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Q&A: John DeMain leads A Madison Symphony Christmas

The Madison Symphony Orchestra‘s holiday concerts are always its most popular events of the year. For the first time. Wisconsin Public Television brings this festive celebration into homes across the state, filmed live at Madison’s Overture Hall.

A Madison Symphony Christmas premieres 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. Or tune in for an encore broadcast Christmas night: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25.

John DeMain“Our annual Christmas concert has become a very meaningful experience for everyone involved,” says Music Director John DeMain. “One cannot help but leave the Hall with a feeling that the holiday season has begun. And hopefully, you will have a big glow in your heart.”

Read on for our exclusive Q&A with Maestro DeMain to learn about how this inaugural broadcast came together.

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Meet the performers from The Final Forte

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, four talented young musicians from across Wisconsin will perform with the Madison Symphony Orchestra at Overture Hall in Madison during The Final Forte: Wisconsin Young Artists Compete. You can be there by reserving your free tickets now at this link, or tune in to the live high-definition broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television or listen in on Wisconsin Public Radio.

These four musicians represent the finalists in the statewide Bolz Young Artists competition. After a series of qualifying rounds, they will compete for scholarship money on the state’s largest broadcast stage.

Meet the four contestants in the videos below and see just a little bit of the amazing amount of work that they and their families put into fostering their immense talent. Then, tune in March 21 to watch them perform!

Michael Doerr, piano

Watch Final Forte – Michael Doerr on PBS. See more from WPT Presents.

Charles Dieterle, trombone

Watch Final Forte – Charles Dieterle on PBS. See more from WPT Presents.

Anthony Cudzinovic, violin

Watch Final Forte – Anthony Cudzinovic on PBS. See more from WPT Presents.

Garrick Olsen, piano

Watch Final Forte – Garrick Olsen on PBS. See more from WPT Presents.

Gustavo Takes L.A.

Watch Great Performances “Celebracion: Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic With Juan Diego Florez at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 on Wisconsin Public Television.

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I was struck by just how much the city has caught Gustavo Dudamel fever. I knew that the classical music world had great hopes for the energetic conductor to be a catalyst for drawing new audiences to the genre, but I didn’t realize how far that spread into the community until I started seeing Dudamel’s face on street signs, billboards, buses and throughout the corridors of Los Angeles International Airport. I haven’t had the chance to see Dudamel in person, but even through television, his energy, passion and excitement are readily apparent. See a bit of it in the preview video below. Then, watch the full performance with tenor Juan Diego Florez on WPT.