“There’s no one like John DeMain. In my opinion, he’s one of the top conductors in the world.”
– Jake Heggie, American Composer
“The most compelling element was the [MSO’s] strings, incisive in Vaughan Williams…but warm and plush as appropriate. In that respect it was tempting to compare this regional orchestra even with a major international ensemble, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra…” – The New York Times
The mission of the Madison Symphony Orchestra is to produce high-quality concerts of instrumental, vocal and choral music; to educate and entertain audience members of all ages in the Madison area and beyond; and to advocate music as a universal language of human expression and understanding.
The Symphony is always affordable with subscription packages beginning at just $10 a ticket, single tickets beginning at $16.50 and extra discounts for seniors and students. Student Rush Tickets offer the best available seats for just $12 or $15 on the day of Symphony performances.
THE OVERTURE CONCERT ORGAN
The MSO owns and curates the Overture Concert Organ, offering both ticketed and free performances throughout the year, including a four-concert subscription season, the Free Farmers’ Market Concerts, Free Community Hymn Sings, and Free Community Christmas Carol Sing. This awe-inspiring instrument was commissioned by the MSO and built by Orgelbau Klais of Bonn, Germany.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The MSO’s Education and Community Education Programs offer the life-long gift of music to more than 25,000 children, adults, and individuals with special needs each year. Directed by renowned music educator Michelle Kaebisch, the programs are consistently recognized for excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, the League of American Orchestras, and the International Society for the Arts in Healthcare.
PARTNERSHIPS AND PROGRAMMING WITH WPT AND WPR
The Madison Symphony Orchestra is proud to partner with Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio to bring you Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte, encore performances of Symphony performances, and episodes of Live at Overture. Stay engaged and watch for upcoming programming at MadisonSymphony.org/calendar.
A rich and entertaining Special Events Schedule continues throughout the year, giving everyone the chance to enjoy the beauty of music.
MSO Trombonist and Program Notes Annotator, Michael Allsen, prepared a comprehensive history of the orchestra through its 75th anniversary season (2000-2001). His historical pages also contain links to recent articles he has contributed to the Wisconsin State Journal.