Beyond the Score® Elgar: Enigma Variations
One Performance Only
Live actors | Visual projections |
Entire work performed in the second half
This special concert may be added to your subscription order. Single tickets go on sale to the public Sat., Aug. 12, 2017.
Tickets: $15-$65| View seating and pricing charts.
Sun., Mar. 18, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
Elgar | Enigma Variations
John DeMain, Conductor
James Ridge, Actor
Colleen Madden, Actor
Brian Mani, Actor
Norman Gilliland, Narrator
James Ridge, Colleen Madden, and Brian Mani from American Players Theatre, and Norman Gilliland from Wisconsin Public Radio appear with the MSO for this
exciting and insightful production.
Beyond the Score®
Discover what inspired the creation of this great work of art. Beyond the Score® is a multimedia experience that reveals
the illuminating stories found “inside”
the score. The first half of the program
features live actors, visual illustrations, and
musical examples. Following intermission,
you’ll experience Elgar’s Enigma Variations
in its entirety—listening with a deeper
understanding of the composer and the music.
What Secret? is still somewhat of a mystery,
though the seeds of Edward Elgar’s work grew
from an improvisation to which his wife Alice
remarked “That’s a good tune. What is it?” To
which he replied “Nothing yet.” Elgar continued
to improvise and imagine what his friends
would do with the tune. What came about was
his much-loved Enigma Variations, depicting
“friends pictured within,” and tagging their
initials and nicknames to each of the variations.
This Beyond the Score® performance
delves into those special personalities that
are the basis for this most famous and
heart-warming musical masterpiece.
Read the Program Notes
Read more about the music you'll hear live at the Symphony!
Beyond the Score® is a production of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Gerard McBurney, Creative Director for Beyond the Score®
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS
Wisconsin Arts Board funding comes with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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John A. Johnson Foundation,
component fund of the
Madison Community Foundation
Fred A. Wileman