April 9, 2020 (updated May 1, 2020)

Madison Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Events — April, May, and June 2020 Updates


Madison, Wis. The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has canceled or postponed concerts and events that would have taken place in April, May, and June 2020 in response to the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

“We have been continuously monitoring the latest news and guidance from our public officials throughout this pandemic,” Executive Director Rick Mackie expressed. “All of us here at the MSO are saddened not to be able to share our final two symphony concerts, and organ season finale performance with our audiences and community. It is with confidence and optimism, that we look forward to welcoming you back to the beautiful experience of concerts in Overture Hall that are a part of both our 20/21 “Beethoven & Beyond” symphony season and new organ series that begin this September.”

April and May Concert Cancellations and Ticket Options

The MSO’s April 3, 4, 5, 2020 “Dvořák Requiem” 2019–2020 subscription season concerts were canceled last month due to the closure of Overture Center through April 24, 2020, and the recommendations of local, state and national officials. Ticketholders were notified and given the option of donating their tickets back to the Symphony, exchanging tickets for a new 20/21 season concert, or requesting a refund. MSO is grateful that a majority of people have chosen to donate their tickets to date.

The Symphony’s May 1, 2, 3, 2020 “Piano Power” season finale concerts are also now canceled. Patrons who have tickets for these subscription season concerts received an email today giving them the options to donate, exchange or receive a refund. Due to the cancellation of the concerts, the Open Rehearsal scheduled for Thursday, April 30 will also not take place.

Support for our Musicians

The care of the Board of Directors for the well-being and sustenance of our artists has been manifest from the outset of the coronavirus emergency. We understand that the musicians will need our help keeping their lives together. The decision was made to pay the musicians of the orchestra for both the April and May subscription concerts.

May 5, 2020 Overture Concert Organ Performance Postponed

The May 5, 2020 Overture Concert Organ performance, “Greg Zelek with the Diapason Brass & Timpani” is now postponed. When a new date is secured, we will notify ticketholders about their options.

Education Events

MSO’s Education and Community Engagement Programs, including Symphony Soup scheduled for May 19, and Link Up scheduled for May 21, have been canceled for this year. HeartStrings® and Up Close & Musical® events have previously been canceled.

2020 June Concert on the Green and Symphony Gala

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League’s 2020 Concert on the Green annual fundraiser that was scheduled to take place on Monday, June 15, has been canceled for this year. The League’s event committee is already working on plans to bring the event back in 2021. More information about the date for the event next year will be announced as soon as it is available. In addition to the Concert on the Green, the 2020 Symphony Gala scheduled for September has also been canceled and now planned to take place in the fall of 2021.

Helpful links to more information about Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts and events.
April 3, 4, 5 and May 1, 2, 3 symphony season concerts, ticket options
May 5 organ performance postponement
2020 Concert on the Green
Upcoming Concerts & Events page (updated continually)
Learn more about MSO’s Education and Community Engagement Programs
View the new 20/21 “Ode to Joy, Beethoven & Beyond” season that starts in September, 2020 (subscriptions available now)

The MSO continuously composes and presents a series of News & Stories at https://madisonsymphony.org/news-stories/ to keep the essential connection with its staff, audiences, artists and community alive. Explore two recent stories of note.
April 30, 2020, Experience Dvořák’s Requiem Virtually
March 27, 2020, A Message from John DeMain


The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 95th season in 2020–2021. 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 masterworks and top-tier guest artists from around the world. Learn more at madisonsymphony.org

Orchestra and John DeMain photos: http://bit.ly/mso19-20symphonyphotos
Symphony season photos: http://bit.ly/mso19-20symphonyphotos
Organ season photos: http://bit.ly/mso19-20organphotos

Peter Rodgers, Director of Marketing
Phone: (608) 260-8680 x226
Mobile: (415) 713-0235
Email: prodgers@madisonsymphony.org

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