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Britten, Saint-Saëns,
& Brahms

Dazzling Violin & Spring

Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, April 14, 2023
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 15, 2023
8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 16, 2023
2:30 p.m.

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Single tickets $20-$98
On sale August 20, 2022 through the Overture Center Box Office

Canadian virtuoso Blake Pouliot, who dazzled our audience with the Mendelssohn violin concerto, turns his musical acumen to Saint-Saëns’ third violin concerto. Britten’s mesmerizing sea interludes from his operatic masterpiece Peter Grimes opens the program, and another personal favorite of mine, and I hope yours, the second symphony of Brahms, will help usher in the spring. — John DeMain, Music Director



Run Time: 2 hours, plus 20 minute intermission

Benjamin BrittenFour Sea Interludes
Camille Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D major

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Program Notes will be available in August 2022


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


This performance by the violinist [Blake Pouliot] was one of the best I’ve ever seen here. He was terrific.

— MSO subscriber

[ Blake Pouliot ] was incredible… so young and so very talented… a joy to watch and listen to the amazing sounds coming from his instrument.

— MSO Subscriber

Meet the Performers

mso music director john demain

John DeMain, Conducting

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Blake Pouliot, Violin

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Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

Major funding provided by


Scott and Janet Cabot

university research


Kay Schwichtenberg and Herman Baumann


Fred Wileman

Additional funding provided by


The Burish Group at UBS


Rodney Schreiner and Mark Blank

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