Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Since its inception in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has consistently received critical acclaim for artistic excellence. Today, the MSO continues to reach new heights under the baton of its sixth music director, Edo de Waart. In addition to his present position as Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Maestro de Waart is also Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic; Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of The Santa Fe Opera; Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; and Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra since the 2010/2011 season. He has also held posts with the Sydney Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras.

The symphony’s 88 full-time professional musicians perform more than 140 concerts each season. Each of the MSO’s resident musicians is a gifted virtuoso. In addition to performing with the MSO, these musicians provide a strong professional core within Milwaukee’s thriving arts community. Orchestra players make frequent appearances with other local ensembles, perform as soloists internationally, and serve as teachers and mentors to music students and area youth.

A cornerstone organization in Milwaukee’s art community, the MSO provides enrichment and education activities for audiences of every age, economic status, and background. The MSO’s education and outreach programs are among the most highly regarded of any American symphony. Through initiatives such as Youth & Teen Concerts, MSO Stars of Tomorrow, and the nationally-acclaimed Arts in Community Education (ACE) program. The most comprehensive education initiative ever undertaken by an American orchestra, the MSO has become a national leader in arts education programming.

October 4:
 CONDUCTOR: Edo de Waart
SOLOIST: Rachel Willis-Sørenson, soprano
Emanuel Ax, piano

  • STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Opus 28
  • STRAUSS Four Last Songs
  • BRAHMS Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 83

October 11:
 CONDUCTOR: David Danzmayr
SOLOIST: Todd Levy, clarinet

  • TAUSKY Coventry
  • FINZI Concerto for Clarinet and Strings, Opus 31
  • ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme, Opus 36 "Enigma Variations"

October 18:
 CONDUCTOR: Edo de Waart
SOLOIST: Christina Naughton, piano; Michelle Naughton, piano

  • STRAVINSKY Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 revision)
  • POULENC Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra
  • STRAVINSKY Concerto in D major for String Orchestra (1961 revision)
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Opus 60

October 25:
 CONDUCTOR: JoAnn Falletta
SOLOIST: Zuill Bailey, cello

  • JOHN CORIGLIANO Phantasmagoria on The Ghosts of Versailles
  • SAINT-SAENS Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Cello and Orchestra, Opus 33
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Opus 35