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Organ, Brass
& Timpani

Greg Zelek with The Diapason Brass & Timpani

Fri., May 20, 2022
7:30 p.m.

Music Program:
Gigout |
Grand Choeur Dialogue
Rachmaninoff |
Vocalise
Elgar | Pomp and Circumstance
DiLorenzo | Fire Dance
Dinda | Nocturne
Bach | Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Sullivan | The Lost Chord
Guilmant | Final from Symphony No. 1 in D minor

Featuring:
Greg Zelek, Organ
John Aley, Trumpet
Matthew Onstad, Trumpet
Mark Hetzler, Trombone
Linda Kimball, Horn
Joshua Biere, Tuba
John Jutsum
, Timpani

21/22 Overture Concert Organ Season

In my first of many collaborations with fellow Madison musicians, I am excited to perform alongside The Diapason Brass quintet and timpani in a concert that will pair our Mighty Klais with some of the loudest instruments in the orchestra. This program of music written for a variety of pairings will include Gigout’s Grand Choeur Dialogue, a transcription of Rachmaninoff’s famous Vocalise, and an arrangement of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ and timpani. Audiences will enjoy the expressive and fluid partnership of MSO’s Principal Trumpet, John Aley, and the newly appointed trumpet professor at UW LaCrosse, Matthew Onstad; the warm sounds of MSO’s Principal Horn, Linda Kimball; the creative flair of UW Madison’s trombone professor, Mark Hetzler; the thrilling facility of MSO’s Principal Tuba, Josh Biere; and the thunderous rhythm of MSO’s Principal Timpani, John Jutsum. The event will have me pulling out all the stops on our Overture Concert Organ to match the excitement and volume of my colleagues on stage!
– Greg Zelek

Greg is amazing — his playing touches our hearts. – MSO Patron

Zelek is quite extraordinary in the classical music world. – Jon Hornbacher, PBS Wisconsin Life

…the most enjoyable concert I have ever encountered. – Bill Wineke, Channel 3000

John Aley, Trumpet

 

 

 

Matthew Onstad, Trumpet

 

 

 

Linda Kimball, Horn

 

 

 

Mark Hetzler, Trombone

 

 

 

Joshua Biere, Tuba

 

 

 

John Justum, Timpani

 

 

 

 

About Greg Zelek

Praised for his “effortless facility on the instrument” (South Florida Classical Review), Greg Zelek is increasingly recognized as one of the most exciting young organists in the American organ scene. Greg has been the Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ Series since September 2017. Greg holds the Wayne Curtis & Maybelle Slavens Hall and Francis Vincent & Lettie von Kalweit Dunnebacke Curatorship, which is endowed by anonymous friends of the Symphony.
 
In addition to concertizing throughout the United States and with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Greg regularly performs with orchestras as both a soloist and professional ensemble member. In 2017, he performed with the Florida Orchestra and was the featured guest soloist with the Ridgewood Symphony in 2016. Greg was the organist in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2014 production of Faust. He also performed twice that year with the New World Symphony, including in a performance of Lukas Foss’s Phorion under Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2012, Greg played Strauss’s Alpine Symphony with the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall conducted by Semyon Bychkov and performed Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Miami Symphony Orchestra in 2011.
 
A recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship, Greg received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as an Artist Diploma, from the Juilliard School. A native of Miami, Florida, Greg was most recently the Music Director and Organist at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York City. Greg, who is Cuban-American and a native Spanish speaker, became the Music Director and Organist of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Miami at age 15, and has served as the summer organist for San Pedro Apostol Church in Ramales de la Victoria, Spain.

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

William Steffenhagen
Elaine and Nicholas Mischler

 

Greg Zelek is the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Organist and the Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ.

Details

Date:
05/20/2022
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Venue

Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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