Soprano Sylvia McNair, star of
Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera

Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, 8 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, 2:30 p.m.

A family friendly celebration to send your spirits soaring!
Come 45 minutes early and enjoy Christmas carols sung by the Madison Symphony Chorus in the magically lit Overture lobby.
Tickets: $16-$87| View seating and pricing charts.
3 Ways to Buy:
Online | (608) 258-4141 | In person at the Overture Center Box Office (201 State St.)*
*save the service fees when buying in person

Guest Artists

Sylvia McNair, Soprano
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Madison Youth Choirs, Michael Ross, Artistic Director
Mount Zion Gospel Choir, Tamera and Leotha Stanley, Directors

Music Program

Luke Waddinge | Sussex Carol (arr. Bradford)
Johann Sebastian Bach | Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens, BWV 148
Antonio Vivaldi | Violin Concerto No.4, Op.8, “Winter” (from The Four Seasons)
César Franck | Panis Angelicus
Mack Wilberg | One December Bright and Clear
Adolphe Adam | O Holy Night (arr. Eads)
Traditional | The First Noel (arr. Eads)
Lowry/Greene | Mary, Did You Know? (arr. Eads)
John Rutter | Magnificat (Mvts. 1, 5, & 7)
George Frideric Handel | Messiah (Hallelujah)
John Williams | Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas from Home Alone
James Pierpont | Jingle Bells (arr. Willcocks)
Frank Loesser | Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Foster/Thompson-Jenner | Grown-Up Christmas List (arr. Clydesdale)
Miller/Jackson (arr. Kessler) | Let There Be Peace On Earth (And Let It Begin With Me)
William Kirkpatrick/Robert MacGimsey | Away in a Manger/Sweet Little Jesus Boy (arr. Stanley)
Norman Hutchins | Emmanuel (arr. Stanley)
Leotha Stanley | The Joy of Christmas
“The symphony, chorus and choirs do such a great job with the Christmas classics we love so much…and with enchanting new music. We all leave feeling totally energized with the holiday spirit from this magical event!” —MSO Patron

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Read more about the music you'll hear live at the Symphony!


Major funding
provided by

Maurice and
Arlene Reese
Family Foundation

An Anonymous Friend

Additional funding
provided by

Colony Brands, Inc.

J.H. Findorff
& Son Inc.

Reinhart Boerner
Van Deuren s.c.

Hans and Mary
Lang Sollinger

Wisconsin Arts Board funding comes with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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