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Symphony Gala

Our annual Symphony Gala, presented by the Madison Symphony Orchestra League, celebrates and supports our award-winning Education and Community Engagement Programs at the Madison Concourse Hotel. We hope you’ll join us on Friday, September 9.

Learn more & register by August 26


MSOL Behind the Music Discovery Talk — Free!

Friday, September 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
North Shore Condominiums, 350 S. Hamilton St.

RSVP by Friday, Sept. 12

Mozart loved to write for wind instruments, and particularly the oboe as evidenced by the prominent role of the instrument in his symphonies, operas, and concertos. However, he composed only one concerto for the instrument, written in Salzburg in 1777 for colleague Giuseppe Ferlandis. Although Ferlandis performed the work at its premier, the score and parts were seemingly lost until a set of orchestral parts was discovered in the Salzburg’s Mozarteum 150 years after the piece was first performed. Shortly after composing the oboe concerto, Mozart was commissioned to write two flute concertos, and perhaps because he enjoyed the oboe concerto (or perhaps he was pressed for time), he transposed the C major oboe concerto to D major for flute where it continues to be a mainstay in the repertoire.

Marc Fink will be performing this work on the opening concerts of the 2022-23 MSO season, September 23-25. Recently retired from MSO after 48 years in the orchestra, 32 years as principal oboist, Marc will share his insights into this beautiful work, its operatic style, performance challenges, and his cadenzas (Mozart expected the soloist to either improvise or write out the cadenza). Accompanying Marc on September 16 will be Beth Wilson, keyboard. The Behind the Music Discovery Talk is a free event to MSOL Members. Drinks and appetizers will be served following the presentation. However, because of limited space, registration is required no later than Friday, September 12.


MSOL Connect

MSOL Connect is a series of free one-hour online events created during the pandemic to keep MSOL members connected and engaged. Stay tuned for details about our next event! You can also watch any of our outstanding MSOL Connect programs again. Click here to explore past MSOL Connect events.


Parties of Note

The MSOL’s Parties of Note is a series of themed parties to benefit the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Registration opened on February 28 to MSOL members, but is open now to the public! Many parties have already sold out, but please click the green button below to learn more about this year’s events, see current availability and register or join waitlists.

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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.