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Madison Symphony Orchestra Program Notes by Michael Allsen
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last update: 8/22/22

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2022-23 Madison Symphony Orchestra - 97th Season
Sept. 23-24-25, 2022
Mozart, Oboe Concerto / Beethoven Symphony No.9 ("Choral")
Sept. 27, 2022
Organ Series No.1
Oct. 14-15-16, 2022
Strauss, Death and Transfiguration / Barber, Violin Concerto / Mendelssohn, Symphony No.3 ("Scottish")
Oct. 25, 2022
Organ Series No.2
Nov. 11-12-13, 2022
Márquez, Danzón No.2 / Bruch, Concerto for Two Pianos / Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.6 ("Pathétique")
Dec. 2-3-4, 2022
"A Madison Symphony Christmas"
Jan. 20-21-22, 2023
Schubert, Symphony No.3 / Bartók, Suite from "The Miraculous Mandarin" / Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No.3
Feb. 17-18-19, 2023
Montgomery, Coincident Dances / Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.3 Dvořák, Symphony No.6
Feb. 28, 2023
Organ Series No.3
Mar. 19, 2023
"Beyond the Score" - Mahler, Symphony No.4
Apr. 14-15-16, 2023
Britten, Four Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes" / Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No.3 / Brahms, Symphony No.2
Apr. 18, 2023
Organ Series No.4
May 5-6-7, 2023
Price, Symphony No.3 / Orff, Carmina Burana

2021-22 Madison Symphony Orchestra - 96th Season
Sept. 24-25-26, 2021
Elgar, Introduction and Allegro / Poulenc, Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani / Tchaikovsky, Serenade for String Orchestra
Oct. 15-16-17, 2021
Ravel, Alborada del grazioso / Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / Beethoven, Symphony No.3 ("Eroica")
Oct. 19, 2021
Organ Series No.1
Nov. 12-13-14, 2021
Honegger, Rugby / Dvořák, Cello Concerto / Walker, Lyric for String Orchestra / Grofé, Grand Canyon Suite
Dec. 3-4-5, 2021
"A Madison Symphony Christmas"
Jan. 21-22-23, 2022
Kabalevsky, Colas Breugnon Overture / Marsalis, Violin Concerto in D / Saint-Saëns, Symphony No.3 ("Organ")
Feb 13, 2022
"Beyond the Score" - Stravinsky, Rite of Spring
Feb. 15, 2022
Organ Series No.2
Mar. 11-12-13, 2022
Rachmaninoff, Isle of the Dead / Kodály, Háry János Suite / Beethoven, Violin Concerto
Mar. 15, 2022
Organ Series No.3
Apr. 8-9-10, 2022 Haydn, Violin Concerto No.4 / Beethoven, Missa Solemnis
May 6-7-8, 2022
Beethoven, Egmont Overture / Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.5, "Emperor" / Beethoven, Symphony No.5
May 20, 2022
Organ Series No.4

2020-21 Madison Symphony Orchestra - 95th Season
                                    
NOTE: concerts by the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus were suspended in 2020-21, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Most of the repertoire planned for the season appears in 2021-22.

2019-20 Madison Symphony Orchestra - 94th Season
Sept. 27-28-29, 2019
Wagner, Overture and Venusburg Music from "Tannhäuser" / Barber, Toccata Festiva / Debussy, Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun" / Dvorák, Symphony No.7
Oct. 18-19-20, 2019
Prokofiev, Suite from "Lieutenant Kijé"Khachaturian, Violin Concerto / Shostakovich, Symphony No.9
Nov. 8-9-10, 2019
Kernis, Newly Drawn Sky / Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No.3 / Schumann, Symphony No.2
Dec. 13-14-15, 2019
"A Madison Symphony Christmas"
Jan. 19, 2020
"Beyond the Score" - Prokofiev, Symphony No.5
Feb. 14-15-16, 2020
Berlioz, Le Corsaire / Brahms, Double Concerto / Copland, Symphony No.3
Mar. 6-7-8, 2020
Haydn, Symphony No.96 ("Miracle") / Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto / Strauss, Ein Heldenleben
Apr. 3-4-5, 2020
Dvorák, Requiem
May 1-2-3, 2020
Weber, Overture to "Euryanthe"Stravinsky, Petrushka / Brahms, Piano Concerto No.1

2018-19 Madison Symphony Orchestra - 93rd Season
Sept. 28-29-30, 2018
Higdon, Fanfare Ritmico  /  ProkofievExcerpts from "Romeo and Juliet" / Brahms, Piano Concerto No.2  
Oct. 19-30-21, 2018
Oesterle, Home Elgar, Cello Concerto Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.5
Nov. 9-10-11, 2018
Bernstein, Overture to "Candide"  /  Bernstein, Three Dance Episodes from "On the Town"  / Bernstein, Symphony No.2, Age of AnxietyBeethoven, Symphony No.7
Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, 2018
"A Madison Symphony Christmas"
Jan. 20, 2019
"Beyond the Score" - Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4 (Italian)
Feb. 15-16-17, 2019
Harbison The Most Often Used Chords Brahms, Violin Concerto  / Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition
Mar. 8-9-10, 2019
Schubert, Symphony No.8 (Unfinished)  /  Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No.2Debussy, Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra / Vaughan Williams, Tuba Concerto / Gershwin, An American in Paris
Apr. 12-13-14, 2019
Mozart, Symphony No. 38 (Prague)  /  Strauss, Burleske  /  Ravel, Piano Concerto in G  / Debussy, La Mer
May 3-4-5, 2019
Mahler, Symphony No.8
 
2017-18 Madison Symphony Orchestra - 92nd Season
Sept. 15-16-17, 2017
Bach/Stokowski, Toccata and Fugue in D minor / Mendelssohn, Symphony No.5 (Reformation)Berlioz, Harold in Italy
Oct. 20-21-22, 2017
Ravel, Mother Goose Suite / Barber, Piano Concerto Dvořák , Symphony No.9 (From the New World)
Nov. 17-18-19, 2017
Copland, Billy the Kid Suite Brubeck, Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra  /  Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez  /  Falla, Three-Cornered Hat (complete ballet)
Dec. 1-2-3, 2017
“A Madison Symphony Christmas”
Jan. 19-20-21, 2018
Prokofiev, The Love for Three Oranges: Symphonic Suite Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto Rachmaninoff, Symphony No.3
Feb. 16-17-18, 2018
Rossini, Overture to "Semiramide"  /  Walton, Cello Concerto  / Brahms, Symphony No.1
Mar. 18, 2018
"Beyond the Score" - Elgar, Enigma Variations
Apr. 13-14-15, 2018
Britten, Sinfonia da requiem  /  Dvořák , Violin Concerto / Schumann, Symphony No.1 (Spring)
May 4-5-6, 2018
Mozart, Overture to "Don Giovanni"Mozart, Piano Concerto No.22Janácek, Glagolitic Mass

2016-17
Madison Symphony Orchestra - 91st Season
Sept. 23-24-25, 2016
Enescu, Romanian Rhapsody No.1  /  Corigliano, Chaconne from "The Red Violin"  /  Holst, The Planets
Oct. 21-22-23, 2016
Elgar, In the South (Alassio)  Bruch, Violin Concerto No.1  /  Kraggerud, Three Postludes from "Equinox"  /  Beethoven, Symphony No.6 (Pastorale)
Nov. 11-12-13, 2016
Debussy, Printemps  /  Mozart, Concerto for Two Pianos  /  Shostakovich, Symphony No.5
Dec. 2-3-4 2016
“A Madison Symphony Christmas”
Jan. 14-15, 2017
"Beyond the Score" - Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade
Feb. 17-18-19, 2017
Barber, Second Essay  /  Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No.5  /  Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.6 (Pathétique)
Mar. 10-11-12, 2017
Beethoven, Egmont Overture  /  Hummel, Trumpet Concerto  /  Strauss, An Alpine Symphony
Apr. 7-8-9, 2017
Schumann, Manfred Overture  /  Lutoslawski, Concerto for Orchestra Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No.3
May 5-6-7, 2017
Stanford, Concert Piece for Organ and Orchestra  /  Brahms, German Requiem