Experience a remarkable 50 minute journey with MSO’s Music Director John DeMain and Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. You’ll learn how Maestro DeMain discovered Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto in D, and the ways he and Kelly are approaching the performances of “Premiere Debut” on January 21, 22 and 23. This conversation explores multiple dimensions of the piece and their lives. Stories shared include John’s passion for bringing his interpretation of Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” to life, to Kelly’s 500 performances as the violinist for the Broadway run of “Fiddler on the Roof” — and what each of their lives have been like in recent years. They reveal insights into what makes this Madison Symphony Orchestra premiere of the Marsalis work, and Kelly’s debut with the MSO, so special.

This virtual event took place on January 12, 2022 via Zoom.