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2022 Symphony Gala

Friday, Sept. 9
Madison Concourse Hotel

Thanks to everyone who is supporting us by participating in the 2022 Symphony Gala. Registration is now closed. If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please email , or call the registrar (608) 845-7777.

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League’s 2022 Symphony Gala in support of the MSO’s Education and Community Engagement Programs, will take place at the Madison Concourse Hotel. The John DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music will be presented to Judy Topitzes.


6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar with music by The Honey Pies
Musical performances by Final Forte Winner Ellen Zhou, and the Rhapsodie Quartet
Dinner with strolling violin
Award presentation and remarks
Complimentary coffee and cordials

Master of Ceremonies: Norman Gilliland
Attire: Black Tie Optional

Ticket Information

Ticket Price: $200 per person
Tax-Deductible Amount: $125 per person


Entree Choices
Herb Marinated Salmon — Lemon Caper Fennel Sauce with Seasonal Vegetables
Beef Burgundy — Seasonal Vegetables
Squash Ravioli— Sauteed Mushrooms and Spinach, Tomato Basil Sauce, Parmesan Cheese

Shaum Torte — Filled with Whipped Cream and Berries

Canyon Road Pinot Grigio
Canyon Road Pinot Noir

About the John DeMain Award

The John DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music recognizes an individual or individuals for their longstanding and unwavering support of the League, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and music in the community.

We present the Award to honor Judith Topitzes, who has actively supported music in our community through her volunteer involvement with the Madison Symphony Orchestra League, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO), and more. She joined the MSOL in 2001 and has since chaired numerous committees and fundraising events and also served as President of the League from 2005-2007. She is on the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Board, where she has served as a Director or Advisor since 2005.

She also serves on the Board of Directors of WYSO.

Meet the Performers

Ellen Zhou, Violin

The Honey Pies

The Rhapsodie Quartet

View photos from the 2019 Gala!

Presented by the Madison Symphony Orchestra League

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of more than 350 dedicated men and women who are committed to support the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Love the Symphony, Join the League! The MSOL presents the Symphony Gala as a benefit and all proceeds support the MSO’s nationally recognized Education and Community Engagement Programs. These programs enrich the cultural life of the entire community and help build the future of the art form we all love so much.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Lead Sponsors

John DeMain Award

Rhapsodie Quartet Sponsor
David and Kato Perlman

Barbara and Norm Berven
Joel and Kathryn Belaire
Shirley and Stan Inhorn
John F. Suby


Bolz Young Artist Sponsor
Elaine and Nick Mischler

The Honey Pies Sponsor
Peter and Beth Rahko

Dr. Ernest and Louise Borden & Dr. Paul and Anne-Marie Correll
Ann Lindsey and Charles Snowdon
Stephen Morton
Heidi Wilde and Kennedy Gilchrist


Strolling Violin Sponsor
Carolyn White

W. Jerome Frautschi
Valerie and Andreas Kazamias
Pleasant T. Rowland
Jim and Jessica Yehle


Ellsworth and Dorothy Brown
Marian and Jack Bolz
Scott and Janet Cabot
Marilyn Ebben
Charles Ford and Sharon James
Michael and Linda Lovejoy
Cyrena and Lee Pondrom
Timothy Reilley and Janet Nelson
Doug and Katie Reuhl
Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner
Sharon Stark and Peter Livingston
Nancy and Ed Young


Mark and Sim Boyle
Tyrone and Janet Greive
Marian and Bill Nasgovitz
Despina and Ted Papageorge
James and Anne Marie Papageorge
Deni Topitzes
Jim (Dimitri) Topitzes and Deborah Davis
James N. Topitzes and Stacy Kaber
Kent Topitzes
Jon and Susan Udell

In-Kind Sponsors

american print
Farley's House of Pianos
madison concourse
american print
american print

Norman Gilliland

Farley's House of Pianos




Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club
1 W Dayton St
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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