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Today we celebrate memories of our 21/22 “Grand
Panorama” concerts that took place November 12-14
in Overture Hall.
The concert featured two Madison Symphony Orchestra
premieres — Arthur Honegger’s Rugby and Lyric for
String Orchestra by African-American composer George
Walker. The majesty of the Grand Canyon unfolded
musically and visually in the spectacle of Ferde Grofé’s
expansive musical palette accompanied by stunning
projected imagery. Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa
played Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor brilliantly!
Read more and view photos of the concerts.

November 12, 13 & 14, 2021
“[Walker’s Lyric for String Orchestra] is light and
airy, yet powerful with beautifully orchestrated
dissonances. The MSO strings found brilliant
balance through delicate textures, most effectively
at the climactic moment when, in a pairing both
complementary and contrasting, the high end
of the violins sound together with the low
end of the basses.” –Matt Ambrosio, The Cap Times
What the audience had to say...

“I have never heard the Grand Canyon Suite played
more exquisitely. Our orchestra, maestro, and
concert master are incredible.”
“The Dvořák was a stunning piece! Not only was
Mr. Mesa in fine form, but the orchestra
had glorious music with many principals having
solo opportunities.”
“Thomas Mesa was spell binding! Listening to the
live Orchestra [for the first time] in over a year
brought tears to my eyes. Mesa’s performance
of the Dvořák blew me away. The many different
techniques that were used were incredible.”
“The cellist was fantastic and we loved
the Bach Prelude encore. The multimedia was
amazing and the bass clarinet solos in the
Grand Canyon Suite were superb.”
“Mr. Mesa’s playing was superb. But I confess the
multimedia presentation alongside Grofe’s
Grand Canyon was terrific! The informative program
notes were much appreciated. And I also enjoyed
that unexpectedly fun Honegger piece and
the delightful Walker work.”

PHOTO: Peter Rodgers

“The Dvořák Cello Concerto was one of the most
wonderful cello performances I have ever heard.
It moved me to tears.”

December Symphony concerts & 12/15
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