Our September E-News highlights our upcoming String Spirit concerts, subscriptions and single tickets for our Symphony and Organ seasons, this month’s MSOL Connect event, MSO Employment and Audition news, an update on our Young People’s Concerts, and more!

String Spirit — Tickets on Sale Now!
September 24 & 25 in Overture Hall

“This program offers stellar showcases of our incredible Symphony string section, numbering some 60 players. We will perform Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, an immensely popular work inspired by Mozart’s serenades, but composed in Tchaikovsky’s inimitable style so beloved by all of us. The other piece is Edward Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra. Elgar was a violinist himself, and this work was written to show off the virtuosity of the string orchestra. For those of you who don’t know the Poulenc Organ Concerto for strings, timpani and solo organ, this is one of his masterpieces. I so look forward to you joining us — joyfully welcoming the Madison Symphony Orchestra back safely to the stage in Overture Hall. I can’t wait to see all of you again.” – Music Director John DeMain

Single tickets for this special concert presentation are $20, $40, or $60 and are on sale now! Join us for either of two performances of this 90-minute program — no intermission. Learn more on our website.


Subscriptions and Single Tickets Available NOW for our 21/22 Organ Season!

Our 21/22 Overture Concert Organ season features the return of Isabelle Demers, and countertenor Reginald Mobley joins Principal Organist Greg Zelek for a program of organ transcriptions and gospel spirituals. Plus, Greg opens the season with a solo performance, and closes it in collaboration with the Diapason Brass & Timpani. 

Single tickets are on sale now for just $20 each — or subscribe to all four concerts for just $63! Learn more on our website.


Subscribe or buy single tickets to the 21/22 Symphony Season

Have you explored our 21/22 Symphony Season yet? This joyous celebration of Beethoven begins in October, featuring stellar artists including Gil Shaham, Olga Kern, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Garrick Ohlsson, and more. Subscriptions are still available, or single tickets are on sale NOW: $20-$98. Learn more & buy tickets

Other Recent News & Stories

The MSO is Hiring!

The Madison Symphony Orchestra seeks a highly-motivated Manager of Grants and Corporate Giving. This person is an integral member of a small development team, led by the Director of Development, that raises $1.7 million of the MSO’s $5 million budget. This full-time position manages all aspects of the proposal writing and reporting process for foundation, government, and corporate funders, and plays a key role in developing and implementing donor cultivation and stewardship activities for approximately 80 institutional funders. The Madison Symphony Orchestra believes that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation. Candidates with a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences are welcome and encouraged to apply. For best consideration, please apply by September 24, 2021.

Read the full job description on our website.


MSOL Connect: String Spirit

MSOL Connect is a series of free one-hour online events created during the pandemic to keep MSOL members connected and engaged. Each event is an informative and entertaining presentation related to classical music. This month’s event on Thursday, September 23 at 4:00 p.m. focuses on the MSO’s upcoming String Spirit program, chatting with the evening’s organ soloist Greg Zelek (Principal Organist and Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ), and setting the three works in a larger context of string orchestra repertoire. Registration is free and open to the public now!

Learn more and RSVP by September 21.


Audition for the Madison Symphony Orchestra Chorus 

New members for the Madison Symphony Chorus are always welcome, and auditions are being held next week! If you’re interested in rehearsing and performing with the MSO Chorus — including during the MSO’s December Christmas concerts and April 2022 Missa Solemnis concerts — please email Chorus Manager Dan Lyons at daniel.lyons1908@gmail.com. Auditions are being scheduled for Sept. 13, 14, and 17, and the first rehearsal is Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Youth Concerts Announced for April 2021

The Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Youth Concerts audience is typically comprised of thousands of students in grades 4 – 8 from around the state and beyond. This year they will be invited to attend the MSO’s Young People’s Concert, held on Thursday, April 14, 2022 in Overture Hall. This concert was generally designed for students in middle school and high school but will now be open and designed for students in upper elementary, middle and high school this year. Concert prep materials appropriate for each age group will be designed and made available to all teachers on our website. Preconcert visits to schools by MSO musicians performing in the concert will also be made available to attending schools in Dane County. The Young People’s Concert is conducted by MSO Associate Conductor, Kyle Knox. The concert will be a celebration of the orchestra and of diversity in music.

Learn more.


Upcoming Community Events and Virtual Resources

Vox Venti Recital
Presented by the Euterpe Music Club of Watertown
September 14

The Euterpe Music Club of Watertown will kick off its 2021-22 season with a recital by the recorder duo Vox Venti at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 413 S. Second St., Watertown. The ensemble features our Principal Bassoon Cindy Cameron alongside Caroline Senn who is a pianist, organist, recorder player, and church musician based in Watertown.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. Donations will be received for the Euterpe Music Scholarship Fund. Learn more: https://www.wdtimes.com/lifestyles/article_72557f3f-45a3-523e-aae1-5824c57cfc7e.html


Just Bach Monthly Concert
Luther Memorial Church, Madison
September 15

Just Bach is a monthly concert series in Madison, WI, 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 https://justbach.org/


Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?
Presented by Forward Theater
Overture Hall
September 9–26

Forward Theater presents a beautiful autobiographical play by renowned playwright Adrienne Kennedy, about holding artistic ground in a patriarchal world of show business luminaries.

Learn more and buy tickets: https://forwardtheater.com/show/mom-how-did-you-meet-the-beatles


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Presented by Madison Ballet
Summerstage, Delafield, September 17–18
Warner Park, Madison, September 22–23

Shakespeare’s most whimsical comedy is transformed into a delightful ballet sure to please the whole family. Two pair of star-crossed lovers find mischief, magic and folly in the forest as fairies and sprites toy with their fates. World-renowned choreographer Peter Anastos brings this beloved story to life, accompanied by Felix Mendelssohn’s delightful score.

These performances are free and open to the public. Learn more: https://www.madisonballet.org/performances

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