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The MSO is beyond question the leading arts enterprise in the Madison area. It celebrated its 75th season in 1999-2000. There have been only three resident music directors during my time in Madison: Walter Herrmann (a cellist and son of the famous Viennese violinist Hugo Herrmann); Roland Johnson, (a violinist and protegé of Hermann Scherchen), who conducted the MSO for 32 seasons, a remarkable achievement, and since 1994 John DeMain, who was the former music director of the Houston Grand Opera. DeMain has catapulted the entire MSO organization onto a much higher and more professional plane.




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