His Greatest Hits
Symphony Season Finale – May 6, 7, & 8

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins us for an all-Beethoven concert for the ages, charged with the energy and invention of the master’s Heroic Period. Experience Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, plus his Egmont Overture and Piano Concerto No. 5.

Plus, join us Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. for a free open dress rehearsal with Garrick Ohlsson. Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to experience a working symphony in action. The rehearsal is free and open to the public!

Greg Zelek with The Diapason Brass & Timpani
May 20

Principal Organist Greg Zelek closes out the 21/22 Organ Season with a performance alongside The Diapason Brass quintet and timpani on Friday, May 20.

“In my first of many collaborations with fellow Madison musicians, I am excited to perform alongside The Diapason Brass quintet and timpani in a concert that will pair our Mighty Klais with some of the loudest instruments in the orchestra. This program of music written for a variety of pairings will include Gigout’s Grand Choeur Dialogue, a transcription of Rachmaninoff’s famous Vocalise, and an arrangement of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ and timpani.” — Greg Zelek

2022-2023 Symphony Season
Subscriptions Available Online Now

Imagine… being together with us for an exciting new season of live music! Your Symphony’s 2022–2023 season begins in September. Subscriptions are available nowand brochures have been mailed. Renewing subscribers save 10–25% off single ticket prices for 5–8 concerts. New subscribers Save 40-50% off single ticket prices for 5–8 concerts.

Other Recent News & Stories

Artist Q&A: Greg Zelek, Voices of Spring 2022

May 28, 2022 is the date for Voices of Spring, the wonderful every other year organ dinner on the stage of Overture Hall. To provide you with more information and to pique your excitement, Elaine Mischler and Rob Lemanske, co-chairs of the event, sat down with Greg Zelek to ask a few questions about this event.

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Have you ever wanted to dine and be entertained on the stage at Overture Hall? Now you will have your chance when the Friends of the Overture Concert Organ hosts Voices of Spring — themed “Klais Meets Cabaret“ — on Saturday, May 28 at the Overture Center for the Arts. The stage will be transformed for an evening of food, friends and music. Less than 15 tickets remain! RSVP by May 13.

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Concert on the Green
June 20

Please join us for an evening of golf, cocktail party, concert, and dinner on the beautiful grounds of Bishops Bay Country Club. We are very excited to announce that Mike Leckrone, UW Band Director emeritus, will join our 2022 event as Honorary Golf Chair! RSVP by June 10.

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Symphony Moments: The Final Forte

Congratulations to the first place winner and recipient of Marian Bolz Prize for Distinguished Musical Achievement, Ellen Zhou! Relive the moments of the final round of our Bolz Young Artist Competition, The Final Forte, which took place in Overture Hall on Wednesday, April 13 and was broadcast live on WPR and PBS Wisconsin. 

Read about the competition and view photos from the evening!




Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert with the Madison Symphony Orchestra
May 21 & 22

Grab your broom and get ready for the tasks ahead! The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts™ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of a live symphony orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.

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Upcoming Community Events and Resources

The Hunt Quartet in Recital
Oakwood Village
Monday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Hunt Quartet, of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Up Close & Musical® program, for a FREE performance at Oakwood Village on Monday, May 16. Members of the group include MSO Musicians Paran Amiriniazari, Hillary Hempel, Jennifer Paulson, and Derek Handley. Up Close and Musical brings the power and beauty of classical music into the classrooms of elementary schools throughout Dane County. Individual quartet members visit K-3 classrooms at partner elementary schools throughout Dane County, conducting interactive lessons that teach the musical concepts of melody, rhythm, expression, and form. This recital is sponsored by Kato Perlman.

Mariachi Herencia de México
Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts
Saturday, May 7

The historic tradition of mariachi music has roots in cities like Guadalajara and Mexico City, places where the festive folk style lived its past glory days in the mid-1900s. Today, the future of the evolving genre may rest in the hands of a dynamic ensemble from the capital of the American Midwest: Chicago’s Mariachi Herencia de México. Purchase tickets here.

Latino Art Fair
Overture Center for the Arts
Saturday, May 7

Join us for the 8th Annual Latino Art Fair Gallery Night “amArte” in which Wisconsin Latino artists celebrate the power of love through art to foster understanding, compassion and forgiveness. The event features 15 local visual artists with art for sale along with arts activities and a face painting artist for youth. Learn more about this free event

Disney’s Freaky Friday the Musical
Children’s Theater of Madison
Starlight Theater, MYArts Center
May 7-May 22

Teenage Ellie and her mom Katherine couldn’t be more different. But when they magically swap bodies and have just 24 hours to get back to normal, they have to work together to solve the mystery of their inverted identities. By spending a day in each other’s shoes (literally!), mother and daughter come to appreciate each other in ways they never could have imagined. Share in the celebration of this hilarious and heartfelt new musical, based on the hit Disney films! Buy tickets now

Just Bach Monthly Concert
Luther Memorial Church, Madison
Wednesday, May 18

Just Bach is a monthly concert series in Madison, celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Founded to share the immense range of Bach’s vocal and instrumental repertoire with the Madison community at large, Just Bach features musicians — including several MSO musicians — who play on period instruments using historically-informed performance practice, bringing the music to life in the manner and style that Bach intended. Concerts will be in-person and recorded but not live-streamed; the recorded concert video will be posted on the Just Bach YouTube channel on the Sunday afternoon following the concert. Learn more and attend or tune in at justbach.org

Kanopy 2 & Academy Showcase
Kanopy Dance Company 
Overture Center for the Arts
Saturday, May 21

Watch the next generation of dancers and choreographers in Kanopy’s pre-professional training program ignite the stage with new ideas, new stories and new expressions through dance. Original dances by Kanopy 2 Company members, artistic directors, guest artists and signature modern masterworks. Learn more and buy tickets.

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