A Madison Symphony Christmas

Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 2, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

This family-friendly celebration is a perfect way to start the holiday season—a beloved community tradition that will send your spirits soaring. Come 45 minutes early and enjoy Christmas carols sung by the Madison Symphony Chorus in the magically lit Overture lobby!


John DeMain, Conductor
Emily Pogorelc, Soprano
Eric Barry, Tenor
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, Director
Madison Youth Choirs, Michael Ross, Artistic Director
Mount Zion Gospel Choir, Tamera and Leotha Stanley, Directors

Music Program

Joy to the World (arr. Mack Wilberg)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Et in terra pax hominibus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mass in C minor, K. 427
Laudamus te
John Rutter
Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
Regney/Shayne Baker
Do You Hear What I Hear? (arr. Harry Simeone)
Carl Maria Von Weber
Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op.35
Rondo Ungaresev
Giacomo Puccini
Messa di Gloria
Gratias agimus tibi
Ralph Vaughan Williams
I. Prologue: Nowell
XV. Chorus: No sad thought his soul affright
XVI. Epilogue
George Friderick Handel
Kirke Mechem
Seven Joys of Christmas
2. The Joy of Bells: “Din don! Merrily on High” (French)
4. The Joy of Children: “Patapan” (Burgundian)
6. The Joy of Dance: “Fum, fum, fum!” (Spanish)
7. The Joy of Song: “God Bless the Master of this House” (English)
Fred Silver
The Twelve Days After Christmas
Traditional (Caribbean)
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (arr. Stephen Hatfield)
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
This is that Time of the Year
John P. Mckee
Celebrate (arr. Leotha Stanley)
Leotha & Tamera Stanley
Christmas Peace
Leotha & Tamera Stanley
A Christmas Greeting
Randol Alan Bass
Sing We Now of Christmas – Sing Along

About Emily Pogorelc

Praised for her “lively, incisive soprano” by the New York Times, Soprano Emily Pogorelc currently attends the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Emily Pogorelc has performed with the Opera Philadelphia, Glimmerglass Opera Festival, Curtis Opera Theatre, and Florentine Opera. Emily has won first place in numerous competitions, and she was featured on National Public Radio’s, From the Top.

About Eric Barry

Winner of the Bel Canto Prize at the 2016 Maryland Lyric Opera Competition, Spanish-American Tenor Eric Barry is “making an impressive mark” on opera and concert stages “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection and exceptional sensitivity” (Opera News). His engagements have included performances with the Shreveport Opera, Amarillo Opera, Boston Midsummer Opera, Opera Memphis, North Carolina Opera, Opera Memphis, Pittsburgh Opera, and the Teatro Comunale di Sulmona. He has appeared at music festivals around the world.
“It’s about celebrating local talent, from [the] Madison Youth Choirs to Leotha and Tamera Stanley’s joyful gospel adaptations of sacred Christmas classics. For many families, it’s tradition. Every year, DeMain says: Join us. Put on your Santa hat—or reindeer antlers, if you’re in the viola section—and make a joyful noise.” —The Capital Times

Read the Program Notes

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


Major funding
provided by

John W. Thompson and Jane A. Bartell

Maurice and Arlene Reese Family Foundation

Judith and
Nick Topitzes

An Anonymous Friend

Additional funding
provided by

Colony Brands, Inc.

J.H. Findorff
& Son, Inc.

Reinhart Boerner
Van Deuren s.c.

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


“American Printing is proud to support the Madison Symphony Orchestra. High-caliber concert performances, innovative education and community engagement make the MSO an asset to Madison’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Congratulations to the Symphony on another exciting season!”
“Nedrebo’s Formalwear applauds John DeMain and the fine musicians of the Madison Symphony Orchestra as they continue to entertain, inspire and engage the Madison community.”
“BMO Wealth Management is proud to be a sponsor of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and wishes them many years of success.”
“As an annual contributor to the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO), the Hooper Foundation/General Heating & Air Conditioning believes in the importance of funding Madison’s arts scene. In addition to its performances at the Overture Center for the Arts, the MSO enriches the Madison community through healthcare facility visits, involvement with area schools, open dress rehearsals, and free educational events. Through this additional outreach, MSO reaches individuals who may otherwise be unable to participate in the arts.”