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The Season

Missa Solemnis

Update, 6/25/2020: Overture has suspended all performances through November 30. Due to Overture Center’s decision, and requirements of the FORWARD DANE Phased Reopening Plan for Dane County, the Madison Symphony Orchestra may need to cancel this performance, or offer an alternative program. Read our press release for more information.

Ticket sales for this performance will resume at a later date. Answers to other questions about subscriptions, renewals, seating, and plans for responding to Overture Center and health guidelines for our upcoming season, can be found on our 20/21 FAQ page. You can also read more about how we’re responding to current events by visiting our Summer 2020 Q&A and Current Schedule pages.

Fri., May 7, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Sat., May 8, 2021
8:00 p.m.

Sun., May 9, 2021
2:30 p.m.

Music Program:
Haydn, Violin Concerto in G major
Beethoven, Missa solemnis

John DeMain
, Conductor
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Alexandra LoBianco, Soprano
Briana Hunter, Mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon, Tenor
Kenneth Kellogg, Bass

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

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

Yes, Mozart was his inspiration, but Haydn was Beethoven’s teacher. Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz performs the Violin Concerto in G major. The season closes with a monumental finale, Missa solemnis. A great work from the height of Beethoven’s composing career, the Missa is one of his supreme achievements and one of the most significant Latin Mass settings ever penned.

The muse, the mass, and the money. The sentiments in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis appeal to humankind’s highest aspirations, but Beethoven’s business dealings with it were decidedly earthbound. He sold the work seven times. While haggling with the publisher Simrock, Beethoven not only hung onto the fee he had received but wrote to six other firms promising the Mass to them. When Simrock wanted their money back, Beethoven promised another Mass, but never got around to writing it.
– Norman Gilliland

About Naha Greenholtz

Naha Greenholtz is concertmaster of both the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Quad city Symphony Orchestra. Additional performance highlights include guest concertmaster appearances with the Oregon Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, National Ballet of Canada, Omaha Symphony, and Memphis Symphony, among many others. She has also held positions with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, joining the latter as Associate Concertmaster. Ms. Greenholtz took over as the concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra in 2011 at the age of 26.

Guest Singers

Alexandra LoBianco




Briana Hunter




Rodrick Dixon




Kenneth Kellogg





Greenholtz’s tone matched perfectly with the orchestra. It was pure magic. – Matt Ambrosio, The Cap Times


Major funding provided by


Rosemarie and Fred Blancke


Skofronick Family Charitable Trust

Additional funding provided by


Chuck Bauer and Chuck Beckwith


Robert Benjamin and John Fields


Colony Brands


Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.


Janet Hyde


Howard Kidd and Margaret Murphy


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