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Classical music: Free Hymn Sings by the Madison Symphony Orchestra are in Overture Hall on this Saturday and Dec. 1.

November 15, 2013
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By Jacob Stockinger

The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present two free Hymn Sings to the public in Overture Hall in the Overture Center, 201 State Street: on this Saturday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m.; and on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

All ages are welcome to join in singing hymns with music provided live on the impressive Overture Hall Concert Organ (below), originally the gift of Pleasant T. Rowland.

Organist Joe Chrisman of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Madison will perform on Nov. 16; and MSO organist and curator Sam Hutchison will perform at the Christmas Carol Sing on Dec. 1.

Overture Concert Organ overview

No tickets or reservations are needed for the Hymn Sings.  Each event takes place in Overture Hall and lasts 45 minutes to one hour. 

With a gift from the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, the Madison Symphony Orchestra commissioned the Overture Concert Organ, which is the stunning backdrop of all MSO concerts.

MSO Principal Organist, Samuel Hutchison (below, in a photo by Joe DeMaio), programs and curates it.

Sam Hutchison with organ (c) JoeDeMaio

In addition to the Free Farmers’ Market Concerts, the instrument is featured in the MSO Christmas and April 2014 concerts along with three Free Community Hymn Sings and a Christmas Carol Sing.

See details for all organ performances at

Support for Concert Organ programs is provided by the Diane Endres Ballweg Fund.  Other organ contributors include the Malmquist Family, two Anonymous Donors, and annual gifts from Friends of the Overture Concert Organ.  For more information please contact the MSO at (608) 257-3734 or

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