This edition of E-News & Stories includes a new Young Artist Series story, a preview of two FREE streaming Overture Concert Organ performances, musician babies and more!

Julian Rhee — Violin

Our second “Young Artist Series” story that is part of our “Home Is Where the Art Is” collection features Julian Rhee, winner of The Final Forte 2017. Julian begins with a lovely two minute performance of Méditation from Thaïs by Massenet, and finishes with a four minute excerpt from the second movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto following an interview.

Julian, now age 19, shares memories about first performing with the Symphony at age 11, through his experiences in The Final Forte with our orchestra, and how it helped give him a voice. He reveals how classical music taps into his emotions, who he is, what he wants to say to an audience, and how important it is to express himself in ways that you can’t with just words.

Enjoy our second 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.

Save the Dates!
20/21 Fall Organ Season: FREE Online Streamed Performances

We are excited to announce two virtual organ performances this fall to kick off our 20/21 Organ Season! On Tuesday, October 13, Principal Organist Greg Zelek presents an all-French program, followed by the return of the Grammy-award winning Paul Jacobs to Overture Hall on Tuesday, November 17. Registration for both FREE performances opens on September 27! Mark your calendars and visit our website for more information.

Other Recent News & Stories

Joyce Yang Shares Personal Stories

Joyce Yang debuted with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in November 2019 with a dazzling performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major. She recently shared two stories about major life changes experienced since March that eloquently express challenges we know many of our beloved artists are facing as well. Joyce has graciously allowed us to share these stories with our audience — read them both on our website.





MSOL Represented on the League of American Orchestra’s Volunteer Council

The Madison Symphony Orchestra is one of the 1,700 orchestras represented by the League of American Orchestras, which links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. MSOL member Janet Cabot is one of 17 members on the League’s Volunteer Council — learn more about this organization and her role: https://madisonsymphony.org/msol-recognized-on-lao-volunteer-council/



MSOL Connect: Music and the Brain

Throughout the summer, the Madison Symphony Orchestra League has hosted virtual learning events for members on a variety of topics. The next event, “Music and the Brain,” will be held on Thursday, September 24, and is open exclusively to MSOL members. Visit the MSOL website to learn more about becoming a member and to view recordings of all four prior MSOL Connect events!


Welcoming MSO Musician Babies!

Several members of our orchestra welcomed new additions to their families this spring! Meet the newest members of our MSO family below.

From left to right:

Tatiana Wipperfurth, born to Olga Draguieva (violin) and husband Paul on May 4

Elliot David Onstad, born to Beth Larson (violin) and husband Matthew Onstad (trumpet) on May 9

Julian Victor Kamps, born to Laura Mericle (violin) and husband Tim Kamps (violin) on April 6

Upcoming Community Events and Virtual Resources


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 begins September 26. Learn more on their website.

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