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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 NOW through the Overture Center Box Office, 201 State Street

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

Ticket Offer: $10 balcony tickets!

Now through Sunday, April 16, take advantage of a special offer and purchase $10 seats in rows C-O of the Balcony for our April concerts! No promo code is needed. The sound everywhere in Overture Hall is amazing, and the view of the stage is spectacular!

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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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Enhance Your Concert Experience

Free Open Rehearsal
Join the MSO and Blake Pouliot for their final rehearsal together on Thursday, April 13. 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! Registration (free) is required.

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Prelude Discussion
Enjoy a 30-minute talk with Randal Swiggum 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

Sponsor Spotlight Message

Just like the symphony orchestra, when it comes to senior living, Capitol Lakes hits all the right notes! Capitol Lakes is proud to support the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the downtown arts community.
– Capitol Lakes, a resident-centered, not-for-profit retirement community in Madison

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