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apr 11-13


Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, Apr., 11, 2025
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Apr., 12, 2025
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Apr., 13, 2025
2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15-$104

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Guest conductor Joseph Young gives us an idea of what to anticipate in this exciting concert. “This program is an aural invitation into the ideals of peace, love, and connection that carries forward long after the final notes.” We begin with Samuel Barber’s concise and dramatic Second Essay for Orchestra. Next, the eclectic and genre-bending string trio Time for Three joins our Symphony performing Kevin PutsContact, a Grammy-winning piece written specifically for the group. Intended to premiere in the summer of 2020, Contact took on new meaning as an expression of yearning for human contact during the peak of the pandemic. Maestro Young’s selection of movements from one of the greatest ballet scores of the 20th century, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, will leave us longing for more. 

Joseph Young, Guest Conductor

Time For Three:
Nicolas Kendall, Violin
Charles Yang, Violin
Ranaan Meyer, Double Bass


Samuel Barber, Second Essay
for Orchestra, Op. 17 

Kevin Puts, Contact* 

Sergei Prokofiev, Selections from
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

*MSO Premiere

I so look forward to connecting with the musicians and community of Madison as we share this exciting concert about connection. This is a heart-on-your-sleeves, jaw-on-the-floor kind of program that demands an emotional response.  – Joseph Young

Tf3’s boundless energy and electrifying personalities filled the auditorium and moved the normally reserved concert audience to cheers, whistles and thunderous applause.  – The Republic

Meet the Artists

mso music director john demain

Joseph Young, Guest Conductor

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mso music director john demain

Time For Three:
Nicolas Kendall, Violin
Charles Yang, Violin
Ranaan Meyer, Double Bass

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mso music director john demain

Kevin Puts, Composer

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Major Sponsors



University Research Park

Madison Symphony Orchestra League

Nancy Mohs

Additional Sponsors


Robert Benjamin and John Fields

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