During the week leading up to the 2019-2020 season premiere “Love, Lust & Redemption” concerts on September 27, 28 & 29, the Madison Symphony Orchestra League sponsored a pre-concert members-only “pop up” event to meet Greg Zelek. Greg is the Principal Organist and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ, preparing for his debut as a soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra performing Barber’s organ concerto Toccata Festiva.

Thanks to Janet Cabot, Amanda Dill, Darcy Kind, Susan Lee, Beth Rahko and Peter Rodgers for assisting. A special thanks to Greg Zelek for taking time to visit with MSOL members during his busy performance week.

Guests were treated to stories about preparing for the Barber work he was about to perform, illustrating his approaches to rehearsing, and demonstrating his techniques live on the piano. View the 5-minute video takes you on a lively journey from practice to reflections about his creative process: