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September 15, 2019 (updated, October 21, 2019)
Dynamic Duo, Organist Michael Hey and Violinist Christiana Liberis — Performance Includes Works by Bach and Kreisler
Madison Symphony Orchestra Overture Concert Organ Performance, Tuesday, October 22
Madison, Wis. – The series continues Tuesday, October 22, 2019 with St. Patrick’s Cathedral Organist Michael Hey and violinist Christiana Liberis, demonstrating the versatility of the organ with a diverse program of music for both violin, as well as solo organ, including Bach’s famous Violin Concerto in E Major and Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro.
The performance will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, at 201 State Street.
Having known Hey from their Juilliard days together, MSO Principal Organist Greg Zelek shares great joy in introducing the dynamic duo. “With a program that includes Bach’s famous Violin Concerto in E major and Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro, these two artists will have the opportunity to show off their individual skills while blending our Klais with the beautiful tones of the violin.”
About Michael Hey
Described as “scintillating” and “tremendously virtuosic” (The Straits Times, Singapore, 2016), concert organist Michael Hey has been increasingly visible on U.S. and international concert stages.
In September 2017, Michael received first prize in the First Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Organ Competition, held at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Theater. Released in October 2017, Michael’s premiere solo CD recording Michael T. C. Hey plays the Great Organ of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York is available for purchase by the JAV recording label.
In 2016 and 2017, Michael appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra. In 2014 he was the featured organ soloist for the New York City Ballet’s newly commissioned work Acheron. Set to the music of Francis Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, his performance at its premiere was “vividly played” (The New York Times). Michael has also performed at notable venues such as Lincoln Center (New York), Carnegie Hall (New York), Madison Square Garden (New York), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), the Esplanade (Singapore), and the New World Symphony (Miami).
About Christiana Liberis
Born in Italy of Italian, Greek, and Polish heritage, violinist/violist Christiana Liberis is a performer of international reach. Recognized for her captivating tone and deeply enthralling musical interpretations, she has performed to acclaim, transporting audiences with her performances of traditional forms of classical music as well as more postmodern and popular idioms. Versatile in diverse musical genres, Christiana has collaborated in concert engagements across the globe and has mastered the art of playing in many different capabilities; not limited to the more well-known classical forms of solo, chamber, symphonic, opera, and ballet, but also in tango, jazz, Broadway, electric improvisation, and other eclectic styles.
Having performed on a worldwide level in major concert venues, TV, and radio broadcasts as well as on motion picture and independent film soundtracks, she can also be frequently seen performing regularly with different ensembles all over NYC (where she is currently based) at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the Beacon Theater and Madison Square Garden, to Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, Radio City Music Hall, Webster Hall, and Hammerstein Ballroom, among many others. Adept at playing in an array of different capacities, she is equally comfortable performing in a classical vein as guest concertmaster or section leader for orchestras, playing chamber music, or collaborating with dance ensembles as she is playing solo in recital or sharing the stage with major pop stars for sold out audiences.
Tickets may be purchased in the following ways:
- Single Tickets are available for $20 each and can be purchased now at https://www.overture.org, through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street, or by calling the Box Office at (608) 258-4141.
- Groups of 10 or more can save 25% by calling the MSO office at (608) 257-3734. For more information, visit, https://www.madisonsymphony.org/groups.
- Student rush tickets can be purchased in person on the day of the concert at the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street. Students must show a valid student ID and can receive up to two tickets for $10 each. More information is at: https://madisonsymphony.org/concerts-events/buy-tickets/offers-discounts/
About the Overture Concert Organ Season
The Overture Concert Organ is owned by the Madison Symphony Orchestra and is the stunning backdrop of all MSO concerts. It is programmed and curated by MSO Principal Organist, Greg Zelek. In addition to the Overture Concert Organ Season, the organ is featured in a variety of free events, such as the community Carol and Hymn Sings. Discover more: https://madisonsymphony.org/about/mission-history/
The 19-20 Organ Concert Season is composed by Greg Zelek, featuring guest musicians on both the Overture Concert Organ and accompanying instruments. This season, esteemed organists and guests alike convey power and emotion through the impressive Klais Organ, providing a venue for one of the most significant and recently commissioned organ installations in the country. Discover more about the 19-20 season: https://madisonsymphony.org/concerts-events/overture-concert-organ-performances
This performance is sponsored by Walter and Karen Pridham Charitable Fund, and Friends of the Overture Concert. Support for all Overture Concert Organ programs is provided by the Diane Endres Ballweg Fund. With a gift from Pleasant T. Rowland, the Madison Symphony Orchestra commissioned the Overture Concert Organ.
About the Madison Symphony Orchestra
The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 94th season in 2019–2020. 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. Discover more: https://madisonsymphony.org/
2019-2002 Overture Concert Organ Season 19-20 photos: http://bit.ly/mso19-20organphotos
Programs, dates, and artists are subject to change.
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