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20/21 Fall Organ Season: FREE Online Streamed Performances

Join us for our virtual 20/21 Organ Season with two FREE performances! We are thrilled to be making music in Overture Hall for the first time since March, and even more thrilled to be sharing these special concerts with you.

Greg Zelek, Principal Organist and Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ, premiered his all-French program of music last week. If you weren’t able to tune in or if you want to relive the experience, we’ve made a recording available for viewing unlimited times through Wednesday, November 18!

Plus, Grammy-award winning Paul Jacobs returns to Overture Hall with a virtual concert premiere on Tuesday, November 17.

Registration for both FREE performances is open now: madisonsymphony.org/organ

Home Is Where the Art Is: Greg Zelek + Sophia Jiang

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!

Greg Zelek is the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Organist and the Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ. Experience a performance Bach’s “Gigue” Fugue and stories he shared from home this summer. Watch the video + read more.

Plus, Pianist Sophia Jiang, winner of the 2017 Madison Symphony Orchestra Fall Youth Concerto Competition performs Beethoven’s Bagatelle in C major, and shares shares her feelings about playing piano and violin and more. This is part of our “Home Is Where the Art Is, Young Artist” series of stories. 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

Support our Musicians — You Can help!

The 91 musicians that make up our orchestra are a core cultural asset of the greater Madison community — and we’ve launched an initiative to help cover their payroll for our canceled subscription concerts this fall. Our MSO Board has guaranteed enough to assure the orchestra’s compensation for the September and October concerts, and an Anonymous Donor has already pledged $50,000 towards November and December. Will you help us reach the remainder of our goal by November 5? Learn more: https://madisonsymphony.org/relief



Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Bolz Young Artist Competition

The Bolz Young Artist Competition is a highly-regarded statewide competition in which Wisconsin’s young musicians compete for scholarships and the opportunity to perform as soloists with the MSO. The competition is open to Wisconsin residents in grades 9–12. The four semifinalists compete in The Final Forte on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Overture Hall. We are accepting applications for this year’s competition through Monday, January 11, 2021, with a few changes to the rules and procedures. Visit madisonsymphony.org/bolz for the latest information on the competition and to submit your application!


MSOL Connect: Humor & Classical Music

Spend the evening with Victor Borge, Spike Jones, Anna Russell, Weird Al Yankovic, Tom Lehrer, and Peter Schickele as we explore “Humor & (Classical) Music: The 20th Century Parodists.” Join us at our next MSOL Connect event with Steve Kurr on Thursday, October 22. The event is open to all MSOL members and is free — members will receive a link to register in their emails. If you’re not already a member, learn more and join today! Registration will close Tuesday, October 20. 


Upcoming Community Events and Virtual Resources


Women of Broadway: Overture Center for the Arts is offering a live stream concert series featuring Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti, and Vanessa Williams. You can subscribe to all three concerts for $85 or purchase tickets individually. Patti LuPone’s performance premieres Saturday, October 24!

Just Bach Virtual Concerts: This Wednesday at noon, tune into an hour-long performance of all-Bach chamber music featuring MSO Musicians Marika Fischer Hoyt and Leanne League. Watch on the Just Bach websiteFacebook page, or YouTube channel.

American Players Theatre: Artistic Director Brenda DeVita is interviewing members of APT’s Core Acting Company from her porch in a series titled “Six Feet Apart”. Watch the videos, with new episodes added every two weeks.

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

Madison Opera: The Madison Opera has launched a Digital Fall season, which premiered September 26. Learn more on their website.

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