A Virtual Madison Symphony Christmas Premieres December 16 at 7:30 p.m. CST!

Come celebrate the season with vocalists Kyle Ketelsen and Emily Secor; The Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, and Mt. Zion Gospel Ensemble, with performances and accompaniment by John DeMain and Greg Zelek on piano and the Overture Concert Organ, respectively. This hour-long virtual concert is certain to lift your hearts and spirits. Enjoy classic Christmas music plus our traditional sing along where you can join us singing to a medley of favorites from your home! The Madison Symphony Orchestra presents this concert for FREE upon registration and will be available for viewing through December 31, 2020.

We are excited to introduce the latest additions to our Home Is Where the Art Is series in the News & Stories section of our website!

These two outstanding young musicians competed in The Final Forte 2019 and 2020, respectively. Listen to Holly perform a piece by Schubert, and recount how she reacted when her flute broke five minutes before going on stage at the competition! Watch the video + read more.

Plus, Emily performs a Bach sonata and shares memories about preparing for the Bolz competitions, and a story about how she created an exercise to improve her technique. Watch the video + read more.

Watch for more stories in the coming weeks, and visit madisonsymphony.org/homewithartists to view the entire Home Is Where the Art Is story series.

Other Recent News & Stories

Watch the PBS Wisconsin Re-Broadcast of “A Madison Symphony Christmas” 2018
This Sunday, Dec. 20 at 4:00 p.m. CST

Tune into your local PBS Wisconsin station to re-live the moments of this exciting one-hour Christmas special! John DeMain and special guests Cecilia Violetta López, Kyle Ketelsen, the Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, and the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir perform Christmas classics old and new. Learn more.



Safety and Style: MSOL Masks Available until Christmas

Our Madison Symphony Orchestra League has crafted music-themed face masks that are available now! Your donation to MSOL in exchange for a mask or scarf will further MSOL’s mission to support the MSO and its Community and Education programs.

Masks are three layered and reversible, with either light or dark fabric behind the MSOL-themed material, and a musical motif on the reverse side. Masks are made with elastic, although a few are available with ties, and mold over the nose. Minimum donations are $20 per mask. A limited number of 69 x 23 inch scarves with the MSOL-themed material are also available for $40 per scarf. 

Place your order on our website while quantities last, but no later than Christmas Day.




MSOL Recognized Nationally for Virtual Learning Events

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League was one of six volunteer organizations across the country to receive a Spotlight Award from the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras. The award, which highlights a unique tactic or concept that can be used by other volunteers, recognized MSOL Connect, the series of informative and entertaining online programs launched in June to stay connected with members during the pandemic. Congratulations to our MSOL leaders and volunteers for their hard work and dedication! Learn more.




Upcoming Community Events and Virtual Resources


American Players Theatre: APT is offering two productions on the Broadway on Demand streaming platform through December 29. Visit their website to learn more and purchase tickets.

Children’s Theatre of Madison: CTM is presenting special edition of “A Christmas Carol, Home for the Holidays” with free online viewings available to the public December 18–31. This virtual offering features a cast of 95 professional actors, talented youth, local community members and civic leaders. Visit their website to watch the trailer and learn more.

Christopher Taylor, piano: The Performing Arts at the Library of Congress is presenting a performance by Christopher Taylor of three Beethoven/Liszt symphonies (numbers 1, 2, and 5), this Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 pm CST. Learn more and register to view the performance.

Madison Bach Musicians: This local chamber music group, which features several MSO musicians, premiered a Baroque Holiday concert on December 12. The performance is available for viewing through December 26. Learn more and purchase a ticket to view the concert.

Wingra Wind Quartet: Another local chamber music group which features several MSO musicians, this quartet premiered a concert on December 9. Learn more and watch the performance on YouTube.

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