Venue: Bishops Bay Country Club
Monday, June 19, 2023
Golf Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
Golf Start: 11:00 a.m.
Cocktail Party: 4:45 p.m.
Concert: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
All proceeds of Concert on the Green support the MSO’s Education and Community Engagement Programs. Make an additional contribution using the button above and it will be matched, up to $5,000, thanks to An Anonymous Friend. This means your donation will be doubled! Help us meet the $5,000 match! (Note: Sweepstakes tickets do not count towards the matching gift opportunity.)
You’re invited to join us Monday, June 19 at Bishops Bay Country Club! Play in the golf tournament and have your photo taken with Mike Leckrone, UW Band Director emeritus, who once again joins our event as celebrity guest. Plus, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the concert, followed by dinner. MSO’s dynamic Associate Conductor, Kyle Knox will lead the orchestra, and Professor Leckrone will guest conduct one piece. In celebration of Juneteenth, the Let Freedom Ring concert will feature selections by African American composers Florence Price and William Grant Still, plus Aaron Copland and Antonín Dvořák. Amelia Zitoun, winner of the MSO’s Bolz Young Artist Competition will also perform a dazzling solo with the orchestra.
Antonín Dvořák, American Suite in A major, Op. 98b, B. 190
Antonín Dvořák, Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94
Arr. Stanley, Let There be Peace on Earth
Florence Price, Symphony No. 1
Giuseppe Verdi, Overture to La forza del destino
William Grant Still, Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American”
Aaron Copland, Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Kyle Knox, Conducting
Mike Leckrone, Guest Conductor
Amelia Zitoun, Cello
Tamera and Leotha Stanley, Guest Artists
Satisfy your senses! The immaculate grounds of Bishops Bay overlooking Lake Mendota set the stage for an enchanting cocktail party complete with hors d’oeuvres. Relax and enjoy your old and new friendships with a delicious array of passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chef at Bishops Bay, and your favorite drinks at a cash bar.
Have a seat in our airy lakeside tent for a concert of light classics performed by members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kyle Knox. Professor Leckrone will also make an appearance as guest conductor.
You’ll enjoy an elegant dinner, served by the exceptional staff at Bishops Bay. After dinner, adjourn to the Club House for after-dinner drinks and more conversation.
Meat Option (gluten-free): Chimichurri Sirloin and Lemon Rosemary Chicken Skewers, Quinoa Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Parsley, Mint, Feta and Tzatziki Sauce, and Grilled Eggplant, Yellow Squash and Zucchini with Balsamic vinaigrette
Vegetarian Option (gluten-free): Falafels with Tabouli Salad, Hummus and Tzatziki Sauce
Regrettably, modifications or changes to the above cannot be accommodated.
Madison Club Membership for One Year
4 Nights at Sunset Nook Cottage in Green Lake
Dinner and Wine for 8 with Chef Dave Heide
MSO 23/24 Season Prime Tickets
Wisconsin Sports Memorabilia
Le Personnel Chef Services
Blackhawk Country Club Golf Foursome with Carts
Two Tickets to Maestro DeMain’s 30th Anniversary Gala
Pearl and Banded Agate Necklace from Goodman Jewelers
All golfers can have their photo taken with our special celebrity guest, Mike Leckrone, Director of the UW–Madison Marching Band from 1969 to 2019! Participate in the optional daytime golf tournament (scramble format). Bishops Bay recently completed a comprehensive redesign and update of its golf course, including an 18th hole totally changed to reward golfers with a view of Lake Mendota at all tees. Play for a chance to win prizes with your team, or as an individual golfer! Prizes include a chance to win a car in the Hole-in-One contest.
Concert on the Green is the MSOL’s most successful fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the Education and Community Engagement Programs of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. These award-winning programs serve 25,000 people annually, ranging from elementary school children who discover the joy of music at the Symphony’s youth concerts, to seniors facing health challenges who experience the beauty and healing power of music played by a professional string quartet in their places of residence.
What if it rains?
In the event of rain, the cocktail party, concert, and picnic will proceed as scheduled in the shelter of our lakeside tent. Golfers who are signed up and paid can play at their convenience at Bishops Bay.
All photos by Anya Kubilus
An Anonymous Friend
Richard and Pamela Reese
Dan and Patty Schultz
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Two Anonymous Friends
Michael Leckrone is the former Director of the Marching Band and Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin. A native of Indiana, Mr. Leckrone received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Butler University in Indianapolis and has continued his studies at the doctoral level at Indiana University. Before coming to Wisconsin he taught at his alma mater, where he developed one of the finest marching bands in the Midwest. He is in constant demand as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator for concert and marching bands throughout the United States and Canada, and his experience also includes considerable professional work as an arranger, composer and performer.
Amelia Zitoun, 17, was the winner of The Final Forte 2023. She is a scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college students. She has been a student there since 2019. She currently studies cello with Hans Jensen. In October of 2022, Amelia played the Barber Cello Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on their Family Concert and Youth Performance Series. Earlier this year, Amelia was the winner of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Stars of Tomorrow Competition. She was also a winner of the 2022 Civic Music Association of Milwaukee’s High School Competition. Amelia is also a finalist in NPR’s “From the Top”, a radio show that showcases the stories, music, and talents of young classical musicians. In 2021, Amelia won First Prize in the Schubert Club Competition. In 2020 she was a winner of the DePaul Concerto Competition, performing the Kabalevsky Concerto with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra.
Amelia is also an active chamber musician. In 2022, as a member of the Hermes Piano Trio, she competed in the Quarterfinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In 2020, as a member of the Aurora Piano Quartet, her group won First Prize in the Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition, as well as advancing to the Quarterfinals in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
This past summer Amelia attended the 2022 Heifetz International Music Institute, in Staunton, VA, as well as the Moulin d’Ande Cello Festival in France, where she studied with Jerome Pernoo (Paris Conservatory). In the summer of 2019 she attended the International Academy of Music in Nice, France, where she studied cello with Xavier Phillips, and chamber music with the Trio Wanderer.
Amelia has been featured on WFMT: Introductions, as a member of both the Aurora Piano Quartet, and the Celeste String Quartet. Before studying with Mr. Jensen, Amelia studied with Horacio Contreras for four years. Amelia has had the honor of playing for David Finckel, Lluis Claret, Richard Aaron, Steven Doane, Clara Kim, Astrid Schween, Julian Schwarz, Amir Eldan, Brandon Vamos, Vladimir Perlin, Anthony Elliot, Jesús Castro-Balbi, Yvan Chiffoleau, Tanya Carey, and Marie-Françoise Bloch.
Leotha (Lee) and Tamera Stanley are the directors of the Mt Zion Gospel Choir, known for its ability to infuse traditional gospel harmonies with vigor, joy, and inspiration. With a reputation as one of the best gospel choirs in Wisconsin, the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir have wowed Madison residents for decades with their vocal precision and exuberant style. The choir has been a beloved featured guest of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas concerts for 17 years. The choir has also appeared recently with the UW-Madison Marching Band, in a concert for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and in tours in both Germany and France. They have sung with music legends Michael Bolton, Yolanda Adams, Lyle Lovett, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Leotha began playing piano and drums at age five and became the pianist at his neighborhood church in Milwaukee at age thirteen. Lee graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1978 with a degree in education, where he started a gospel choir and released an album of original songs several years later.