Our September 24–25 concerts showcased our incredible Symphony string section, the Rhapsodie Quartet, and Principal Organist Greg Zelek. We celebrated our triumphant return to Overture Hall after 18 months with Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Read the reviews and view media coverage of the concerts!


“The MSO is back and it’s really good to be back home in the family​.”

– Bill Wineke, Channel 3000
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“The string players rose to the occasion and delivered a powerful concert that whets the appetite for a fantastic season on the horizon.”

– Matt Ambrosio, Cap Times
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What concert attendees had to say…

“We were swept away by the music.”

“Live music performance, at last!”

“The music was beautiful, and the experience of being back to hear it in person was inspiring.”

“It was such a glorious experience being back in the Overture Hall after the prolonged absence due to the pandemic. One could just feel the sense of joy in the audience and orchestra.”

“It was wonderful to see live music again!”

“Felt rejuvenated after missing live concerts for more than a year and a half.”

“It was wonderful to hear live music in person. Very happy with your covid protocols. It felt safe to be in a large group setting knowing that everyone was screened for vaccination and wearing masks.”

“Glad to be back in Overture after this hiatus.”

“First time in Overture Center. Wow! Beautiful venue. Also, appreciated the vaccination requirement. The security staff handled that very well.”

“Clearly these musicians didn’t take a year off.”

“Madison has a phenomenal orchestra!”

“I am an RN working with the elderly. If you did not require masks and vaccinations/negative test, I could not be in the audience.”

“Thanks to the orchestra for providing good public health protocols to help me feel comfortable in returning to a large public venue.”

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Thank you to our generous concert sponsors!

Major funding provided by
BMO Harris Bank
Ernest and Louise Borden
Madison Symphony Orchestra League

Additional funding provided by
Martha and Charles Casey
Gale Meyer and Barbara Melchert
Wisconsin Arts Board
with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts