Our May 2021 E-News highlights our 2021/22 Season Announcement and The Final Forte 2021 on PBS Wisconsin. Plus, learn about the upcoming MSOL Parties of Note and more!

Welcome Back!

We are thrilled to announce our 21/22 Symphony Season — scheduled to begin in the fall of 2021. This joyous celebration of Beethoven will feature many of the artists and programs we had anticipated experiencing throughout this season. Subscription brochures have been mailed and you can subscribe online now!

“The musicians and I can’t wait to welcome you back to our concerts in beautiful Overture Hall!”  – John DeMain, Music Director

The Final Forte 2021

Broadcast Premiere on PBS Wisconsin at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 6!

Experience the beauty of musical expression as four gifted young artists compete in the final round of the Bolz Young Artist Competition. Recorded at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison on March 3, 2021, the concert was hosted by Music Director John DeMain and Director of Education and Community Engagement, Kathryn Schwarzmann.

Watch the performance streaming on-demand here on our website now. Watch The Bolz Young Artist Competition Finale broadcast on PBS Wisconsin at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2021. 

Encore television presentations will occur on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. The full audio program will broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio’s NPR News & Music stations on June 2 and June 13.

Other Recent News & Stories

Ansel Norris + Greg Zelek
View through May 31

Experience Principal Organist Greg Zelek’s FREE virtual organ performance featuring Ansel Norris on trumpet! The performance is free to view after registering here.

Watch the recording through Monday, May 31.


MSOL Parties of Note in June

One June Party of Note, In Harmony with Nature: Ice Age Trail Tour (June 26), remains open for reservation. Parties of Note including Music in the Governor’s Mansion Inn and Summer Eve Tour of Lake Mendota are sold out. You can still sign up for the waitlist if you are interested.

Click here to view all parties and to register. 

July parties open at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1st.


Upcoming Community Events and Virtual Resources


The Mountaintop
May 14 through June 19

American Players Theatre presents “The Mountaintop,” which tells a “riveting, poetic journey through Martin Luther King Jr.’s missing minutes on April 3, 1968.” To read the full synopsis and find out more about the performance, please visit the American Players Theatre website at https://americanplayers.org/

A high-quality, filmed performance will be available 10 days after The Mountaintop opens in the Touchstone Theatre and will be available through June 19. Please visit the APT website for more information on their digital offerings here

46 Plays for America’s 46 First Ladies
Streaming now through May 23rd

Forty-six plays. Forty-six First Ladies. This 110-minute journey through American history, presented by Forward Theater, utilizes comedy, drama, music, dance and more as it surveys the lives of the women who have served (and avoided serving) as First Lady. 46 Plays is a biographical, meta-theatrical, genre-bending look at gender, race, and everything else your history teacher never taught you about the founding (and the confounding) of America.

Learn more on the Forward Theater website.

Claudia Villela, Ricardo Peixoto, and Marcos Silva Trio
Sunday, May 23rd at 4:30 p.m.

Vocalist Claudia Villela returns to the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society with fellow Brazilians, guitarist Ricardo Peixoto and pianist Marcos Silva, providing an opportunity to hear Claudia’s glorious five-octave instrument in an intimate setting with two of the finest Brazilian musicians in the Bay Area. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Claudia sings mostly in Portuguese interpreting lyrics with keen emotional insight and supple rhythmic command. This concert will feature original music from their many recordings, as well as recent compositions and Brazilian classics.

To find out more, please visit the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society’s website and view the event page.

An Improbable Fiction
May 27 through June 6

Head over to American Players Theatre in Spring Green to experience the world-premiere staging of James DeVita’s new play, “An Improbable Fiction” told largely in Shakespeare’s own words. The performance immerses you the experience of sitting at a bar with your favorite Shakespeare characters, waiting out the plague. Experience the play in-person (limited capacity) or virtually. To find out more, please visit the American Players Theatre website.

Opera in the Park
July 24, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Opera in the Park 2021 stars soprano Amanda Majeski, mezzo Rehanna Thelwell, tenor Andrew Stenson, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen in a program of opera arias, ensembles, and more. In order to allow distancing on the stage, they will be joined by a small ensemble of solo instrumentalists, comprised of Madison-area musicians, led by John DeMain.

To learn more about the event, please visit the Opera in the Park 2021 page.

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