Madison Symphony Orchestra Program Notes by Michael Allsen
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last update: 8/24/18

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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 ConcertoDvorák, 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  /  Dvorák, Violin Concerto / Schumann, Symphony No.1 (Spring)
May 4-5-6, 2018
Mozart, Overture to "Don Giovanni"Mozart, Piano Concerto No.22Janácek, Glagolitic Mass

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