Ax is Back!

Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

I'm honored to open my 25th season with one of the world's great pianists, Emanuel Ax. Together we will collaborate on the monumental second piano concerto of Brahms. Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet is one of my favorite ballets and I want the audience to hear the absolute best excerpts from this amazing work, so I put together my own suite — a big orchestra piece that is truly breathtaking. — John DeMain
It's quick, easy and secure.

At (608) 257-3734
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To the MSO at 222 W. Washington Ave.,
Suite 460, Madison, WI 53703

Music Program

Higdon | Fanfare Ritmico
Brahms | Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev | Romeo and Juliet Suite


John DeMain, Conductor
Emanuel Ax, Piano

About Emanuel Ax

Emanuel Ax is considered one of the best-known concert pianists of the 21st century. Mr. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists followed by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize four years later.
He is a particular supporter of contemporary composers and has given three world premieres in the last few seasons; Century Rolls by John Adams, Seeing by Christopher Rouse and Red Silk Dance by Bright Sheng, as well as works by Krzysztof Penderecki, and Melinda Wagner. Mr. Ax regularly performs duo recitals with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and played quartets with Ma and violinists Isaac Stern and Jaime Laredo. Mr. Ax has received Grammy awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn's piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the L.v. Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano.
Mr. Ax is currently a faculty member of the Juilliard School of Music,a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of Yale University's Sanford Medal.
“Mr. Ax has always been a superb Brahmsian... His account of the Concerto No. 2 in B-flat helped make this warhorse sound fresh and alive.”
The New York Times

Read the Program Notes

Program notes will be available in August.

Prelude Discussion

Enjoy a 30-minute talk by music experts starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.


Presenting Sponsor

Joel and Kathryn Belaire

Major funding
provided by

Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc.

Irving and Dorothy Levy Family Foundation, Inc.

Rosemarie & Fred Blancke

David and Kato Perlman

Additional funding
provided by

Jeffrey and Angela Bartell