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Madison Symphony Orchestra Program Notes by Michael Allsen
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last update: 5/14/16

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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

2015-16 Madison Symphony Orchestra - 90th Season
Sept. 25-26-27, 2015
Beethoven, Leonore Overture No.3  /  Copland, Clarinet Concerto   /  Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.4 
Oct. 16-17-18, 2015
Haydn, Symphony No.85 (La Reine) Bruch, Scottish Fantasy Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances
Nov. 20-21-22, 2015
Ravel, Valses Nobles et Sentimentales  /  Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No.1  / Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
Dec. 4-5-6, 2015
"A Madison Symphony Christmas"
Feb. 12-13-14, 2016
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture Ravel, Daphnis and Chloe Suite No.2  /  Beethoven, Violin Concerto
Mar. 11-12-13, 2016
Beethoven, Coriolan Overture  /  Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.4 /  Mahler, Symphony No.4
Apr. 1-2-3, 2016
Stucky, Symphony  /  Strauss, Don Juan  /  Brahms, Piano Concerto No.1
Apr. 29-30 May 1, 2015
Respighi, Pines of Rome Orff, Carmina Burana

2014-2015 Madison Symphony Orchestra - 89th Season
Sept. 19-20-21, 2014
Strauss, Also sprach Zarathustra / Martin, Concerto for Seven Winds / Saint-Saëns, Symphony No.3 ("Organ")
Oct. 17-18-19, 2014
Tchaikovsky, Suite from "Swan Lake" / Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No.1 / Shostakovich, Symphony No.6
Nov. 7-8-9, 2014
Grieg, Lyric Suite / Sibelius, Violin Concerto / Nielsen, Symphony No.4 ("The Inextinguishable")
Dec. 5-6-7, 2014
“A Madison Symphony Christmas”
Feb. 13-14-15, 2015
Britten, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge / Chopin, Piano Concerto No.2 / Schumann, Symphony No.4
Mar. 6-7-8, 2015
Waxman, Sinfonietta for Strings and Timpani / Ride of the Cossacks from "Taras Bulba" / Rózsa, Theme, Variations, and Finale / Parade of the Charioteers and Love Theme from "Ben Hur" / Love Theme from "Spellbound" / Korngold, Violin Concerto / Suite from "Captain Blood"
Apr. 10-11-12, 2015
J.S. Bach, Clavier Concerto No.4 / Liszt, Piano Concerto No.1 / Bruckner, Symphony No.7
May 8-9-10, 2015
Bernstein, Serenade (After Plato's "Symposium") / Beethoven, Symphony No.9 ("Choral")