Home Is Where the Art Is, Young Artist Series, Michael Wu music and story. 

We’re excited to share stories brilliant young artists shared with us from their homes this summer. The first in this series features Bolz Young Artist Competition participant Michael Wu, winner of The Finale Forte 2020. He performs — ‘Country Gardens’ — arranged for solo piano by Percy Grainger.

Following the music, is an interview where Michael expresses his connection with music and life, passion for the piano, the thrill of playing live with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Enjoy our debut Young Artist Series story. We will be sharing more stories in the coming weeks. Visit madisonsymphony.org/homewithartists to view the latest Home Is Where the Art is stories.

Other Recent News & Stories

Story Series: Symphony Moments

Relive the moments from our September 2019—March 2020 concerts! Find photos and reviews on our website in our newly-completed Symphony Moments series: madisonsymphony.org/moments/




Story Series: Home Is Where the Art Is

What are our musicians up to these days? In our Home Is Where the Art Is series, more than a dozen of our musicians talk about everything from how they got started in music, unique aspects of their instrument and role in the orchestra, what they’re listening to, what they love to do outside of music, and more. Read all the Q&A stories and watch the videos on our website.


MSOL Connect Events

In June and July, the Madison Symphony Orchestra League has hosted three virtual “MSOL Connect” events for members on topics including Beethoven, Humor and Classical Music, and last night’s interview with Michael Wu, winner of The Final Forte 2020. Invitations to these virtual events are offered exclusively to MSOL members, but you can visit the MSOL website to view recordings of all three events and become a member! You’ll be the first to learn more about the next MSOL Connect event on August 20th, with more being planned through December.


A Highly Palatable Partnership: Colony Brands, Inc.

One of our sponsors of A Madison Symphony Christmas since the mid-2000s, Colony Brands, Inc. supports the Symphony in a variety of ways — from concert sponsorships, to underwriting tickets, and plenty of sweet treats! Read more in this Symphony Sponsor feature.


Upcoming Community Events and Virtual Resources


Opera in the Park

Opera in the Park has been a highlight of summer in Madison since 2003. This summer, Madison Opera is bringing their annual free concert to your backyard, to your porch, to your living room, or to your kayak. In Madison and in cities across the U.S., guest artists including John DeMain, Suzanne Beia, and more have stepped into the studio to create a program of arias, duets, and more, from both classic operas and more unusual ones. Tune into madisonopera.org/digital for this magical performance.


American Players Theatre: Through this Sunday, July 26, PBS Wisconsin is making a selection of play readings performed and recorded live by APT’s Core Acting Company alongside some other great APT actors available for viewing. Visit APT’s website to learn more about the plays and to view the readings.

Willy Street Chamber Players: This chamber music group featuring several MSO musicians is opening up their performance archives to subscribers of their e-mail newsletter. Visit their website to learn more and sign up for their email list.

Bach Dancing & Dynamite: This annual festival was held virtually in June — visit their website to view the performances recorded this year.

Forward Theater: From a podcast to a virtual arts guide, a weekly livestream and more, Forward Theater company has a huge variety of content available on the their website that is constantly being updated and added to.

Madison Early Music Festival: Their week long virtual festival wrapped up on July 18th, but you can view the program and recordings of performances on their website.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: Find inspiration in MMoCa’s online galleries, kids’ art activities, and more on their website.

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