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overture concert organ

22/23 Overture Concert
Organ Season

Christopher Houlihan, Organ

Venue: Overture Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022
7:30 p.m.

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Known for his dazzling and imaginative playing, Christopher Houlihan will make his debut at Overture Hall performing Liszt’s towering Fantasy and Fugue on “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam.” Mr. Houlihan will demonstrate his incredible musicianship and artistry in this tour de force. Mr. Houlihan will also perform a work that includes a narrated “tour” of the organ, with variations based on an American folk tune, and I will have the pleasure of narrating as the organ is explored.  – Greg Zelek



J.S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in A minor
Robert Edward Smith, An Introduction to the King of Instruments: Variations on an American Folk Tune
Franz Liszt, Fantasy and Fugue on “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam”

This concert will be performed without an intermission.

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Meet Christopher Houlihan

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mso music director john demain
Organ phenom who has already been called one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists… rising star of the organ world who already has his own fan club.
— Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer

In Mr. Houlihan’s hands, the organ delivered plenty of firepower and juicy, well-blended chords, like a homogeneous string section in a fine symphony orchestra.
— Barbara Jepson, Wall Street Journal

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

Shirley Spade, in memory of Gerald Spade
Walter and Karen Pridham Charitable Fund


Greg Zelek is the Principal Organist and Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ.


Take note. We guarantee a refund for tickets to any concert that cannot be performed for any reason. We will adhere to all public health guidelines and cooperate with Overture Center for the Arts for your safety. Programs, dates, and artists subject to change.

We’re excited to welcome you back to Overture Hall this fall for live in-person performances! We understand you may have questions about safety protocols. Visit our FAQ page for the latest info.


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