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Monumental Moments

Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, October 20, 2023
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 21, 2023
8:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 22, 2023
2:30 p.m.

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Bernstein, Shostakovich & Brahms

We begin with Leonard Bernstein, who was a major influence on Music Director John DeMain’s early life and career. Bernstein had a knack for bringing lighthearted populism into the concert hall. Though written in the late 1940s, Shostakovich’s first concerto makes use of traditional musical forms, including a famous Passacaglia, favored by composers like Bach 200 years earlier. Feared by violinists and loved by audiences, it was a hit from the day it was written and is one of the true masterpieces of the solo violin repertoire. The final work is Brahms’ G minor Piano Quartet, orchestrated by Schoenberg. These will be the MSO’s first ever performances of this remarkable work. Schoenberg took Brahms’ chamber work and transformed it into a kaleidoscope of 20th-century orchestral color, giving virtually every instrument the spotlight. – Kyle Knox, Associate Conductor



Leonard Bernstein, Three Dance Variations from “Fancy Free”
Dmitri Shostakovich,
Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77(99)

Johannes Brahms (orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg),
Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

Program Notes will be available in August 2023.


Kyle Knox, Associate Conductor
Naha Greenholtz, Violin


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[Naha Greenholtz] was exquisite — her beauty of tone nearly brought me to tears.
– MSO patron

I have heard a number of live and recorded orchestra performances led by world-famous conductors. This performance was superb. The conductor [Kyle Knox] was magnificent.
– MSO patron

Meet the Performers

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Kyle Knox, Conductor

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Naha Greenholtz, Violin

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Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation



Major funding provided by


Diane Ballweg


Scott and Janet Cabot

university research

Additional funding provided by


Robert Benjamin and John Fields


Joan Johnston


Ann Lindsey, in memory of Chuck Snowdon

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