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nov 15-17


Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, Nov, 15, 2024
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2024
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2024
2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15-$104

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We begin with Michael Stern making his MSO debut as guest conductor leading Jonathan Leshnoff’s Rush for Orchestra, a driving and exciting work that builds a tremendous amount of energy throughout. Garrick Ohlsson, an audience and orchestra favorite, makes his eighth appearance with us performing Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, a romantic masterpiece infused with the spirit of his Norwegian homeland. Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5, which he humbly described as “the practical answer of a Soviet artist to justified criticism” in a subtle and bitter reaction to the Russia of Joseph Stalin, brings this concert to a close.

Michael Stern, Guest Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, Piano


Jonathan Leshnoff, Rush for Orchestra* 

Edvard Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 

Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

*MSO Premiere

Stern is a dynamic force on the podium, conducting with exaggerated gestures and forceful mannerisms, truly exerting all his energy during the performance.  – The Atlanta Journal

I was moved to tears by the end of the performance! So beautiful.  – MSO Patron

Garrick Ohlsson’s subtle expressive touch . . . spellbinding!  – MSO Patron

Garrick Ohlsson’s mastery could only be described as “sublime.”  – MSO Patron

Meet the Artists

mso music director john demain

Michael Stern, Guest Conductor

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mso music director john demain

Gerrick Ohlsson, Piano

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mso music director john demain

Jonathan Leshnoff, Composer

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Presenting Sponsor

Myrna Larson

Major Sponsors

Irving and Dorothy Levy Family Foundation, Inc.

Stephen D. Morton

Fred Mohs, in memory of Mary Mohs

Additional Sponsors


Ronald J. and Janet E. Johnson


Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc.

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