Symphony subscriptions and single tickets available for all concerts
The 2022–2023 Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Season presents nine new programs that invite audience members to “imagine being together for an exciting new season of live music.” Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now for all eight subscription concerts, plus the special performance of Beyond the Score®.
“With a stunning array of soloists, beloved staples from the symphonic repertoire, and our ever-expanding table of composers, this season will thrill you from start to finish,” said MSO Music Director John DeMain. “There is so much beauty and variety planned for all of you. If you haven’t been back yet to a live performance, next season is the perfect way to take the plunge.”
2022–2023 Symphony concerts begin in September 2022, featuring exciting guest artists and new concert themes. New subscribers save up to 50% off single tickets for 5–8 concerts starting at $65. Subscriptions are available online at madisonsymphony.org/22-23, in-person at the MSO office or by phone (608) 257-3734. Single tickets for subscription concerts $20–$98, and Beyond the Score® $18–$74, are available in-person at the Overture Center Box Office, 201 State Street, by phone (608) 258-4141, or online at overture.org.
- “Infinite Joy” (Sept. 23-25) opens our season with the thrilling conclusion of our belated Beethoven birthday celebration as we perform his iconic Ninth Symphony in collaboration with the Madison Symphony Chorus, directed by Beverly Taylor, and Soprano Laquita Mitchell, Mezo-Soprano Kirsten Lippart, Tenor Jared Esguerra, and Matt Boehler, Bass. We also honor Marc Fink for his extraordinary career with the MSO and his 32-year tenure as our Principal Oboist as he performs Mozart’s Oboe Concerto.
- “Sublime Violin & Journeys” (Oct. 14-16) welcomes violinist James Ehnes as he performs Barber’s Violin Concerto. The program also features Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3.
- “Enchanted Piano & Personal Favorite” (Nov. 11-13) showcases Madison natives Michelle and Christina Naughton with Max Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra. The MSO also performs Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique.
- “A Madison Symphony Christmas” (Dec. 2-4) is the beloved annual kickoff to the holiday season in the Madison community and embraces the season with Christmas classics and new music featuring the orchestra, Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, Mount Zion Gospel Choir and opera stars Adriana Zabala, Mezzo-Soprano, and Nathaniel Stampley, Baritone, on stage for this annual family-friendly tradition.
- “Towering Piano & Virtuosity” (Jan. 20-22) sees the return of Yefim Bronfman to Madison to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program is rounded out by two first MSO performances of Franz Schubert’s exuberant third symphony and Béla Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin.
- “Heroic Piano & Premiere” (Feb. 17-19) features Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor in his Madison Symphony Orchestra debut performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program also features Jessie Montgomery’s Coincident Dances and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6.
- The MSO’s 2022–2023 season also includes the popular multimedia production of Beyond the Score®, Mahler: Symphony No. 4 — Heaven or Earth? Live actors and multimedia images are featured in the first half, followed by the MSO performing the entire work in the second half under the direction of Associate Music Director Kyle Knox. Joining the orchestra are American Players Theatre actors James Ridge, Colleen Madden, and Gavin Lawrence, Soprano Emily Secor, and MSO’s Dan Lyons on piano. This single performance takes place on Sunday, March 19, 2023*.
- “Dazzling Violin & Spring” (Apr. 3-5) combines the MSO and return of Violinist Blake Pouliot for Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor. Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes opens the programs, and the second symphony of Brahms will help usher in the spring.
- “Renaissance & Passion” (May 5-7) brings the 22–23 season to a thrilling climax with audience favorite Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, with its highly rhythmic and primitive score performed by the Madison Symphony Chorus directed by Beverly Taylor, and dynamic soloists including Soprano Jeni Houser, Tenor Justin Kroll, and Ben Edquist, Bass. The program begins with the MSO premiere of Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3 in C minor.
*Beyond the Score® is a production of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gerard McBurney, Creative Director for Beyond the Score®.
About the Madison Symphony Orchestra
The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 97th season in 2022–2023. The MSO has grown to be one of America’s leading regional orchestras, providing Madison and south-central Wisconsin with cultural and educational opportunities to interact with great masterworks and top-tier guest artists from around the world. 2023-2024 is Music Director John DeMain’s 30th anniversary season. The MSO’s 100th anniversary season celebration will take place during the 2025-2026 season. Learn more at madisonsymphony.org
Madison Symphony Orchestra 2022–2023 Symphony Season sponsors include NBC15, the Madison Symphony Orchestra League, The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, American Printing, Madison Media Partners, Madison Magazine, Wisconsin Public Radio, PBS Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.