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may 9-11


Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, May 9, 2025
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 10, 2025
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 11, 2025
2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15-$104

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Our 99th season finale opens with Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, pulsing with Caribbean rhythms from dance music he fell in love with on a vacation to Havana. Beloved pianist Philippe Bianconi returns for his seventh appearance performing Gershwin’s masterpiece Concerto in F. Our maestro John DeMain has conducted more than 400 performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess throughout the world. He led a history-making production with the Houston Grand Opera, winning a Grammy Award, Tony Award, and France’s Grand Prix de Disque for the RCA recording. He brings Michelle Johnson, Eric Greene, and our Madison Symphony Chorus together to share his passion for this iconic work to close the season!

John DeMain, Conductor
Philippe Bianconi, Piano
Michelle Johnson, Soprano
Eric Greene, Baritone
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director


George Gershwin, Cuban Overture 

George Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F Major 

George Gershwin/Robert Russell Bennett, Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs

Gershwin’s beloved opera combines jazz, Broadway, and classical as we present highlights from this moving and heartfelt love story — Porgy and Bess.  – John DeMain

Philippe Bianconi was amazing in his tone, speed, endurance, and timing with the orchestra!  – MSO Patron

Ms. Johnson’s voice never forces its play, it sounds through its appearance a moment with all of its possibilities, always in company with the orchestra, never without.  – The Chautauquan Daily

Greene inhabits the relatively compact space to draw in the audience in the most interior moments, while also impressing with his rich, engulfing tone.  – The Stage

Meet the Artists

mso music director john demain

John DeMain, Conductor

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mso music director john demain

Madison Symphony Chorus
Beverly Taylor, Director

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mso music director john demain

Philippe Bianconi, Piano

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mso music director john demain

Eric Greene, Baritone

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mso music director john demain

Michelle Johnson, Soprano

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Major Sponsors

Madison Magazine


Fred A. Wileman


Diane Ballweg

Additional Sponsors


Carla and Fernando Alvarado



Mary Lang Sollinger


Ann Lindsey, in memory of Chuck Snowdon



Dr. Thomas and Leslie France


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