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Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announce 2012-2013 seasons

Violinist Tasmin Little debuts with the WCO next April.
Violinist Tasmin Little debuts with the WCO next April.
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Do you have plans for April 2013? If you're a classical fan, it's time to start making them. The city's premiere ensembles, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, have announced their 2012-2013 seasons. Both schedules feature a wealth of guest artists, most of them returning visitors.

The Madison Symphony Orchestra's calendar includes performances by a couple of Madison regulars, pianist Garrick Ohlsson (Sept. 21-23) and violinist Henning Kraggerud (March 8-10). Also tickling the ivories for the MSO next season are Gabriel Montero (Jan. 18-20), who performed at President Obama's inauguration, and the Madison natives Christina and Michelle Naughton (Nov. 2-4), who played with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in 2010. MSO music director John DeMain conducts all the concerts.

Music director Andrew Sewell's Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra adds a couple of pops concerts to next season's schedule: "Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies" (Oct. 6) and "Live & Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney" (March 2). The WCO's Masterworks schedule includes English violinist Tasmin Little (Feb. 22), in her debut, as well as saxophonist Claude Delangle (Jan. 11) and pianist Anne Marie McDermott (March 22), who had to pull out of a 2011 WCO concert.

The complete schedules for both groups follow.

Madison Symphony Orchestra

Sept. 21-23
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Prokofiev, Classical Symphony
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 2
Stravinsky, Firebird Suite (1945)

Oct. 12-14
James Ehnes, Violin
Berlioz, Overture to Beatrice and Benedict
Bartók, Violin Concerto No. 2
Brahms, Symphony No. 4

Nov. 2-4
Christina and Michelle Naughton, piano duo
Kodály, Dances of Galánta
Poulenc, Concerto for Two Pianos
Schubert, The Great C Major Symphony

Nov. 30-Dec. 2 -- A Madison Symphony Christmas
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, director
Madison Youth Choirs, Michael Ross, artistic director
Mt. Zion Gospel Choir, Leotha Stanley, director

Jan. 18-20
Gabriela Montero, piano
Jennifer Higdon, blue cathedral
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1
Dvo?ák, Symphony No. 6

Feb. 8-10
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Ravel, Rapsodie Espagnole
Prokofiev, Sinfonia Concertante
Beethoven, Symphony No. 4

March 8-10
Henning Kraggerud, violin
Mozart, Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10

April 5-7 -- A Feast for the Ears
Madison Symphony Chorus, Beverly Taylor, director
Naha Greenholtz, violin
Alexandra LoBianco, soprano
Harold Meers, tenor
Hugh Russell, baritone
Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and Three Choruses from Solomon
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff, The Bells
Vaughan Williams, Toward the Unknown Region

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Oct. 5 -- Masterworks I: 50 Fingers
The 5 Browns, pianists
Mozart, Overture to Il ré pastore, K. 208
Mozart, Concerto No. 7 in F Major for Three Pianos, K. 242
Muhly, The Edge of the World
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11

Oct. 6 -- Wisconsin Pops
Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies

Nov. 24-25 -- Middleton Holiday Pops: A Christmas Sampler
Middleton High School Concert Choir
Aaron Thompson, guest vocalist
Tchaikovsky, "Overture," "Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Trepak" from The Nutcracker
Higgins, "Christmas on Broadway"
Thompson, Y"uletide Lady"
Finnegan, "Christmas Singalong"

Dec. 7 -- Messiah
The Festival Choir of Madison

Jan. 11 -- Masterworks II: Towering Giants
Claude Delangle, saxophonist
Bizet, Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22
Villa-Lobos, Fantasia, Op. 630
Glazunov, Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E-flat Major, Op. 109
Beethoven, Contradances, WoO 14
Mozart, Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297 (Paris)

Feb. 22 -- Masterworks III: Pastoral Gems
Tasmin Little, violinist
Bach, Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Finzi, Introit, Op. 6
Prokofiev, Concerto No. 2 for Violin in G Minor, Op. 63
Gounod, Symphony No. 2 in E-flat Major

March 2 -- Wisconsin Pops
Tony Kishman, soloist
"Live & Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney"

March 22 -- Masterworks IV: Viennese Virtuosi
Anne Marie McDermott, pianist
Mozart, Concerto No. 24 for Piano in C Minor, K. 491
Bruckner, Symphony in D Minor (Nullte)

April 12 -- Masterworks V: Chansons d'Amour
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Haydn, Symphony No. 83 in G Minor (La poule)
Canteloube, Selections from Chants d'Auvergne
Mozart, "Non mi dir, bell'idol mio" from Don Giovanni
Mozart, Bella mia fiamma, addio - Resta, oh cara, K. 528
Beethoven, Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

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