This story first appeared in the Fall 2022 edition of The Score.
On Monday, June 20, 2022, the Madison Symphony Orchestra League presented the 26th Annual Concert on the Green at Bishops Bay on the shore of beautiful Lake Mendota. Concert on the Green is the MSOL’s most longstanding and successful fundraiser, presented as a benefit for the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Education and Community Engagement Programs. This year’s Concert on the Green was all the more special because the event was not held in either of the previous two summers due to the pandemic, and because, despite the heat, there was no rain all day! My husband, Peter Rahko, and I served as this year’s Co-Chairs. We would like to extend a very special thanks to the Concert on the Green Committee, the MSO Staff, and the many volunteers who orchestrated this wonderful event.
The day began with a scramble format golf tournament involving 120 golfers playing 18 holes (the highest number of golfers in recent memory). The highlight of the day was the exuberant presence of Professor Mike Leckrone, UW Marching Band Director emeritus, who graciously served as our Honorary Golf Chair. Professor Leckrone was present throughout the day to greet golfers and pose for photos. Fabulous prizes were awarded, and a foursome from American Printing won the trophy. Special thanks to Carole Schaeffer, who chaired this year’s golf committee.
The evening festivities began with a cocktail hour at the clubhouse which included margaritas, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to participate in our annual Sweepstakes, which offered amazing prizes. Guests then moved under the large lakeside tent for a private concert by members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Associate Conductor Kyle Knox. The highlight of the concert was a stunning solo performance by 16-year-old violinist Clark Snavely, a winner of the 2022 Bolz Young Artist Competition. Professor Leckrone took the podium for one piece, as did special guest Lynn Van Campen, who won the opportunity to conduct the orchestra through a silent auction in 2018. Following the concert, guests enjoyed a gourmet picnic dinner served by the fabulous Bishops Bay staff. In total, over 430 guests attended the evening festivities, and many individuals responded generously to a double matching gift appeal that was announced from the stage.
We would like to thank all the generous businesses and individuals who sponsored the event, and everyone who golfed, attended the evening, and/or made gifts of support. In total, the 2022 Concert on the Green netted over $62,000!
– Beth Rahko,
Concert on the Green Co-Chair
View photos from the 2022 Concert on the Green!
All photos by Anya Kubilus