News Release: December concert- A Madison Symphony Christmas

Nov. 3, 2014
Contact: Teri Venker
Phone: (608) 260-8680 x226
Email: [email protected]
Madison’s Favorite Holiday Tradition Returns
Madison Symphony Christmas Dec. 5, 6, 7
National vocalists, Madison community chorus members – and the audience – all get a chance to
shine when Conductor John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) kick off the
holiday season with the much-loved tradition of the Madison Symphony Christmas concerts Dec. 5,
6, and 7 in Overture Hall.
The concerts will celebrate the holidays with a range of music from Bach, Berlin, Handel, and
Schubert to holiday favorites and rocking Gospel selections – topped off with the audience adding its
voice to carols at the end. Concert highlights include:
- Soloists Alyson Cambridge (soprano) and Harold Meers (tenor), who are accomplished national
operatic singers;
- Madison Symphony Chorus, directed by Beverly Taylor, with 125 members, who come from all
walks of life to combine their artistic talent;
- Madison Youth Choirs, directed by Michael Ross, which combines young voices for a
memorable experience;
- Mt. Zion Gospel Choir, directed by Leotha Stanley, which uses jazz, blues and gospel harmonies
to “raise the roof” in creating captivating music; and,
- Audience members who join in the singing.
Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive at the Overture Hall lobby 45 minutes before the concert so
they can be moved by the Madison Symphony Chorus leading carols in the festively lit lobby.
The concerts are Fri., Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 6, at 8 p.m.; and Sun, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in
Overture Hall, 201 State Street.
The festivities are sure to brighten spirits for all ages, and many families attend in groups of two or
three generations.
These concerts typically sell out, so early ticket purchases are encouraged.
Single Tickets are $16 to $84 each, available at and
through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street or call the Box Office at (608) 258-4141.
New subscribers can receive up to a 50% discount. For more information and to subscribe, visit or call (608) 257-3734.
Groups of 15 or more can save 25% by calling the MSO office at (608) 257-3734.
For more information visit,
Student rush tickets can be purchased in person on the day of the concert at the Overture Box Office
at 201 State Street. Students must show a valid student ID and can receive up to two $12 or $15
tickets. More information is at: Students can receive 20%
savings on seats in select areas of the hall on advance ticket purchases.
Seniors age 62 and up receive 20% savings on advance and day-of-concert ticket purchases in select
areas of the hall.
Discounted seats are subject to availability, and discounts may not be combined.
The Madison Symphony Orchestra marks its 89th concert season in 2014-2015 with Music Director
John DeMain’s in his 21st year leading the orchestra. The Symphony engages audiences of all ages
and backgrounds in classical music through a full season of concerts with established and emerging
soloists of international renown, an organ series that includes free concerts, and widely respected
education and community engagement programs. Find more information at
Major funding for this concert is provided by American Printing Company, Nedrebo’s Formalwear,
Two Anonymous Friends, BMO Private Bank, Hooper Foundation/General Heating and Air
Conditioning, Maurice and Arlene Reese, with additional funds from Reinhart Boerner Van Duren S.
C., Hans and Mary Lang Sollinger, and the Wisconsin Arts Board.