April 1, 2024 


Madison Symphony Orchestra Wraps up its 98th Season with Fiesta Finale” Featuring all-Mexican Music and Special Guest Artists Jorge Federico Osorio, Piano, and Mariachi Los Camperos 

May 3, 4, and 5, in Overture Hall 


Madison, Wis.– The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) celebrates the final concert of John DeMain’s 30th anniversary season with “Fiesta Finale” at Overture Hall on May 3, 4 and 5, 2024. The concerts features works by Mexican composers, a Mexican-born pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, and world-renowned Mariachi Los Camperos 

“Fiesta Finale” features José Pablo Moncayo’s, Huapango, Manuel Ponce’s, Piano Concerto No. 1 Romántico, Silvestre Revueltas’ Suite from La Noche de los Mayas (The Night of the Maya), compiled by José Yves Limantour, along with synchronized imagery assembled by Peter Rodgers, and selections by Mariachi Los Camperos and the Madison Symphony Orchestra.  

On Saturday, May 4th, The 10th annual Latino Art Fair will take place in the Overture Lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m. (free and open to the public). Talented musical artists from throughout South Central Wisconsin will perform traditional mariachi music and provide cultural musical instrument demonstrations. The free event will also feature Colombian music and dance to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo weekend in downtown Madison. 


Message from John DeMain  

 — English 

Cinco de Mayo served as an inspirational springboard for this unique concert celebrating Mexican music and heritage. The concert opens with José Pablo Moncayo’s Huapango, a lively and joyful tribute to the popular music of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Then, I am thrilled to welcome Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio as he makes his MSO debut performing Manuel Ponce’s romantic Piano Concerto No. 1. Silvestre Revueltas is one of the giants among Mexican composers, and I am very excited to introduce to you his suite from the movie La Noche de Los Mayas, featuring a multimedia presentation of Mayan art. And finally, a great mariachi ensemble Mariachi Los Camperos will play selections of Mexican songs with the Madison Symphony. A truly unique concert designed to lift your spirits and bring my 30th anniversary celebration to a rousing and joyful finale.  John DeMain, Music Director 


Leerlo en Español 

El Cinco de Mayo sirve como la inspiración para este concierto único que celebra la música y herencia mexicana. El concierto empieza con Huapango, compuesto por José Pablo Moncayo, y es un animado y alegre homenaje a la música popular del estado mexicano de Veracruz. Luego, acogimos al pianista Jorge Federico Osorio y su debut en Madison, tocando el primer concierto de Manuel Ponce. Silvestre Revueltas es uno de los compositores mexicanos más famosos, y estoy muy entusiasmado de presentar su Suite de la película La Noche de los Mayas, acompañado por una presentación multimedia del arte maya. Y finalmente, el fabuloso mariachi, Mariachi Los Camperos, tocará selecciones de canciones mexicanas con nuestra propia sinfonía. Este concierto especial está diseñado para levantar el ánimo y celebrar mis 30 años como director con una gran y jubilosa culminación. John DeMain, Director Musical 


Symphony Concert, Ticket and Event Details

The lobby opens 90 minutes prior to each concert. The Symphony recommends concert attendees arrive early for each performance to make sure they have time to pass through Overture Center’s security stations. Please note: there is no Prelude Discussion on Saturday due to the Latino Art Fair. A full recording of Michael Allsens Prelude Discussion is available online. 

Single tickets are on sale now through the Overture Center Box office. Tickets can be purchased online at overture.org, in-person or by phone by calling (608) 258-4141 during Box Office hours. $15 student rush tickets may be purchased beginning the Friday of the concert weekend through the performance time on each day at the Overture Box Office. Note that fees apply to online and phone orders. No fees for in-person purchase at the Overture Box Office, 201 State Street. 

Three performances of the Fiesta Finale” concerts will take place May 3, 4 & 5 and ticket prices range from $15 to $102. More information is found at https://madisonsymphony.org/event/fiesta-finale/ 


Drinks are now allowed in Overture Hall  

Drinks are now allowed inside Overture Hall during all Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts and Overture Concert Organ performances. Refreshments may be purchased at bars and concession stands located around the Overture Hall lobby before each concert and during intermission. Please enjoy food in the lobby and unwrap any candy or cough drops before the performance begins. 


Health & Safety Precautions 

Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are not currently required to enter Overture Center for the Arts. More information about the many safety protocols can be found at https://overture.org/health, and https://madisonsymphony.org/health 


About Jorge Federico Osorio 

Recipient of the prestigious Medalla Bellas Artes, the highest honor granted by Mexicos National Institute of Fine Arts, Jorge Federico Osorio has been lauded throughout the world for his superb musicianship, powerful technique, vibrant imagination, and deep passion. He has performed with many of the worlds leading ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Worth, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico; the Israel, Warsaw, and Royal Philharmonics; RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin), Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (Torino), São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), Moscow State Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Marin Alsop, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, James Conlon, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Ken-David Masur, Juanjo Mena, Jorge Mester, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Robert Spano, Klaus Tennstedt, and Jaap van Zweden, among many others. His concert tours have taken him to Asia, North, Central and South America, and Europe, where he has performed in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Stuttgart, and Torino. 


About Mariachi Los Camperos 

The Grammy award-winning ensemble, Mariachi Los Camperos was founded in 1961 by Jose Natividad NatiCano Ruiz. Mr. Cano played a fundamental role in the development of mariachi music in the United States by training and mentoring new generations of mariachi musicians. The Mariachi Giantwas a visionary leader that wanted to take the mariachi performance out of customary locations such as Cantinas and into concert halls where celebrities performed. Nati Cano fulfilled his dream by presenting Los Camperos and performing at casinos in Las Vegas, Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe and other places where mariachis had never previously performed. Los Camperos became well known and in 1964, they were the first Mariachi to perform in New Yorks Carnegie Hall. In 1969, Mr. Cano opened the first ever Mariachi Dine and Show at La Fonda Casa de Los Camperosnow known as a Landmark in the city of Los Angeles, California. Today, mariachi restaurants all over the world are modeled after La Fonda. 

Mariachi Los Camperos, one of the most popular mariachi ensembles in the world, is noted for innovative shows and distinction as a concert ensemble. The group has performed for over 60 years on stage and television, including various PBS specials, In Performance at the White House,” “The Spirit of Mexico,” “Viva La Tradicionand others. Motion pictures such as: Sex in the City 2,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Jerry Maguireand many more. The Grammy Award-winning ensemble has recorded and performed with many artists including Pedro Fernandez, Pepe Aguilar, Angeles Ochoa, Eugenia Leon, Lila Downs, Alejandro Fernandez, Luis Miguel and many more. Including, the collaboration on Linda Ronstadts 1987 milestone album, Canciones de Mi Padreand Ronstadts sequel album, Mas Canciones(released in 1992), they toured with the singer nationwide. 

On October 3rd, 2014, Los Camperos mourned the death of Nati Cano. His passing was greatly felt by followers, students and performers worldwide. Mr. Cano left the group to the musical director, Jesus Chuy” Guzman whom has served as the musical director since 1992. 

Chuy Guzman is known for his musical arrangements that highlight the skills and voices of the group. He is widely recognized as arranger, director, instructor, and musician in the genre of Mariachi music. Mr. Guzman has served as head instructor for numerous international mariachi festivals in the United States and Mexico. He is the Musical Director for the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program (MMAP) in San Fernando and continues as the instructor for Music of Mexico, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Under Guzmans direction, in 2006, Mariachi Los Camperos received a Grammy nomination for their Album Llegaron Los Camperos.In 2008, Mariachi Los Camperos took home a Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album with Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas.They later released a 2015 Grammy-nominated musical tribute to Nati Cano called: Tradición, Arte, y Pasión, this album gave Mariachi Los Camperos a Grammy nomination. Determined for a Grammy Award, in January 2020 at the 62nd Grammy award celebration, Mariachi Los Camperos took home another Grammy Award with their album release De Ayer Para Siemprefor Best Regional Mexican Music Album. 


About the Madison Symphony Orchestra

The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 99th season in 2024–2025. The MSO has grown to be one of America’s leading regional orchestras, providing Madison and south-central Wisconsin with cultural and educational opportunities to interact with great symphonic repertoire and top-tier guest artists from around the world. 2023–2024 is Music Director John DeMain’s 30th anniversary season. The MSO’s 100th anniversary season celebration will take place during the 2025–2026 season. Learn more at madisonsymphony.org 


Major funding for Fiesta Finaleis provided by the Irving & Dorothy Levy Family Foundation, Inc., Carla and Fernando Alvarado, and Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner. Additional funding provided by Patricia Brady and Robert Smith, The Burish Group at UBS, DeWitt LLP, Mary Lang Sollinger, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.[Text Wrapping Break] 


Contact: Peter Rodgers, Director of Marketing 

Phone: (608) 260-8680 x226 

Mobile: (415) 713-0235 

Email: prodgers@madisonsymphony.org 

Web: madisonsymphony.org 

Link to 23-24 symphony season photos: https://bit.ly/mso23-24symphonyphotos 

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