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Joyful Reunion — Beethoven’s Ninth: postponed to the 22/23 season

Fri., Sept. 23, 2022
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 24, 2022
8:00 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 25, 2022
2:30 p.m.

Music Program:
MozartOboe Concerto in C major 
Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor

John DeMain
, Conductor
Marc Fink, Oboe
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Laquita Mitchell, Soprano
Kirsten Larson, Mezzo-soprano
Edward Graves, Tenor
Matt Boehler, Bass

Read the Program Notes
Program Notes will be available in August, 2022.

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

Update, 8/30/2021

PLEASE NOTE: We have made the difficult decision to postpone our Joyful Reunion concerts until next season. The current Dane County COVID-19 restrictions are in effect through September 16, well after rehearsals are set to begin for the concerts. The mandate does not allow an exemption for performing artists singing or playing wind instruments without a mask. We deeply regret that we cannot present the original program in our 21/22 season. Learn more in our press release.

We have rescheduled these concerts to open our 22/23 subscription season on September 23, 24 and 25, 2022. All ticketholders for the “Joyful Reunion, Beethoven’s Ninth” concerts will be sent refunds for the value of the tickets they purchased. The MSO will continue its money back guarantee policy for tickets to any concert that does not take place as planned. The safety of audiences, musicians, guest artists and its staff is paramount. Overture Center for the Arts requirements and health guidelines will be monitored by MSO throughout the season. Refunds will be put back onto the debit/credit card used for payment. Purchases with a cash or check will receive a gift check for the ticket value. Purchases made with a gift certificate will receive a new gift certificate

Please join us for a new program, String Spirit, on September 24 and 25, 2021. This special program is designed with instrumentation that can be performed within the requirements that are currently in effect. “String Spirit” features MSO’s Rhapsodie Quartet in Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, and continues with Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings in G minor featuring MSO’s Principal Organist Greg Zelek. Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Serenade for Strings in C major will close the program. Learn more.

We can’t imagine a more exciting way to reunite with you, John DeMain, and our musicians for a true expression of joy when we come together for a thrilling return to live classical music in Overture Hall. Experience Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, one of the most iconic masterpieces of all time that celebrates the freedom and triumph of the human spirit over adversity — bringing to life its “Ode to Joy” — with more meaning now than ever before. We open this special program honoring the brilliant tenure of our principal oboist Marc Fink with the Oboe Concerto by Mozart, who was Beethoven’s compositional inspiration.

We invite you to join us for one of the three performances — welcoming you back to a return to life and the joy of live music.


About Marc Fink

Marc Fink has been the Principal Oboist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra for 32 years and was a professor at UW–Madison for 40 years. Fink’s career has taken him around the world, including tours of the North Slope of Alaska with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra; the South Bohemian Music Festival in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic; the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires; and the Kremlin Kazan International Festival in Kazan, Russia. He has recorded with the Pro Arte Quartet, the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra, and with the Wingra Quartet. His former students are active in the professional world, in both orchestral and teaching positions, and he served as former president of the International Double Reed Society, an organization of more than 4,000 double reed enthusiasts all over the world. Mr. Fink’s principal teachers have been Jerry Sirucek, Ray Still, Robert Mayer and Marcel Moyse.

About the Guest Singers

Laquita Mitchell
Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim on eminent international opera and concert stages worldwide. In her compelling début as Bess in Porgy and Bess with the San Francisco Opera, Opera News said “Laquita Mitchell, in her first outing as Bess, dazzled the SFO [San Francisco Opera] audience with her purity of tone and vivid theatrical presence.” Ms. Mitchell performed the soprano soloist in the world première of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road at Carnegie Hall with Oratorio Society of New York which was nominated for a 2021 Grammy for Best Choral Performance. Additional recent performances include the title role in Tom Cipullo’s Josephine with Opera Colorado, as well as The Promise of Living, a concert program conceived by Ms. Mitchell, Bess in Porgy and Bess with Grange Park Opera in the UK, Lithuanian State Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony, a reprisal of Sanctuary Road with the Columbus Symphony, a Gala Concert for Colorado Symphony, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer 1915 with the Augusta Symphony.

Kirsten Larson
Kirsten Larson is a lyric mezzo-soprano based in Madison, WI. She frequently performs operatic, musical theatre, and concert stages, both in choral groups and as a soloist. During the 2019-20 season, Ms. Larson was the Studio Artist with the Madison Opera. With a wide range and vocal flexibility, she has performed a variety of operatic and musical theatre roles such as Alisa, Lucia di Lammermoor; Third Wood Sprite, Rusalka; ​Fox, The Cunning Little Vixen; Lola, Cavalleria Rusticana; Third Spirit, The Magic Flute; and Flora, La Traviata; among others.

Edward Graves
Edward Graves was the 2019-2020 Studio Artist at the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, covering Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, singing Rinuccio in a double bill of Puccini’s Gianna Schicchi and Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost. Edward received an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Wisconsin District in 2017. That same year he was a 2017 Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival where he sang the role of Peter and covered the role of Robbins in Porgy and Bess and sang the role of Fred in Oklahoma! He received his Performer Diploma and Master of Music in Voice Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where he studied with Patricia Havranek. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Towson University as a student of Aaron Sheehan.

Matt Boehler
Hailed by The New York Times as “a bass with an attitude and the goods to back it up,” Matt Boehler is a singer equally at home on the international opera stage as well as the concert platform. He has appeared as a principal artist with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Theater St. Gallen, and Canadian Opera Company, as well as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the New York Festival of Song, among many others. Frequently in demand as a collaborator and interpreter of new music, Matt’s discography features many world premieres. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, he trained as an actor at Viterbo College, an opera singer at Juilliard, and as a composer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

That the MSO is such a superb ensemble is clear, and the display of members who are of superlative solo quality helps us understand why.

– John Barker, Isthmus


Major funding provided by


Louise and Ernest Borden


David and Kato Perlman

Additional funding provided by


Martha and Charles Casey


Barbara Melchert and Gale Meyer

with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts


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Overture Center for the Arts
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Madison, WI 53703 United States