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Tune up for the concerts! Prelude discussions enrich the concert experience with insights into the music and the lives of the composers. Step into the hushed and intimate atmosphere of Overture Hall with just a handful of other music lovers for a conversation with the maestro, guest conductor, or even – on rare occasions – the composer.
All ticketholders are welcome to attend. Each discussion begins one hour before the concert and lasts about 30 minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to chat or have a cocktail before the concert starts. There are prelude discussions for all MSO subscription concerts except A Madison Symphony Christmas.
“I LOVED John DeMain’s pre-concert talk! He was terrific, knowledgeable, and personable!” -Patron
“The pre-concert talk, the offerings, the quality. It’s a highlight of my month.” - Patron
“I appreciate the Prelude discussion, the opportunity to hear music that is new to me, and the joy of experiencing a quality live concert.” - Patron

2017-2018 Prelude Discussion Speakers

There is no prelude discussion for Beyond the Score® Elgar: Enigma Variations.
September 15, 16, 17: Amy Hartsough, Bethel Lutheran Church Director of Music
October 20, 21, 22: Anders Yocom, Wisconsin Public Radio Host
November 17, 18, 19: Michael Allsen, MSO Program Notes Annotator
January 19, 20, 21: Randal Swiggum, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director
February 16, 17, 18: Randal Swiggum, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director
April 13, 14, 15: John DeMain, MSO Music Director
May 4, 5, 6: Beverly Taylor, MSO Assistant Conductor and Chorus Director