MCE Winter Solstice Benefit this Thursday!

Solstice Benefit Concert and Pizza Ordering

All SSM families are invited to celebrate with the MCE,  Sonora members,  SSM violas and String Orchestra at the 23rd Annual Madison Cello Ensemble’s Solstice Benefit Concert.  Support and cheer on our young musicians giving back to their community! Join the reception featuring door prizes, followed by a concert featuring a holiday sing and the powerful Vivaldi Double with over 20 celli and Sonora! Order pizza in advance.

Reception and door prizes will begin at 5 in the MyArts 4th floor atrium, followed by music at 7.  Admission is by donation.  See the flier below for more details.

Pizza orders for families will be due December 15th.   Pizza will be served at 5:45 on 12/21.  PIZZA ORDER FORMS CAN BE FOUND HERE.

ALL MCE members are encouraged to contribute to the fundraiser! Door prize donations should be delivered to MYArts or Beth’s house (2202 Van Hise) by December 19th.

Here are the songs for the Sing-a-Long at Great Wolf and the Solstice Benefit Concert.  Encouraging our young musicians to sing helps build their auditory memories and musicianship. For fun, alternate the holiday lyrics with singing the note names and finger numbers!

Tuesday, December 19th–Winter Solstice Dress Rehearsal at MyArts Starlight Theater
5:00pm Call Time for all groups

Thursday, December 21st–Winter Solstice Reception and Benefit
5pm Call Time–Tune and warm up is in the Starlight Theater all cellists, violas and violins.
5pm Reception and Door Prizes
5:45 Pre -Ordered Pizza Dinner
7pm Concert
Donations to the Solstice Concert can be made HERE.


No classes until January!  Enjoy your break.

Upcoming Viola Performance

December 17th–Violas at the Madison Children’s Museum, 3:15pm. Come enjoy the rich and festive sounds of the violas of Suzuki Strings of Madison as they present holiday and classical favorites.

SAW Retreat in Madison

Sign-up today for the Winter Suzuki Association of Wisconsin retreat, January 12-14 at the Marriott West Hotel and Conference Center in Madison.  Click here to register, and see the linked flier for details.

Bach Double Competition

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is holding their annual Bach Double Competition!  This is open to students 8th grade and younger.  For audition details, click here.

Sonora Retreat

Save the date for January 4-6: Sonora outreach, performances  and workshops in Door County

Overture Center Community Ticket Program

Reduced priced tickets are available through Overture Center’s community ticket program!  The current offerings are listed below.  Please email if you would like the promo code.

#1 All is Calm – Limit 3 tickets per patron order

Thu, Dec 7th – 7:30pm, Fri, Dec 8th – 7:30pm, Thu, Dec 14th – 7:30pm, Fri, Dec 15th – 7:30pm

Restrictions: Limited to side sections and balcony, Age Recommendation = 12 and older, no children under 6


#2   THE NUTCRACKER – Limit 3 tickets per patron order

Sunday, December 17th – 7pm, Wednesday, December 20th – 2pm, Thursday, December 21st – 7pm

Restrictions: Last four rows of Circle and Mezzanine, Tickets are available anywhere in the hall day of the show.

Age recommendation = 6 and up


#4 Changemaker Speaker Series: Luck is a State of Mind – Limit 10 tickets per patron order

Friday, January 5th – 7:30pm

Restrictions: None, Age recommendation: 6 and up


#5 The Rainbow Fish – Limit 10 tickets per patron order

Saturday, January 20th – 3pm

Restrictions: None, Age Recommendation: All ages