January 9, 2023

January Madison Symphony Orchestra Concerts Feature the Return of Pianist Yefim Bronfman
January 20, 21, 22 in Overture Hall


Madison, Wis. – The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) presents its first concerts of 2023 with Towering Piano & Virtuosity in Overture Hall on January 20, 21, & 22. Pianist Yefim Bronfman returns for his fourth appearance with the MSO, this time to perform Sergei Rachamninoff’s virtuoso showpiece, Piano Concerto No. 3. The program also features two pieces that the MSO has never played: Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Béla Bartók’s Suite from “The Miraculous Mandarin.”

“Yefim Bronfman could clearly climb any mountain of piano literature on his own, but being his climbing partners on this Mt. Everest of concertos will make for an incomparable performance of Rachmaninoff’s towering opus,” Music Director John DeMain said. “A first MSO performance of Schubert’s exuberant third symphony, and a first performance of Bartók’s suite from his ballet will challenge our fine orchestra to a fiery display of orchestral virtuosity.”

About Yefim Bronfman
Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike. Bronfman works regularly with an illustrious group of conductors, and summer engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of Europe and the US. Always keen to explore chamber music repertoire, his partners have included Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Pahud and many others. He has also given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and Asia, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993. Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, Mr. Bronfman has been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartok Piano Concerti.

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 Michael Allsen in Overture Hall.

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 “Towering Piano & Virtuosity” concerts will take place January 20, 21, & 22 and ticket prices range from $20 to $98. More information is found at https://madisonsymphony.org/bronfman

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

Major funding for “Towering Piano & Virtuosity” is provided by Irving and Dorothy Levy Family Foundation, Inc., Boardman & Clark LLP, Fred Mohs, and University Research Park. Additional funding is provided by John A. Johnson Foundation, Inc., a component fund of the Madison Community Foundation, 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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