“Music, the food of love” permeates Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Valentine’s Week-end Concerts.

Love's attractions and dilemmas infuse the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Valen-tine's weekend concerts  which feature the Madison debut of Russian violinist Alina Ibrag-imova. Guest conductor Daniel Hege will lead the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO).

Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers takes musical form in Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s recognizable “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.” 

Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 depicts lovers Daphnis and Chloe reuniting at daybreak, followed by a Bacchanalian dance. 

The evening closes with Ludwig Van Beethoven’s romanticera “Violin Concer-to”, the only violin concerto Beethoven composed.

The concerts are Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall, 201 State St., Madison.

One hour before each performance, Randal Swiggum, Elgin Youth Symphony Or-chestra artistic director, will lead a 30-minute prelude discussion in Overture Hall to enhance concertgoers’ understanding and listening experience.

Single tickets can be purchased for $16-$85, on the web site, through the box office at 201 State St. or by calling  (608) 258-4141.

Groups of 15 or more can save 25 percent by calling the MSO office at (608) 257-3734.Student rush tickets can be purchased in person on the day of the concert at the Overture box office.Students must show a valid student ID and can receive up to two $12 or $15 tickets.


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