Our fourth E-News of 2021 highlights The Score Newsletter, the upcoming organ concert with Greg Zelek and Ansel Norris, and Executive Director Richard Mackie’s retirement. Plus, learn about the April MSOL Connect event and much more!

Partner Story About Rick Mackie’s Retirement

Discover more about our executive director Richard H. Mackie. He shares his views about retiring after a 22 year engagement with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. The Capital Times writer Lindsay Christians interviewed Rick following our public announcement.

You can view the original press release on our website.

The Score Newsletter

Spring 2021

Our newsletter is published three-four times a year for patrons and friends of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. This issue is packed with the latest news, information about The Final Forte 2021, and a note from Music Director John DeMain. You can sign up for your FREE subscription to The Score newsletter via mail and email.

Ansel Norris + Greg Zelek

Premiere Two Weeks from Today

Tuesday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Join Principal Organist Greg Zelek for a FREE virtual organ performance featuring Ansel Norris, trumpet! A Madison native and 2009 Bolz Young Artist Competition finalist, Mr. Norris’s remarkable technique and singing lyricism will be on full display in a program filled with music that is both written and arranged for this electrifying pairing of instruments. The performance, recorded live from Overture Hall, premieres April 27 and is free to view after registering on our website.

Other Recent News & Stories

MSOL Connect: Movie Music — Its Beginnings, Its Evolution, and Its Composers
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Film scores have been a major part of popular culture for almost 100 years, and they also represent some of the most compelling musical work during the last century. We will explore the history, development, and composers of that rich world of movie music with our host Steve Kurr. Registration is now closed.*

*Although the event is free, donations are welcome.  If you are not an MSOL member and would like to become one, you can join here for only $35 annual dues.


MSOL Parties of Note in May

Historic Homes of Maple Bluff on May 18 has five spots left as of today. Register online. First Nation Peoples in Madison’s History: Earthen Mounds is sold out (May 29). Sign up for the waiting list.

More parties will open on May 3, so check the website at that time to see the latest offerings and register.


Best of Madison 2021: Voting is Now Open!

Thanks to everyone who nominated us last month for Best of Madison 2021! There are two categories in Arts & Entertainment where you can vote for us: Classical Music Group (Madison Symphony Orchestra), and Virtual Performance (A Madison Symphony Christmas).

Vote for your favorites in all categories any time now through April 30th on the Channel 3000 website.



Upcoming Community Events and Virtual Resources


Lewiston/Clarkston presented by Forward Theater
Streaming April 8-25

Two plays. One event. Enjoy this experience by Forward Theater which showcases, back to back, both Lewiston and Clarkston by Samuel D. Hunter. Advanced tickets are necessary for viewing.

For each presentation of this Wisconsin premiere, Lewiston and Clarkston will be performed together as a unique theatrical event. Evening performances will begin at 7:00pm. To find out more please visit the Forward Theater website or purchase tickets to the event directly through the Overture Center.


RBP on JSB: The Masterclass
Sunday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. CST.

Leading classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine celebrates emerging artists with “RBP on JSB: The Bach Masterclasses.” In the six-part bi-weekly educational series, Pine draws from her lifelong study of Bach’s music to work on all of Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin in a masterclass setting with rising star violinists. The event takes place every-other Sunday through May 14.


Just Bach Live Stream
Wednesday, April 21

Just Bach is a monthly concert series in Madison, WI, celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Now in their third season, the organization is providing a virtual experience. Audiences can view performances on the Just Bach YouTube Channel and the Luther Memorial website.


Olbrich Gardens Canopy Sessions
Friday, April 23 from 7-8:30 p.m.

“The 2021 Canopy Sessions will be live-streamed from the Bolz Conservatory so you can get down right groovy in the comfort of your own home.” The April 23rd performance Wurk, a 6-piece funk-fusion group from Madison, WI. This Canopy Session takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. via live stream and in-person. Visit the Olbrich Gardens website for more information on the artist and the Olbrich Gardens Canopy Sessions Concert Series.


Blood Drive at the Overture Center
Tuesday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Visit the Overture Center for the Arts for a Blood Drive sponsored by the American Red Cross. The Drive will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please note that donation takes approximately one hour. Find out more or schedule an appointment by visiting the Overture Center Website.


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