Welcome to the web version of our E-News & Stories. Below, you’ll find a collection of stories and resources so that you can stay connected to the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Read about our Education concerts in February, recaps of our January-March concerts, view a video from a pop-up event in September, and much more.

The Final Forte and Spring Young People’s Concert

“How can they be so good!?” This is the question we hear from the very first day until well after the end of the Bolz Young Artist Competition every year.

Read the story by our Education and Community Engagement Director

A Message from John DeMain
Our Music Director John DeMain was in Washington D.C. for the first half of March, preparing to conduct Blue with the Washington National Opera. He is now back home in Madison, and recently wrote a letter to let us know how he’s doing. Read his full letter from March 27 here.

MSOL Special Member “Pop Up” Event Video with Greg Zelek, Sept. 2019
Our September MSOL event featured Madison Symphony’s Principal Organist and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ, Greg Zelek. Greg spoke about preparing for his debut performance as a soloist with the orchestra playing the Barber Toccata Festiva for our 2019-2020 season opening concerts.

Symphony Moments: January, February, March
Relive the moments. View slideshows of photos and read the review from our JanuaryFebruary, and March Symphony concert weekends!

April Concerts: Virtual Story
We’ve posted a collection of resources and links so that you can experience our April Dvořák Requiem concerts virtually. This includes a special concert talk from Michael Allsen, a link to his program notes, a link to a previous performance of the piece, and much more.


News & Updates

Beethoven & Beyond: 20/21 Subscriptions Available Now!

Our new 20/21 season is your opportunity to celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven and share the excitement of music that made him one of the most beloved composers ever. Beyond Beethoven’s great violin concerto and treasures of the most popular works from his Heroic Period, you’ll experience masterpieces by TchaikovskySibeliusDvořákRachmaninoffRavel and more! To mark this special occasion, we’ve invited many of your favorite top-tier guest artists to join us. This is a celebration you’ll remember forever. Every concert is an “Ode to Joy” in its own way… explore the new season and renew or become a new subscriber online. We look forward to celebrating with you next season!


MSOL E-News & Stories

Our Madison Symphony Orchestra League is made up of more than 375 members who give their time, energy and financial support to benefit the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Their latest newsletter recaps several events that were held this season, including Parties of Note, a Pop-Up Event featuring Principal Organist Greg Zelek, and the Mid-Winter Luncheon. Read the newsletter on our website.



The latest information about our 19-20 Season

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we regret that our May Symphony concerts, Concert on the Green in June, and additional education and MSOL events have been canceled. Our May 5 Organ performance is also postponed. For more information, visit our list of current eventsQ&A page, and press release.

Thanks to all who have donated the value of their tickets or requested vouchers for next season. Your much-needed funds will help sustain the Symphony through these challenging times.


Thank you to our generous sponsors and grantors!

All of us at the Symphony wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to these donors who are standing by their sponsorship commitments, even though their sponsored programs have ended early or have been canceled or postponed.

May “Piano Power” Symphony Concerts
The Irving & Dorothy Levy Family Foundation, Inc.
Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
Louise & Ernest Borden
University Research Park
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Janet Hyde
Fred Wileman

May Organ Concert “Greg Zelek with the Diapason Brass & Timpani”
William Steffenhagen
Elaine and Nicholas Mischler

HeartStrings® – Music Therapy-Informed Community Engagement Program
WPS Health Solutions
Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
UW Health, Unity Point-Meriter & Quartz
Susan S. Harris
David and Kato Perlman
Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation, Inc.
Wahlin Foundation, Inc. on behalf of Stoughton Trailers
Madison Arts Commission
National Endowment for the Arts
An Anonymous Friend

Symphony Soup – Youth Concert for Grades K-3
John & Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation
The Evjue Foundation
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Veridian Foundation
William and Joyce Wartmann Fund
Woodman’s Food Markets
An Anonymous Friend

Link Up – Music Education Program with Culminating Concert
Madison Symphony Orchestra League
Carl M. Hudig Fund for Link Up
US Bank
An Anonymous Friend

Up Close & Musical® – Elementary School Residency Program, Presented by the Hunt Quartet*
John & Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation
Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale
The Brittingham Fund
An Anonymous Friend

*The Hunt Quartet is funded through a partnership between the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with major funding from David and Kato Perlman, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and other donors. Up Close & Musical® is a program of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

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