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Barber, Strauss, 
& Mendelssohn

Sublime Violin & Journeys

Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, Oct. 14, 2022
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022
2:30 p.m.

Buy Single Tickets
Single tickets $20-$98
on sale NOW through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State St., by phone (608) 258-4141, or online.

I cannot imagine the Barber Violin Concerto more beautifully played than what we anticipate from James Ehnes. Mendelssohn takes us on a Scottish journey with his great third symphony and Strauss’ great tone poem will take us on a spiritual journey as well. Three major works on the same program!  – John DeMain, Music Director



Run Time: 2 hours, plus 20 minute intermission

Richard StraussDeath and Transfiguration
Samuel Barber, Violin Concerto
Felix Mendelssohn
, Symphony No. 3 in A minor

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Prelude Discussion
Enjoy a 30-minute talk with Randal Swiggum starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.


…the interplay between Mr. DeMain and Mr. Ehnes was truly an aural and visual delight.

— MSO Subscriber

A violinist in a class of his own.

— The Times

I was awestruck by James Ehnes’ ability! The encore left me breathless.

— MSO Subscriber

Meet the Performers

mso music director john demain

John DeMain, Conducting

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James Ehnes, Violin

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Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Marvin J. Levy

Major funding provided by

Madison Magazine


Rosemarie and Fred Blancke


Martha and Charles Casey


Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc.

Additional funding provided by


James and Joan Johnston


Steinhilber Swanson LLP

with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts

Take note. We guarantee a refund for tickets to any concert that cannot be performed for any reason. We will adhere to all public health guidelines and cooperate with Overture Center for the Arts for your safety. Programs, dates, and artists subject to change.

We’re excited to welcome you back to Overture Hall this fall for live in-person performances! We understand you may have questions about safety protocols. Visit our FAQ page for the latest info.


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