THE GIFT OF PLEASANT T. ROWLAND
The instrument is featured in the MSO Christmas concerts and in the April 4-6 MSO concert with organist Nathan Laube, who will perform Jongen's Symphonie Concertante
. In addition to the Overture Concert Organ Season, the organ is featured in the Free Farmers’ Market Concert series with three summer events and in the Free Community Hymn Sings, which take place four times per season.
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Commissioned by the MSO in July 2001, the Overture Concert Organ was designed and built by the German firm of Orgelbau Klais, and is among the most significant new organ installations in America. Learn more
The organ expands the number and variety of works that the MSO is able to perform. "There is a treasure trove of more than 300 works for organ, from every period and from the pens of many well-known classical composers, that Madison will get to hear for the first time thanks to this magnificent instrument." John DeMain
Friends of the Overture Concert Organ is a group of individuals who are dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Overture Concert Organ for generations to come. Their annual gifts support organ programming, performances, maintenance, tuning and outreach programs to bring the joy of organ music to an ever-widening audience of all ages. Learn more
The Overture Concert Organ was made possible through an unprecedented $2.95 million in private contributions to the MSO: $1.1 million from Pleasant T. Rowland for the instrument; $1 million from Diane Endres Ballweg for programming and education; $500,000 from an anonymous donor to endow the Wayne Curtis & Maybelle Slavens Hall and Francis Vincent & Lettie von Kalweit Dunnebacke Organ Curatorship (a position held by MSO Resident Organist Samuel Hutchison); gifts from The Malmquist Family and two anonymous donors.