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EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES AWAIT WITH YOUR 2013-2014 SUBSCRIPTION MADISON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA John DeMain | Music Director
SEPTEMBER 27-29 ORCHESTRAL MASTERS OCTOBER 18-20 PHILIPPE BIANCONI Piano NOVEMBER 15-17 AUGUSTIN HADELICH Violin DECEMBER 6-8 A MADISON SYMPHONY CHRISTMAS JANUARY 26 BEYOND THE SCORE® FEBRUARY 14-16 TINE THING HELSETH Trumpet MARCH 7-9 YEFIM BRONFMAN Piano APRIL 4-6 NATHAN LAUBE Organ MAY 2-4 THE GERSHWIN LEGACY
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It’s a rare combination we have here in Madison: a truly great regional orchestra playing in an acoustically excellent hall with big-name guest artists under the baton of a world-class conductor. The critics agree: “John DeMain has brought the MSO to a level where they not only tackle music of inner virtuosity but are comfortably confident and polished enough to bring it to surging, vital life,” says Greg Hettmansberger of Madison Magazine. John Barker of Isthmus chimes in, adding, “…the MSO played like a big league orchestra.” And at a time when many conductors are settling into routines, our Grammy and Tony Award-winning Maestro continues to receive guest conducting invitations to the world’s great venues and companies, garnering critical acclaim as he goes. His month-long return to the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. with Washington National Opera this month is just one more example. In a recent interview with Sandy Tabachnick of Isthmus, Jake Heggie, an enormously popular American composer who has worked closely with DeMain, articulated one of the reasons DeMain is in such demand, saying, “John understands dramatic pacing and that everything is in service to the drama. That’s not true for all conductors. He’s a good symphony conductor because he brings out the theater in that music.” He added, “There’s no one like John DeMain. In my opinion, he’s one of the top conductors in the world.”
The 2013-2014 Season is our celebration of the many milestones we have achieved together as a community, and you’ll want to be there from the very first note. From our season premiere with Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved Scheherazade— with its brilliant solos for concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, who recently wowed us all with her Mendelssohn—to Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story in our season finale, you’ll hear virtuosic masterworks performed by an ensemble at the peak of its powers. Add the artistry of some of the world’s most respected soloists, including pianists Philippe Bianconi and Yefim Bronfman, violinist Augustin Hadelich, trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth and organist Nathan Laube, and you have a recipe for extraordinary experiences! See the season brochure and subscribe online at madisonsymphony.org, or give us a call at 608.257.3734!
FOCUS ON FUNDERS
Stradivarius Society members enjoyed a delicious luncheon with John DeMain at fresco in early April. The Stradivarius Society is the MSO’s planned giving circle of friends. DANE COUNTY CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION RECOGNIZES MSO FOR EXCELLENCE! The Madison Symphony Orchestra was recently selected by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission as the recipient of the 2012 Vi Miller Award of Excellence. The award is an unsolicited merit and monetary award that has been given annually since 2000 to one grant recipient whose activities demonstrate high artistic quality, strong educational value and service to children and youth in Dane County. In making the award, the Commission said, “Your good work
Young violinist Hannah White, one of the winners of the MSO’s 2012 Fall Youth Concerto Competition, was a guest soloist at the Fall Youth Concerts.
and commitment to young people and music excellence are impressive and noteworthy. The Cultural Affairs Commission happily acknowledges your worthy contributions in our community.” The MSO was selected based on the many opportunities we provide for students throughout Dane County to experience live classical music at Overture Center. The monetary gift helped to fund our 2012 Fall Youth Concert performances.
“ We have included the Madison Symphony Orchestra in our wills because we want future generations to enjoy and benefit from it as we have.” Martha and Charles Casey
The award is named in honor of the late Vi Miller, niece of William Evjue, wife of The Capital Times publisher Fred Miller, and long-time officer of both The Capital Times Co. and The Evjue Foundation, Inc. Miller was a generous contributor to the cultural life of Dane County. The Commission created the award in memory of her devotion to the arts and community service. It is funded jointly by The Evjue Foundation, Inc. and Dane County. The MSO is honored to be a Vi Miller Award recipient and sincerely thanks the Commission for its recognition of our efforts to serve our community and enrich the lives of young people across Dane County.
For For more more information about the Stradivarius Stradivarius Society Society or to plan your your gift to the MSO, contact Casey Oelkers Oelkers at 257-3734 or firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com. .org.
OVERTURE CONCERT ORGAN NEWS OVERTURE CONCERT ORGAN 2013-2014 SUBSCRIPTION SEASON
Subscribe by June 18 and get all four fabulous concerts for just $63! The Overture Concert Organ subscription season has quietly grown into one of the best attended organ series in the world. Don’t miss your chance to save 25% off the cost of single tickets. Explore the season and subscribe today at madisonsymphony.org/organseason, or give us a call at 608.257.3734!
This series is made possible by major funding from Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation and the Diane Endres Ballweg All programs and artists are subject to change,
SAMUEL HUTCHISON IN RECITAL FRI OCT 11 AT 7:30 PM The MSO’s Principal Organist and Curator opens the organ season with a recital of brilliant and virtuosic works by Bach, Perné, Bossi and a special transcription of Tchaikovsky. Reubke’s stunning Sonata on the 94th Psalm provides the thrilling conclusion.
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This concert is sponsored by Friends of the Overture Concert Organ. ALICE BARTSCH & ELEANOR BARTSCH, VIOLINISTS SAMUEL HUTCHISON, ORGANIST Photo by Katrin Talbot FRI NOV 8 AT 7:30 PM Sisters and MSO first violinists Alice and Eleanor Bartsch join Hutchison in a program for organ and violins featuring Bach’s Double Concerto and Vivaldi’s Double Concerto in D minor. Solo organ works by Dupré, Howells, Rheinberger and Meyerbeer round out the program.
THE FREE FARMERS’ MARKET SUMMER CONCERTS RETURN Step into the cool expanse of Overture Hall on three summer Saturdays at 11 AM during the Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square to enjoy the gift of beautiful music with the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Overture Concert Organ. Bring your children, your family and your friends for a relaxing 45-minute concert. No tickets or reservations are needed and all ages are welcome! The Free Farmers’ Market Concerts are generously sponsored by Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation and are presented in partnership with Overture Center for the Arts and 77 Square. Support for all Overture Concert Organ programs is provided by the Diane Endres Ballweg Fund.
JANETTE FISHELL IN RECITAL FRI MARCH 21, 2014 AT 7:30 PM Internationally renowned organist Janette Fishell has performed in many of the world’s great concert venues and serves as Chair of the Organ Department at Indiana University. Don’t miss her exciting Overture Hall debut in a recital of works by Bach, Sokola, Schumann, Rogg and others.
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This concert is sponsored by John and Christine Gauder. THE MADISON YOUTH CHOIRS Michael Ross, Artistic Director SAMUEL HUTCHISON, ORGANIST Photo by Karen Holland SAT MAY 10, 2014 AT 7:30 PM The Madison Youth Choirs with Michael Ross, Artistic Director, return to Overture Hall for a joint recital with Samuel Hutchison in a program of works by Rutter, Bach, Boulanger, Howells and others. Enjoy the refreshing sound of youthful voices accompanied by the MSO’s Klais organ! ORGANIST T. JARED STELLMACHER AND THE
CHICAGO GARGOYLE BRASS SAT JUNE 22
ORGANIST WYATT SMITH SAT JULY 20
ARTIST TO BE ANNOUNCED SAT AUG 17
EDUCATION HIGH NOTES
RHAPSODIE QUARTET TO TRAVEL TO GERMANY The Rhapsodie Quartet will make its first international visit Madison’s Sister City, Freiburg, Germany, this June to serve as cultural ambassadors for Freiburg’s 25th Sister City Festival. The members of the Rhapsodie Quartet are MSO Co-Concertmaster Suzanne Beia, Principal Viola Christopher Dozoryst, Principal Cello Karl Lavine and violinist Laura Burns.
SYMPHONY SOUP! WRAPS UP ANOTHER SEASON OF UP CLOSE & MUSICAL®
MICHELLE KAEBISCH ACCEPTS CONDUCTING POSITION WITH WYSO
Symphony Soup, the capstone of the MSO’s Up Close & Musical program, celebrated classical music’s greatest hits with a concert for almost 2,000 K-3rd grade students and their teachers in the Capitol Theater at Overture on May 14. Members of the Hunt Quartet, who visit Dane County schools throughout the year, were the stars of the program, giving the kids a familiar faces to provide a sense of comfort and continuity as they had their first experiences with a live symphony orchestra.
The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) recently appointed MSO Director of Education and Community Engagement Michelle Kaebisch to the position of Conductor for their Philharmonia Orchestra. Ms. Kaebisch will add the part-time position to her work at the MSO, taking over from longtime Madison music educator, Tom Buchhauser, who held the position for 30 years.
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Kaebisch will draw on her experience as a conductor with the Stoughton Area School District, the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic, the UW-Whitewater Strings Camp and the Badger Conference Honors Orchestra. WYSO’s Executive Director Bridget Fraser said, “I am thrilled that Michelle has accepted the position. She is an exceptionally well qualified conductor with a passion for music education.” She continued, “I know she will make a tremendous difference in the artistic lives of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s young musicians.” THE
The centerpiece of their schedule will be a performance at the festival’s opening ceremonies in the Kaisersall at Freiburg’s historic Kaufhaus, where Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Freiburg Mayor Dieter Salomon will make remarks. John DeMain and Michelle Kaebisch will also travel with the quartet, which will perform five times over the course of four days in both Wiesbaden and Freiburg, including a HeartStringsSM session at the Freiburg University Cancer Center. Mike von Schneidermesser, President of the Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee, said, “I am very happy to see the exchange of performing arts organizations through the sister-city partnership.” The trip is made possible through the generous support of JoAnn Six and an Anonymous Friend. This will be the third season of cultural exchange involving the MSO.
Photo by Katrin Talbot
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Symphony Soup! was generously sponsored by:
The John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation with additional funding from
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2013 Bolz Young Artist Competition winners, harpist Chloé Tula and pianist Christopher Eom, appear at the Spring Young People’s Concerts.
The MSO gratefully acknowledges our 2012-2013 Education and Community Engagement Program Funders. A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust* • Alliant Energy Foundation • American Girl’s Fund for Children • Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras • Baird Foundation* • Diane Endres Ballweg* • The Boldt Company* • Mildred & Marv Conney* • CUNA Mutual Foundation • Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation and The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times • The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times • W. Jerome Frautschi* • Friends of Wisconsin Public Television* • Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin • Herbert H. Kohl Charities, Inc. • Dr. Stanley & Shirley Inhorn* • The John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation • Madison Arts Commission • Madison Symphony Orchestra League • Larry & Julie Midtbo* • Fred & Mary Mohs* • National Endowment for the Arts • Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation* • Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc. • Sentry Insurance Foundation* • JoAnn Six • UW Health • The Wahlin Foundation, Inc., on behalf of Stoughton Trailers • Wisconsin Solar Design • Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts • An Anonymous Friend* and the individuals and businesses who supported our Education & Community Engagement Programs through power2give.org.
*Denotes sponsorship of the Final Forte broadcast concert in partnership with Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio.
EXPLORE THE MUSIC The Madison Symphony Orchestra is proud to partner with Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. Spirited Songs June 3 at 8 PM
Turn to Wisconsin Public Radio throughout the summer to hear great music, and mark your calendar for next year! On the Thursday before each subscription concert, you’ll hear our guest artists at noon on The Midday Show with Norman Gilliland. Tune in at 88.7 FM or listen online at wpr.org.
Wisconsin Public Television brings you Great Performances with the all the passion and sweep of Wagner and more. If you’ve ever wanted to explore the entire Ring Cycle, here’s your chance! Wagner’s Dream: Making of Wagner’s Ring Cycle June 2 at 11 AM
Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold June 9 at 11 AM L’Elisir d’Amore June 9 at 9:30 PM
Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Die Walkure June 16 at 11 AM Otello June 16 at 9:30 PM
Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Siegfried June 23 at 11 AM The Tempest June 23 at 9:30 PM
Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Gotterdammerung June 30 at 11 AM La Clemenza de Tito June 30 at 9:30 PM
Un Ballo in Maschera July: Check local listings. Rigoletto July: Check local listings.
BACKSTAGE MSO MUSICIANS PLAY OUT
John DeMain returned to the Kennedy Center in April and May to conduct National Opera in a month-long run of Show Boat, the production that brought in such spectacular reviews at Lyric Opera last year.
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“Three and a half stars for Lyric Opera’s new staging of Show Boat.… Under the authoritative baton of music-theater maestro John DeMain, Lyric’s pit band proves it can cakewalk and rag with the best of ’em.” —Chicago Tribune
“Lyric Opera delivers a perfectly realized Show Boat for the ages.... DeMain and director Zambello open up the songs and connect them...to the full score and stage action, so the integration of the whole musical becomes more clear than I’ve ever heard it. ” —Chicago Sun Times And if you’ve been waiting 20 years to hear DeMain play piano, don’t miss him during the Bach Dancing & Dynamite season this summer!
BACH DANCING & DYNAMITE SOCIETY: IT’S ALL IN THE CARDS Deuces Are Wild: 22nd Summer Chamber Music Festival June 14–30 at Overture Center, Stoughton Opera House and Hillside Theater in Spring Green MSO Principal Flute Stephanie Jutt and pianist Jeffrey Sykes— Co-Artistic Directors—bring on another seriously fun season of “Chamber Music with a Bang” with a full deck of MSO musicians. You’ll find MSO Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, Co-Concertmaster Suzanne Beia, Principal Viola Christopher Dozoryst, and yes, pianist John DeMain playing in concerts along with violinists Axel Strauss, Carmit Zori and cellist Anthony Ross. Six concerts, music by Brahms, Beethoven, Fauré and Messiaen, three delightful venues and titles like “Lost in the Shuffle,” “Poker Face” and “Play the Hand You’ve Been Dealt” ensure that you’ll get more bang for your Bach with other open-minded people who enjoy creativity, spontaneity and a glimpse of what Bach would be doing if he were more fun and less dead! Check out the season at bachdancinganddynamite.org. —Samantha Crownover, for BDDS
LINDA BARTLEY BIDS MSO GOODBYE Linda Bartley, Principal Clarinet since 1992 when she also joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, announced that she will retire from the MSO at the end of this season. Bartley is continuing in her appointment as Professor in the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and clarinetist of the Wingra Quintet. She looks forward to expanding her chamber music performances, concert touring and recording activities while maintaining an active performance and teaching schedule at UW. She said that she will greatly miss the inspiration of John DeMain and her Photo by Katrin Talbot dedicated colleagues and staff of the MSO.
NEW CD FOR CAMERON-FIX, LOTTRIDGE Last fall, Principal Bassoon Cynthia Cameron-Fix and Richard Lottridge, who held that position for a long time before her, recorded Jazz Duets for Bassoons. The CD includes such Jazz standards as All the Things You Are, Body and Soul, Stella by Starlight, and ten others, three composed by Lottridge and all arranged by him. You can find the CD on reallygoodmusic.com.
CASEY OELKERS IS MSO’S NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT The MSO is pleased to announce that Casey Oelkers has been appointed Director of Development. Casey, who has been a member of the development staff since 2008, said, “I am continually astounded by the generosity of our donors who truly believe in the Symphony’s mission. It gives me great pleasure to serve the Symphony in this new capacity.” LUBA KONOWALSKYJ JOINS THE STAFF Additionally, the MSO is pleased to announce that Luba Konowalskyj has joined the development staff as Manager of Individual Giving. Luba has many years of experience working with local nonprofit organizations, most recently Olbrich Botanical Gardens. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Symphony family.
BRIAN HINRICHS HEADS EAST Marketing Project Assistant Brian Hinrichs has been appointed to the position of Executive Director at the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in Maine. Hinrichs, previously Director of Marketing at Madison Opera, will graduate from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration in May and looks forward to returning to the East coast and embarking on this new stage of his career.
MON JUNE 17 BISHOPS BAY COUNTRY CLUB
Dane County’s premier golf and music outing is almost here, so don’t miss out on the event of the season. Make your reservations now for the evening’s festivities. If you are a golfer, sign up for the optional golf tournament. Register online at madisonsymphony.org/cog.
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Bishops Bay Country Club, located on Lake Mendota, is one of the area’s most scenic sites for a day of golf. We’ll provide the box lunches. (Golf is optional.)
COCKTAIL PARTY The beautiful grounds of Bishops Bay set the stage for an enchanting cocktail reception complete with a complimentary signature drink and hors d’oeuvres. Photo by Greg Anderson
CONCERT John DeMain and members of the MSO welcome harpist Chloé Tula, one of the winners of the 2013 Bolz Young Artist Competition, to our airy lakeside tent for a concert of light classics.
PICNIC An elegant gourmet picnic, served by the exceptional staff at Bishops Bay, rounds out the event.
THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SPONSORS OF CONCERT ON THE GREEN
SAVE THE DATES SYMPHONY SEASON OPENING GALA Fri Sept 20 at 6 PM Overture Center for the Arts Join us for a celebration of John DeMain’s 20th Anniversary as Music Director of the MSO. As Greg Hettsmansberger of Madison Magazine recently stated, “…DeMain has brought the MSO to a level where they not only tackle music of inner virtuosity, but are comfortably confident and polished enough to bring it to surging, vital life.” Don’t miss your chance to be there to thank him in person for the amazing music he has brought us. A cocktail reception will precede dinner and a short concert, during which MSO musicians will play works chosen by DeMain. The very special guest of the evening will be world-renowned pianist Christopher Taylor. Tickets are $200 and $125 is taxdeductible. Invitations will arrive in early August, but you can reserve your place today at madisonsymphony.org/galaorder. All proceeds benefit the MSO. ARTS BALL 2013 Sat Nov 9 Catch a shooting star as Arts Ball celebrates and supports two of Madison’s most beloved cultural institutions: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the MSO. More details will be available in the fall.
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“There’s no one like John DeMain. In my opinion, he’s one of the top conductors in the world.” — Jake Heggie American composer
IT’S A NEW SEASON OF MUSIC!
Celebrate John DeMain’s 20th season and you’ll save up to 50% off the price of single tickets and get the best seats before they go on sale to the general public. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of membership, including: • The Best Seats at the Best Prices • Concierge Care and Unlimited Photo by Kirkegaard Associates Ticket Exchanges • Missed Concert Insurance and Free Lost Ticket Replacement • Extra Savings on Single Tickets during Subscriber Courtesy Days If you need even more flexibility, try a Flex-Ticket Package. You’ll receive ten ticket vouchers good for any concert in the season. You choose which concerts to attend. You choose which day is best. You choose your seats. And you still get all the benefits! Call us at 608.257.3734 or visit madisonsymphony.org today.