February 1, 2023 (updated February 14, 2023)


February Madison Symphony Orchestra Concerts feature the debut of Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor Performing Beethoven

February 17, 18 & 19 in Overture Hall


Madison, Wis. – The Madison Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) 22/23 Subscription Symphony Season continues in Overture Hall in February with “Heroic Piano & Premiere” as pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Overture Hall debut to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program opens with a thrilling premiere by the Madison Symphony of Jessie Montgomery’s Coincident Dances, and closes with Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No.6.

“I can’t wait to experience one of the piano world’s newest stars as Benjamin Grosvenor plays the Beethoven third piano concerto.” Music Director John DeMain said when reflecting on this concert. “And we get to hear for the first time a work by Jessie Montgomery, who has taken the symphonic world by storm. We close the concert with one of my favorite composers, Antonín Dvořák, and the magnificent work that brought him international acclaim.”

About Benjamin Grosvenor
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his sonorous lyricism and understated brilliance at the keyboard. Benjamin has been heralded as one of the most important pianists to emerge from the UK in several decades. A pianist of widespread international acclaim, in the 21/22 Season he is Artist in Residence at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London with three varying projects. In 2011 Benjamin signed to Decca Classics, becoming the youngest British musician ever, and the first British pianist in almost 60 years, to sign to the label. Released in 2020, his second concerto album featuring Chopin’s piano concertos, recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the baton of Elim Chan, received both the Gramophone Concerto Award and a Diapason d’Or de L’Année, with Diapason’s critic declaring that the recording is “a version to rank among the best, and confirmation of an extraordinary artist.”

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. All ticket holders are welcome to attend a free half-hour pre-concert talk one hour before each performance by Swiggum in Overture Hall. Benjamin Grosvenor CDs will be available for purchase during the concert weekend. Mr Grosvenor will be available for autographs during intermissions.

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 “Heroic Piano & Premiere” concerts will take place February 17, 18 & 19 and ticket prices range from $20 to $98. More information is found at https://madisonsymphony.org/event/heroic-piano-premiere/.

Health & Safety Precautions
Masks are optional but strongly encouraged in the lobby, during all performances, and at the post-concert receptions. Proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter Overture Center. More information about the many safety protocols can be found at overture.org/health, and madisonsymphony.org/health.

Money Back Guarantee
The MSO will continue to offer a refund for tickets to any concert that cannot be performed for any reason. The MSO will adhere to all public health guidelines and cooperate with Overture Center for the Arts for the safety of its audiences, musicians and staff. Programs, dates, and artists subject to change.

About the Madison Symphony Orchestra
The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 98th season in 2023–2024. 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. 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

The presenting sponsor for “Heroic Piano & Premiere” is Myrna Larson. Major funding is provided by the Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, Stephen D. Morton, Madison Gas & Electric Foundation, Inc., and Elaine and Nicholas Mischler. Additional funding is provided by DeWitt LLP, Ronald J. and Janet E. Johnson, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Contact: Peter Rodgers, Director of Marketing
Phone: (608) 260-8680 x226
Mobile: (415) 713-0235
Email: prodgers@madisonsymphony.org
Web: madisonsymphony.org
Link to 22-23 Symphony Season photos: https://bit.ly/mso-22-23-season-photos

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