.

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Join us for Club 201 & Out at the Symphony

Join us for two special social gatherings at our May concerts! Connect with young adult classical music lovers at Club 201, and with members of the LGBTQ+ community and friends at Out at the Symphony. Both events include exclusive receptions and opportunities to meet MSO Musicians, Music Director John DeMain, and other special guests. All tickets are $50 and include a Circle-level concert ticket (regular price $74-$98), plus the post-concert reception with hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages. Registration for these events is now closed.

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


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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