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oct 18-20


Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, Oct. 18, 2024
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2024
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2024
2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15-$104

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The first of several guest conductors appearing with us this season is Nicholas Hersh. In his words, “The music on this program is immensely evocative, and it’s all about the relationship of the human and the supernatural.” Join us for the MSO premiere of This Midnight Hour by British Composer Anna Clyne, a piece based on poetry by Charles Baudelaire and Juan Ramón Jiménez that is sure to evoke a visual journey for the listener. Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins returns to perform two works, beginning with the gentle The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams, based upon a poem by George Meredith. She then plays Tzigane, Maurice Ravel’s virtuosic take on Roma fiddling. This program finishes with the monumental Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz, a passionate and musical vision.

Nicholas Hersh, Guest Conductor
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Violin


Anna Clyne, This Midnight Hour* 

Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending 

Maurice Ravel, Tzigane 

Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

*MSO Premiere

I can’t wait to embark on this journey between worlds with the wonderful musicians of the Madison Symphony Orchestra!   – Nicolas Hersh

Kelly Hall-Tompkins plays … with a tonal mastery, a technical command, and a strength of personality…   – BBC Magazine

She was an incredible communicator, expressing musical lines with an honesty and clarity that couldn’t help but be responded to in both the audience and the orchestra.  – The Guardian

Meet the Artists

mso music director john demain

Nicholas Hersh, Guest Conductor

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mso music director john demain

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Violin

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mso music director john demain

Anna Clyne, Composer

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Presenting Sponsor

Marvin J. Levy

Major Sponsors

Kay Schwichtenberg and Herman Baumann

Additional Sponsors

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