Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Organ, Brass
& Timpani

Greg Zelek with The Diapason Brass & Timpani

Tues., May 5, 2020
7:30 p.m.

Music Program:
| Fanfare and Toccata
Rachmaninoff | Vocalise
Hillert | Three Pieces for Brass, Organ, and Timpani
Gigout | Grand Choeur Dialogue
DiLorenzo | Fire Dance
Bach | Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Dinda | Nocturne
Weaver | Toccata
Wagner | Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin
Guilmant | Final from Symphony No. 1 in D minor

Greg Zelek, Organ
John Aley, Trumpet
Matthew Onstad, Trumpet
Mark Hetzler, Trombone
Joanna Schulz, Horn
Joshua Biere, Tuba
John Jutsum
, Timpani


In March, we announced the postponement of our Organ Performance that was planned to take place on May 5, 2020. Our hope was to reschedule the event to this fall. Unfortunately due to Overture Center for the Arts’ suspension of performances through November 2020, and the Dane County “Forward Dane” reopening plan, we are unable schedule the postponed event at this time. We expect to present this performance as part of our 2021–2022 Organ Season.

We are in the planning stages for presenting a new series of 20/21 MSO Overture Concert Organ Perfomances for this fall and the spring of 2021. Priority seating will continue to be honored for subscribers for upcoming performances.

We’re continuing to closely monitor information and guidelines coming from local, state and federal health officials, and will post updates on our website. The latest information about organ programs can be found at madisonsymphony.com/organ.

In this sound spectacular, we introduce The Diapason Brass & Timpani. The combined sonority of these six outstanding artists will complement the already highly varied tonal range of the Mighty Klais, charging this exciting repertoire with extraordinary brilliance. This unique program of music written for a variety of pairings will include Gigout’s Grand Choeur Dialogue, a  transcription of Rachmaninoff’s famous Vocalise performed on horn, and an arrangement of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ and timpani. The event will have me pulling out all the stops on our great Overture Concert Organ to match the excitement and volume of my colleagues on stage!
– Greg Zelek

John Aley, Trumpet




Matthew Onstad, Trumpet




Joanna Schulz, Horn




Mark Hetzler, Trombone




Joshua Biere, Tuba




John Justum, Timpani




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

Overture Center Box Office
201 State St.
Single Tickets: (608) 258-4141
Ticket Office Hours:
Mon. – Fri., 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Additional hours on Sunday event days.

About Greg Zelek

Praised for his “effortless facility on the instrument” (South Florida Classical Review), Greg Zelek (26) 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.


William Steffenhagen
Elaine and Nicholas Mischler


Event Categories:


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