Madison Symphony Orchestra
A History of the Madison Symphony Orchestra,
In early 2000, as it looked towards the 75th anniversary season
in 2000-2001, the MSO commissioned me to do a series of four
historical articles to detail the orchestra's history.
These articles, essentially a short four-chapter history of the
MSO from 1926-2001, were published in abridged format in the
orchestra's programs during the 2000-2001 season. I have
published the "unabridged" versions of these chapters here:
A Brief History of the Madison Symphony Orchestra,
I have also provided much more concise history of the orchestra that
brings it up to 2015. This is an expansion of a piece I wrote
for the MSO Board of Directors Handbook.
Madison Symphony Orchestra: Chronicle 1926-2001
As an outgrowth of my research for the 2001 history, I complied
a comprehensive database listing every performance by the orchestra
and chorus in the first 75 seasons. The results, 75 Years
of the Madison Symphony Orchestra 1926-2001: Chronicle,
Repertoire, and Soloists, is available here. If you are interested in
knowing whether a given piece has been played by the MSO since 2001,
nearly all of the repertoire we've played on subscription programs
is noted on my complete list of
program notes. Be aware, however, that this does not include
operas, nor does it list repertoire for MSO programs for which I did
not write notes. It also lists repertoire for other orchestras
for whom I've written notes.
Early Madison Civic Music Recordings
I have provided streaming versions of several early (1941-1955)
recordings of the orchestra and chorus here.
Feature Articles for the Wisconsin State
I have also included a couple of extended versions of feature
articles written for the Wisconsin State Journal,
last update: 9/30/15