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The Perfect Pair: Mozart & Mahler

Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, January 19, 2024
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 20, 2024
8:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 21, 2024
2:30 p.m.

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This month, I not only continue to celebrate my 30th anniversary season, but I celebrate a milestone birthday. I have chosen two desert island favorites of mine for the occasion and invite you to come celebrate with me. Joyce Yang played so wonderfully a few seasons ago, that I wanted to bring her back immediately. She will play one of the great piano concertos of Mozart. Mozart is considered the perfect pairing with Gustav Mahler, so I have done just that. Mahler’s great fifth symphony, with its famous Adagietto movement extracted for the movie Death in Venice, is a colossal work for a very large orchestra. The Adagietto movement is scored only for harp and strings and is of exquisite beauty. This will be the MSO’s second performance of this masterwork. Treat yourself to the sonic experience of a Mahler symphony and the sublime perfection of a Mozart piano concerto.  – John DeMain, Music Director



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5

Program Notes will be available in August 2023.


John DeMain, Music Director
Joyce Yang, Piano


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Ms. Yang’s performance was sensational.

– MSO patron

Her attention to detail and clarity is as impressive as her agility, balance and velocity.

– Washington Post

Joyce was astounding and a great performer. We really enjoyed the emotion she put into her performance.

– MSO patron

Meet the Performers

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John DeMain, Conductor

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Joyce Yang, Piano

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Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Myrna Larson


Major funding provided by


Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc.


Fred Mohs, in memory of Mary Mohs

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David and Kato Perlman


Cyrena and Lee Pondrom


Fred A. Wileman

Additional funding provided by

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