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Orchestral Brilliance

Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

The opening concerts proudly feature the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Principal Violist Chris Dozoryst shines as soloist in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, and the 500th anniversary of a turning point in history is honored with Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony.

Music Program

Bach/Stokowski | Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Mendelssohn | Symphony No. 5, Reformation
Berlioz | Harold in Italy


John DeMain, Conductor
Chris Dozoryst, Viola

About Chris Dozoryst

The 2017–18 season will mark Christopher Dozoryst’s tenth season as principal viola with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. In conjunction with his orchestral duties, Chris also performs with the MSO’s HeartStrings program as violist with the Rhapsodie Quartet. He also performs and records work locally and regionally in Madison and Chicago. He has performed numerous engagements with well-known musicians including Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, and Smokey Robinson.
“The total commitment of the conductor and musicians to an awe inspiring experience...Absolutely memorable.”
—MSO Patron

Read the Program Notes

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

Prelude Discussion

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


Major funding
provided by

Rosemarie and Fred Blancke

Marvin J. Levy

Nancy Mohs

Peggy and Tom Pyle

Additional funding
provided by

DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C.

Forte Research Systems & Nimblify

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


“The Gialamas Company is proud to be a sponsor for the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season. We greatly appreciate the MSO’s continued role in Madison’s vibrant performing arts community through magnificent performances and educational programs that inspire us all. Cheers to another fantastic season in Overture Hall!”