MSOL Connect — Finding the Humor in Classical Music

Join us Monday, June 29 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at our online gathering — “Humor and Classical Music” — where members can learn more about the amusing aspects of classical music and how comedy is expressed in music.

Steve Kurr, a dynamic instructor and conductor, will host the session and talk about Humor and Classical Music: “Seemingly separate subjects, both close to the hearts of many. An intersection between them has been explored for centuries. We will sample some of the wonderful results. From Medieval chant to modern parodies, be ready to have your funny bone tickled.” You won’t want to miss Steve’s extraordinary presentation and the discussion that follows!

All sessions are open to MSOL members at no charge; up to 100 participants can be accommodated. After registration, you will receive the Zoom invitation with instructions about attending the event. Registration will close June 26 at 3 p.m.

MSOL members received a link in their email to register. If you would like to renew your membership or join MSOL, click here.

MSOL Connect Launch

Our new online program MSOL Connect launched on June 15 with a great Beethoven presentation and discussion by Steve Kurr. Thanks to everyone who attended this first event!

Kudos to Beth Rahko and her planning committee: ViAnn Cabezal, Ann Lindsey, Linda Lovejoy, Chuck Snowden, Daria & Mark Thomas, and Carolyn White. They’ve been hard at work brainstorming ideas and lining up engaging presentations for upcoming segments. Have a suggestion for a speaker or musical topic for this new format? Please email Beth Rahko ().

Call for Volunteers

Seeking sewing enthusiasts needed to make MSOL-themed face masks!

We will likely be wearing face masks to reduce coronavirus transmission for some time to come. Why not have some fun with it and show your MSOL spirit? The League will provide decorative material to members who wish to sew protective face masks for personal use or donate to MSOL for possible fundraising. The basic masks will need additional tightly woven material as a base; a suggested pattern and helpful hints will be provided.

If you can volunteer to sew masks please email Mark Thomas () or Leslie Overton ().

MSOL Membership Renewal Reminder

If you haven’t done so, please renew your membership for the 2020–2021 fiscal year which begins July 1, 2020. Our annual dues are the following: individual $35 and household $50.

It’s easy to renew online and only takes a few minutes. Please take this time to renew if you haven’t already done so. Or, send a check made out to the MSOL, Attn: Jodi Goldbeck, 222 W. Washington, Suite 460, Madison WI 53703.

If your contact information has changed, please email Jodi at To ensure your name is listed in the printed directory mailed to all members, you will need to renew by June 26, 2020.

We very much appreciate your membership and support. It is your commitment to the Madison Symphony Orchestra that enriches our community now and into the future.

If you know others who may like to join MSOL, please forward this newsletter!

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Couples Bridge Marathon Sign-Up

The MSOL Couples Bridge Marathon will be starting up again this fall with a Kickoff Dinner on August 27. We welcome new members to join us!  If you are interested and/or would like more information please call or email Marilyn Ebben () at 608-833-4683 before August 15, 2020.



Welcome New MSOL Members!

  • Michael Bridgeman and Jack Holzhueter    
  • Ann Dettwiler    
  • Gary Regis Goyke and Nancy Rottier

Parties of Note & Event Updates

Please refer to our main Madison Symphony Orchestra League web page to view all current information on Parties of Note and other MSOL Events.

Find information and answers to questions about MSO events here: MSO Spring 2020 Q&A

Find out about the status of all MSO events here: MSO Current Schedule

About the MSOL

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League (MSOL) continues its tradition of volunteers in service to the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) reaching back to 1956. Over 375 members give of their time, energy and financial support to benefit MSO’s nationally-recognized Education and Community Engagement Programs. By participating in fundraising and social events, MSOL members can share their appreciation and excitement for classical music with others, contribute to the enrichment of the community and one of America’s finest regional orchestras.