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The Madison Symphony Orchestra League's Symphony Gala will be Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Madison Concourse Hotel.
Join us for a very festive evening of celebration with Greece-inspired decor and menu in tribute to the recipient of this year’s John DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music: Valerie Kazamias
Begin the evening by listening to the John Schaffer Trio and don’t be surprised if you hear some Greek musical stylings! Then, enjoy a special Greek three-course dinner and performance by the Hunt Quartet. This quartet of outstanding, young string musicians performs regularly in the schools with K-3 students in the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Up Close & Musical® program. The presentation to the Award honoree immediately follows dinner and the musical performance. Linger after dinner with friends in the ballroom over cordials and more music from the John Schaffer Trio.


This is the second annual John DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music. The Madison Symphony Orchestra presents the award to recognize an individual or individuals for their longstanding and unwavering support of the League, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and music in the community.


See the opportunities for individual and corporate sponsorships here.


Master of Ceremonies - Anders Yocom, Wisconsin Public Radio host
6:00 - Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and music by the John Schaffer Trio
7:00 - Dinner, performance by the Hunt Quartet and award presentation
9:00 - Complimentary coffee, cordials, and music by the John Schaffer Trio


Hors d'oeuvres - Mezedes
(Fig stuffed with blue cheese, cherry tomatoes stuffed with feta cheese, bacon wrapped dates, Tiropitakia - miniature Greek cheese pie)
Appetizer - Orektika
(Stuffed grape leaves, Feta cheese, Melitzanosalata and hummus with crudités & pita triangles, Kalamata olives, Phyllo bites)
Entrée - Kyrio Plato: Souvlaki (Skewered marinated beef, chicken or vegetable- Choose one on order form. Served on a bed of Spanakorizo (rice) and Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini
Dessert - Epithorpion (Creme Caramel)

Please indicate your entree choice along with any dietary restrictions on the order form when you make your reservation.

Wine -
Red - Saint George 2012
Skouras Winery, Nemea, Protected Designation of Origin
Red wine has been produced for centuries from the mountains and valleys surrounding the small village of Nemea, located in the northeastern corner of the Peloponnese peninsula (Aromatic, soft tannins, balanced acidity)

White - Moscofilero 2014
Skouras Winery, Protected Geographical Indication Peloponnese
Domaine Skouras, near the city of Argos on the Peloponnese peninsula, focuses on the indigenous Greek grapes, such as this wine made from the ancient grape Moscofilero (Crisp, refreshing, elegant, floral, but dry)

Coffee and Tea


The Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703
Black tie optional
Directions and Parking
Complimentary parking (on a space available basis) will be offered at the hotel’s indoor garage.
Please note, complimentary parking is only available at the hotel.
Unleash your Inner Conductor!
Attend the Gala and you can bid in the silent auction on a one-hour conducting lesson with Maestro John DeMain AND the opportunity to conduct at the June 2016 Concert on the Green. Our Madison Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Grammy and Tony Award-winning conductor is donating his time and talent. Bidding opens at $1,000. For any music lover this will be a rare and priceless opportunity.
Individual tickets are $150 per person ($85.00 tax deductible) or $1,200 for a table of eight ($680.00 tax deductible).
Please reserve your spot by Friday, September 11, 2015.
The Madison Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of more than 300 dedicated men and women who are committed to support the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Love the Symphony, Join the League! The MSOL presents the Symphony Gala as a benefit and all proceeds support the MSO's nationally recognized Education and Community Engagement Programs. These programs enrich the cultural life of the entire community and help build the future of the art form we all love so much.