Friends of the Overture Concert Organ

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Friends of the Overture Concert Organ

The Madison Symphony Orchestra owns and exclusively programs concerts for the Overture Concert Organ, which can be seen behind the orchestra during any of our concerts. We are one of the few orchestras in the country to curate an entire season of organ music, in addition to our main stage concerts. The Overture Concert Organ is an incredible, unique instrument which provides us the opportunity to share with our community an important branch of classical music.

Friends of the Overture Concert Organ play an important role in supporting organ programming. Through their annual memberships, they help:

  • Bring you live performances by some of the best organists in the world
  • Produce a variety of free education and outreach programs including demonstrations and masterclasses, to benefit our community
  • Tune and maintain the Overture Concert Organ

Consider becoming a Friends of the Overture Concert Organ (FOCO) member to show your support of this truly unique aspect of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Memberships begin at $35. More information about membership levels can be found below.

Friends of the Overture Concert Organ operates as part of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the MSO are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Friends of the Overture Concert Organ Member Benefits

Friend: $35
Benefits Available to Members at the Friend Level
  • Recognition in organ concert program books
  • The Stoplist – special member communication
  • Advance invitation to Showcasing the Organ events
  • Invitation to one organ concert reception
Choir: $85
Benefits Available to Members at the Choir Level
  • Recognition in Madison Symphony Orchestra program books
  • Invitations to all organ concert receptions
Plus Benefits from the Previous Level
  • Recognition in organ concert program books
  • The Stoplist – special member communication
  • Advance invitation to Showcasing the Organ events
Swell: $150
Benefits Available to Members at the Swell Level
  • Two complimentary beverage vouchers redeemable before or during any subscription organ concert*
Plus Benefits from Previous Levels
  • Recognition in organ concert program books
  • The Stoplist – special member communication
  • Advance invitation to Showcasing the Organ events
  • Recognition in Madison Symphony Orchestra program books
  • Invitations to all organ concert receptions

*Benefits marked with an asterisk (*) have a fair market value and may reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. Check with your financial advisor for details regarding your eligibility to receive these benefits if you make your gift through a donor-advised fund or private foundation.

Great: $300
Benefits Available to Members at the Great Level
  • Invitation to a special member appreciation event
Plus Benefits from Previous Levels
  • Recognition in organ concert program books
  • The Stoplist – special member communication
  • Advance invitation to Showcasing the Organ events
  • Recognition in Madison Symphony Orchestra program books
  • Invitations to all organ concert receptions
  • Two complimentary beverage vouchers redeemable before or during any subscription organ concert*

*Benefits marked with an asterisk (*) have a fair market value and may reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. Check with your financial advisor for details regarding your eligibility to receive these benefits if you make your gift through a donor-advised fund or private foundation.

J.S. Bach Society: $550
Benefits Available to Members of the J.S. Bach Society
  • Private, reserved parking* for organ concerts and events
  • Invitation to a privately arranged on-stage organ experience
Plus Benefits from Previous Levels
  • Recognition in organ concert program books
  • The Stoplist – special member communication
  • Advance invitation to Showcasing the Organ events
  • Recognition in Madison Symphony Orchestra program books
  • Invitations to all organ concert receptions
  • Two complimentary beverage vouchers redeemable before or during any subscription organ concert*
  • Invitation to a special member appreciation event

*Benefits marked with an asterisk (*) have a fair market value and may reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. Check with your financial advisor for details regarding your eligibility to receive these benefits if you make your gift through a donor-advised fund or private foundation.

Curator Circle: $1,000 and Above
Benefits Available to Members of the Curator Circle
  • Custom benefits according to your interests
Plus Benefits from Previous Levels
  • Recognition in organ concert program books
  • The Stoplist – special member communication
  • Advance invitation to Showcasing the Organ events
  • Recognition in Madison Symphony Orchestra program books
  • Invitations to all organ concert receptions
  • Two complimentary beverage vouchers redeemable before or during any subscription organ concert*
  • Invitation to a special member appreciation event
  • Private, reserved parking* for organ concerts and events
  • Invitation to a privately arranged on-stage organ experience

*Benefits marked with an asterisk (*) have a fair market value and may reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. Check with your financial advisor for details regarding your eligibility to receive these benefits if you make your gift through a donor-advised fund or private foundation.

Other ways to give
Give by phone

Call our office at (608) 257-3734 to make a membership gift by credit card over the phone.

Mail your gift

Make your check payable to:

Friends of the Overture Concert Organ
Attn: Manager of Individual Giving
222 W. Washington Ave., Suite 460
Madison, WI 53703

Make a gift of stock

The MSO is able to accept gifts of stock. Click here for detailed instructions on how to make a membership gift of stock.

Employer Matching Gifts

Many companies will match gifts of current and/or retired employees. Check with your Personnel, Benefits, or Community Relations department to find out if your employer will match your gift

Donor Advised Fund

To make a gift through your Donor-Advised Fund held by Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund, click here.

If your Donor-Advised Fund is held by a different financial institution, such as the Madison Community Foundation, contact them directly to make your gift.

Please note, these gifts may not be eligible for tangible benefits. Check with your financial adviser.

Friends of the Overture Concert Organ operates as part of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Please include Friends of the Overture Concert Organ or FOCO in the gift designation.

IRA Distribution

Individuals who are 70 ½ or older can make tax free gifts of up to $100,000 each year to the MSO directly from their Individual Retirement Accounts. Consult your financial advisor for more information.

2019 Voices of Spring

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Overture Hall

Save the date to join us on the Overture Hall Stage for dinner and magnificent music with MSO Principal Organist Greg Zelek. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Organ Endowment. Learn more.

Contact
Jeff Breisach, Manager of Individual Giving, at jbreisach@madisonsymphony.org or (608) 260-8680 ext. 233.