Our September 27–29 concerts featured Principal Organist Greg Zelek as soloist with the orchestra for the first time. Other selections included pieces by Wagner, Debussy, and Dvořák. Relive all the moments — view dozens of photos and read the reviews!


“The Toccata Zelek played drew on every virtuoso talent the organist possesses, including something of a mini-performance played only on the foot pedals.”

– Bill Wineke, Channel 3000
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“It was a treat to once again see the organ front and center and be able to watch Zelek flit and stab at the stops in the blink of an eye.”

– Greg Hettmansberger
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“The virtuosic Zelek… brought huge applause and a long standing ovation, then an encore and another standing ovation..”

–Jake Stockinger, The Well-Tempered Ear
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“A gracious performer, Zelek gave an equally impressive encore that closed the first act of the concert with a bang.”

– Matt Ambrosio, Cap Times
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Watch a video interview with Greg Zelek
Greg spoke about preparing for his debut performance as a soloist with the orchestra at a Madison Symphony Orchestra League pre-concert event. This 5-minute edit takes you on a lively journey from practice to reflections about his creative process.



Love, Lust & Redemption
Wagner and Debussy explored tonal sensuality, and Dvořák prayed that his paean to the Czech nation would “move the world” (it did). But Barber’s powerful Toccata will move you in Greg Zelek’s masterful performance on the Colossal Klais. Read more about the program on the event page.

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!

Major funding provided by
Wisconsin State Journal and Madison.com
Diane Ballweg
Carla and Fernando Alvarado
Elaine and Nicholas Mischler

Additional funding provided by
Jane Hamblen and Robert F. Lemanske
James and Joan Johnston
Skofronick Family Charitable Trust
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts

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