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Holiday Tickets Sale

December 16–31

This season, give the gift of music to the special people in your life — or yourself! During these two weeks only, tickets to our subscription concerts in February, March, April, and May are just $25 or $50. Additionally, select tickets to our single performance of Beyond the Score® in January are just $10 or $25!

Learn more about our 2020 concerts below!

Beyond the Score®: Prokofiev Symphony No. 5: Pure Propaganda?

January 19, 2020 (single performance)

John DeMain, Conductor
James Ridge, Colleen Madden, Marcus Truschinski, Sarah Day, American Players Theatre Actors
Dan Lyons, Piano

Beyond the Score® is a multimedia presentation featuring actors, stunning visual projections, and musical examples.

Journey into the heart of the music with Beyond the Score®. Prokofiev’s popular Symphony No. 5 was a hit at home and deemed a musical celebration to the end of World War II. Discover how his experiences in America and his return to the Soviet homeland after the war instilled his belief that music should be directed towards the heroic, the beautiful, and the strong. Experience the entire work performed in the second half of the concert with a deeper understanding of the language of the composer — what he wants to express, and how he expresses it.

Beyond the Score® is a production of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gerard McBurney, Creative Director for Beyond the Score®.

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Romantic Encounter

February 14, 15, 16, 2020

John DeMain, Conductor
Pinchas ZukermanViolin
Amanda ForsythCello

BerliozLe Corsaire Overture
Brahms, Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor
Copland, Symphony No. 3

“Husband and wife team Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth return to recreate their exciting interpretation of the Brahms Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra. One of Berlioz’s finest overtures, the exhilarating Le Corsair opens the concert, and Aaron Copland’s majestic, powerful and lyrical third Symphony, one of Copland’s great masterpieces that includes his fanfare for the common man occupies the 2nd half of this varied and incredible program of great music.” – John DeMain

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The Miracle

March 6, 7, 8, 2020

Kenneth WoodsGuest Conductor
Blake PouliotViolin

Haydn | Symphony No. 96, Miracle
Mendelssohn | Violin Concerto in E minor
Strauss | Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)

“Meet Madison born, and now internationally-renowned guest conductor Kenneth Woods, as he makes his Madison Symphony debut, which also includes, what we expect to be an equally auspicious debut from Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot playing the beloved Mendelssohn violin concerto. Kenneth opens with the MSO premiere of Hayden’s Symphony no. 96, the Miracle, and closes with the massive and virtuosic orchestral tone poem by Richard Strauss — Ein Heldenleben. This all Germanic program is sure to provide the most delicate, and at the same time, the most powerful of sonic thrills.” – John DeMain

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Dvořak Requiem

April 3, 4, 5, 2020

John DeMainConductor
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly TaylorDirector
Ann ToomeySoprano
Julie MillerMezzo-soprano
Eric BarryTenor
Matt BoehlerBass

Dvořák | Requiem

“This concert features our wonderful Madison Symphony Chorus and four debut and returning soloists in the epic Dvořák Requiem. This work has it all from beautiful solo arias to thrilling bombastic chorus, all supported by the gorgeous orchestral writing of Antonio Dvořák. This is a work of great beauty and also an MSO premiere. Dvořák has become a favorite composer of mine and I look forward to conducting this Requiem for the first time. I hope all of you join me.”  – John DeMain

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A Symphony of a Thousand

Friday, May 1, 2, 3, 2020

John DeMain, Conductor
Yefim BronfmanPiano

Weber | Overture from Euryanthe
Stravinsky | Petrushka
Brahms | Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

“Yefim Bronfman is one of the finest artists of the piano in the world. His all encompassing repertoire coupled by a simply awesome technique, makes him one our favorite guest soloists, whom we try to invite back as often as we can get him. His playing of the Brahms first piano concerto is sure to be definitive. But the concert offers even more delights beginning with Weber’s classic Overture from Euryanthe, and followed by Stravinsky’s great Ballet Score Petrushka, a story of a Russian puppet come to life. The energy of Petrushka and the great beauty and power of Brahms as played on our magnificent Hamburg Steinway, will bring our 2019/20 season to an exciting close. As you know, I try to make every concert an event not to be missed. Be there with me for the entire season. I know you won’t regret it!”  – John DeMain

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Limited time only. Sale does not apply to previously purchased tickets and discounts may not be combined.
Special pricing for Beyond the Score on January 19, on sale for $10 or $25 – regular prices $16 and $36.
Special pricing for February, March, April and May 2020 season subscription concerts. Best available seats in the house valued up to $95 on sale for $50 – regular price $51 or $35 tickets for just $25.