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sept 20-22


Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, Sept. 20, 2024
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2024
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2024
2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15-$104

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Umoja, the Swahili word for “unity” and the first principle of the African holiday Kwanzaa, is a beautiful way to bring us together again. We begin our 99th season journey with a work of the same name by African-American composer Valerie Coleman. Our Principal Organist, Greg Zelek, plays one of the great works for organ and orchestra, Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante. Tommy Mesa thrilled audiences with Greg on our organ series program and again as a soloist with the Symphony. He returns to perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Our first concert of the season wraps up with a suite from Manuel de Falla’s colorful, Spanish-flavored ballet, The Three-Cornered Hat.

John DeMain, Conductor
Tommy Mesa, Cello
Greg Zelek, Organ


Valerie Coleman, Umoja: Anthem of Unity*

Joseph Jongen, Symphonie Concertante, Op. 81   

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Manuel de Falla, Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat

*MSO Premiere

Symphonie Concertante by Jongen is perhaps the greatest work ever written for organ and orchestra and a great way to celebrate MSO’s Overture Concert Organ’s inaugural concert 20 years ago.  – John DeMain

Mr. Mesa’s playing had a musical intensity that was commanding in every detail…  – New York Concert Review

Coleman’s Umoja is a powerful and beautiful anthem for the world as it is today.  – John DeMain

Greg Zelek’s enthusiasm, warmth, and exceptional musicianship was most compelling. He really connected with the audience and made us feel a part of his family…  – MSO Patron

Meet the Artists

mso music director john demain

John DeMain, Conductor

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mso music director john demain

Tommy Mesa, Cello

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mso music director john demain

Greg Zelek, Organ

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mso music director john demain

Valerie Coleman, Composer

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Presenting Sponsor

Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation

Major Sponsors


Jane Hamblen and Robert F. Lemanske


Elaine and Nicholas Mischler



John and Twila Sheskey Charitable Fund, in memory of Jennie Biel Sheskey


Diane Ballweg

Additional Sponsors


Reynold V. Peterson


Fredrick and Karen Schrank

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