A Madison Symphony Christmas:
Friday, December 1, 2017
Happy Friday, All!

Tonight is our first performance with the symphony--thank you for reviewing the details below. We're looking forward to an amazing weekend together!

Tonight is full concert (fancy duds) wardrobe:
Con Gioia and Cantabile: black MYC concert dress, black hosiery, flat, black dress shoes. Please do not wear any excessive jewelry (no visible necklaces, large earrings, etc.), nor perfumes/scents.

Ragazzi: spiffy tuxedo with bow tie, black dress shoes, black socks. If you were sent to Nedrebos for your jacket or were fitted without a bow tie, Lynn will have a bow tie for you at security tonight. Everyone else--your bow tie should be where it belongs when it's not around your neck--in the pocket of your jacket. Look there first!

Con Gioia Drop-Off/Pick-Up Times for this Weekend
Call time is 30 minutes before the concert begins. No need to be early--arriving so your singer is checking in at security at 6:50 or 6:55 is perfect for Friday night, 7:20 or 7:25 for Saturday; 1:50 or 1:55 for Sunday.

Now that we have a better idea of program length for the first half of the concert, pick up times for Con Gioia have been moved earlier by 30 minutes:

Friday, December 1: Call time is 7:00pm | Pick up is now 8:15pm
Saturday, December 2: Drop off time is 7:30pm | Pick up is now 8:45pm
Sunday, December 3: Drop off time is 2:00pm | Pick up is now 3:15pm

If you are attending the performance and picking up your Con Gioia singer at Intermission, you should simply leave the hall at Intermission (not before), walk around the building to Security and pick up your singer. There is always PLENTY of time for this. No need to leave the hall before Intermission--we will be waiting at security with your singer!

It is helpful if your singer knows if she is being picked up at Intermission (because you are attending the concert) or if she is being picked up at the earlier time above (because you are NOT attending the concert). A simple reminder before she is dropped off helps us determine who will be waiting slightly longer downstairs for Intermission to arrive. (This is not a big deal--just helpful so everyone is on the same page.)

Con Gioia singers do NOT need to bring their music tonight or tomorrow or Sunday. They DO need their security pass! Putting this inside a jacket pocket for quick retrieval works great!

Cantabile and Ragazzi
Your call times and pick up times have NOT changed:

Friday, December 2: Call time is 7:00pm | Pick up is 9:45pm
Saturday, December 3: Call time is 7:30pm | Pick up is 10:15pm
Sunday, December 4: Call time is 2:00pm | Pick up is 4:45pm

Please plan ahead to make sure you have time to find parking as downtown will be busy all weekend. Parking ramps near Overture will be charging their flat "Event Parking" fee of $8 upon entry. Cash or credit cards are accepted.

Con Gioia families: Again, thank you for not blocking traffic on N Henry Street during pick up and drop off. Please pull your car to a temporary parking spot along the curb or circle the block until there's a space. Traffic needs to be able to move in both directions as this is a main corridor for emergency vehicles.

Text Alerts
We've already used this handy tool to alert Cantabile and Ragazzi families of updated pick up times. To sign up for these handy alerts, please text the code assigned to your singer's ensemble (e.g., "@myccg" for Con Gioia) to the number 81010:

Con Gioia: @myccg
Cantabile: @myccb
Ragazzi: @mycrz

Thank you, parents, (grandparents!, etc.), for supporting your singer's participation in this extraordinary performance opportunity. Everyone is doing a fabulous job--looking forward to tonight!