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Next MSOL Connect: Thursday, September 24, 2020

Music and our brains have a special relationship. Explore the fascinating connection between the two at our next MSOL Connect on Thursday, September 24 when Steve Kurr presents “Music and the Brain.” Learn about music’s effects on how we learn, interact and age, and on the growing field of music therapy. The event is open to all MSOL members and is free — members will receive a link to register in their emails. If you’re not already a member, learn more and join today! Registration will close Tuesday, September 22, at 3:00 p.m. Register here.

View past MSOL Connect Recordings!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Music has come a long way since the Gregorian Chants of the Middle Ages, and our August 20th MSOL Connect will tell you how! Steve Kurr will present “A Brief History of Music: A Review of The 6 Periods in Classical Music,” and share what defines each period and how each contributed to the music we listen to today. View the recording of the event and other resources from the evening:

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Michael Wu, Bolz Young Artist Competition participant and winner of The Finale Forte 2020 shared a performance from his home this summer. This two minute work — ‘Country Gardens’ — is arranged for solo piano by Percy Grainger. It’s a traditional English folk tune that was collected by Cecil Sharp in the early 20th-Century. The piece was first shared at the July 23, 2020 Madison Symphony Orchestra League “MSOL Connect” Zoom event. View the full recording of the event and stay tuned for information about the next MSOL Connect on August 20th!

Watch Michael Wu’s performance:

June 29: Humor & Classical Music was the second event, featuring the amusing aspects of classical music and how comedy is expressed in music. Steve Kurr led an exploration of the intersection of these seemingly separate subjects. Ranging from Medieval chant to modern parodies, he presented numerous examples of humor on several levels and helpful explanations of their musical and historical context. A recording of the event is available here, and slides with links to the musical examples are here.

June 15: Beethoven 250 was the inaugural event and featured Steve Kurr, a dynamic instructor, musicologist and conductor. He narrated an hour-long tour of the Life, Music and Legacy of Beethoven, with an in-depth review of the context and significance of his symphonic works. A recording of the event is available here.


Read the message from MSOL President Beth Rahko that was presented at the Madison Symphony Orchestra annual meeting on June 16, 2020.

Upcoming Events

Parties of Note

Reserve your parties now!

Concert on the Green


Symphony Gala


Our Parties of Note return in 2020 with old favorites and new adventures alike. Passports have been mailed, and you can register for parties online now

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League’s 2020 Concert on the Green annual fundraiser that was scheduled to take place on Monday, June 15 has been canceled for this year. The League’s event committee is already working on plans to bring the event back in 2021. More information about the date for the event next year will be announced as soon as it is available.

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League’s 2020 Symphony Gala that was scheduled to take place on Friday, September 11 has been canceled for this year. The League’s event committee is already working on plans for the event in 2021. More information about the date for the event next year will be announced as soon as it is available.

The following events have been canceled:

MSOL Behind the Music: Discovery Talk
Thursday, April 30

MSOL Spring Luncheon and Meeting
Thursday, May 14
MSOL Members: watch for an email with your member ballot to approve our slate of 2020- 2021 MSOL Board Officers.

Symphony Soup
Tuesday, May 19

Link Up
Thursday, May 21

Concert on the Green
Monday, June 15

Symphony Gala
Friday, September 11

Parties of Note
Several upcoming Parties are affected. Please visit this page for the latest information.

For more information on how the Madison Symphony is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

Love the Symphony? Join the League!

Part of the Madison community since 1956, the Madison Symphony Orchestra League (MSOL) is an organization of more than 350 members committed to supporting the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s artistic, financial and educational mission. Membership is open to all, and new members are welcome at any time!

Benefits of Membership

As a member, you’ll receive:

  • Invitations to exclusive member events including parties, luncheons, and concert previews
  • Monthly MSOL Member E-news highlighting activities and opportunities
  • Score newsletter from the MSO and MSOL
  • Membership Directory (Annual printed version; Online version updated monthly)

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MSOL Member Events

Members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra League receive access to special concert previews, lunches with musical performances, and other social events. Learn more about them below or volunteer to help plan an event.

Fellowship, Music, and More

Fall, Winter, and Spring Luncheons bring members together for food and fellowship, and feature MSO musicians or guest artists as performers or speakers. And a special Holiday Party is hosted by the League in December to celebrate the season.


Ladies Bridge Marathon, Men’s Bridge and Couples Bridge Marathon groups are popular with bridge-playing League members.

The MSOL Couples Bridge Marathon is gearing up for our 2019-2020 season! This group meets six times during the year between September and late April, ending with a dinner and bridge event at the Madison Club. If you are interested in joining our group, please call Marilyn Ebben (608-833-4683) for more information. Registration closes on August 15th.

Concert Previews

League members host these timely presentations, one or more each year, featuring a musician or music expert who highlights the concert repertoire.

MSOL Fundraising Events

The Madison Symphony Orchestra League is proud to support the award-winning Education and Community Engagement programs of the Madison Symphony Orchestra through a variety of annual fundraising events and activities. Learn more about them below.

Concert on the Green

Held at Bishops Bay Country Club each June, Concert on the Green features a golf outing in the morning followed by a cocktail party, concert, and gourmet picnic dinner in the evening.

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Symphony Gala

The Symphony Gala celebrates the opening of the Symphony season in September with a formal dinner, drinks, dancing, and live music. At this event, the John DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music is presented to recognize an individual or individuals for their longstanding and unwavering support of the League, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and music in the community.

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Parties of Note

Parties of Note are small parties, typically for 20-30 guests, with unique themes and venues. There are approximately 12 Parties of Note throughout the year.

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Non-Membership Gifts

We appreciate your gift to the MSOL, of any amount that is meaningful to you, to help support future Education and Community Engagement Programs of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Thank you!

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from a variety of Education and Community Engagement Programs, MSOL fundraising events, and donor appreciation gatherings where MSOL Members and volunteers contribute vital support.