Since its founding in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has continued to be one of the country’s most artistically vibrant and innovative orchestras. This tradition has been enjoyed by millions nationwide since 1971 with the MSO’s radio series – the country’s longest-running national classical radio series. Under the baton of its sixth music director, the internationally-acclaimed Edo de Waart, the MSO’s full-time, professional, virtuosic musicians excite listeners with over 140 live concerts across Wisconsin each season. A selection of these are featured on the orchestra’s broadcasts, which feature exclusive behind the scenes and backstage musician commentary.

Previous Broadcasts

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm
De Waart and Weilerstein

CONDUCTOR: Edo de Waart
SOLOIST:  Alisa Weilerstein, cello

BRITTEN:  Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
ELGAR:  Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85
DVORAK:  Symphony No 8 in G major, Op 88

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm
The Brahms Requiem

CONDUCTOR:  Robert Spano
SOLOISTS:  Jessica Rivera, soprano; Nmon Ford, baritone; Milwaukee Symphony Chorus/ Lee Erickson, director

DELIUS: Walk to the Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo and Juliet
HIGDON:  river sings a song to trees from City Scape
BRAHMS: A German Requiem, Op 45

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Music from Eastern Europe

CONDUCTOR: Francesco Lecce-Chong
SOLOIST: Christopher Taylor, piano
BACEWICZ: Overture for Symphony Orchestra
LUTOSŁAWSKI: Piano Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Old Favorites, New Discoveries

CONDUCTOR: Carlos Kalmar
SOLOIST: Theodore Soluri, bassoon

PROKOFIEV:  Classical Symphony, Op 25
NEIKRUG: Bassoon Concerto [MSO Co-Commission]
SCHULLER: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Romantic, Late Romantic, Neo-Romantic

CONDUCTOR: Asher Fisch
SOLOIST: Michelle DeYoung, mezzo soprano

SCHUMANN: Symphony No 2 in C major, Op 61
BERG: Seven Early Songs
STRAUSS, R.: Death and Transfiguration, Op 24

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Kahane Plays and Conducts

CONDUCTOR: Jeffrey Kahane
SOLOIST: Jeffrey Kahane, piano

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No 4 in G major, Op 58
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, Op 14
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

CONDUCTOR: Edo de Waart
SOLOIST: Philippe Quint, violin

MASON BATES: Garages of the Valley
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 6 in F major, Op 68, Pastoral

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Classical Masterpieces

CONDUCTOR: Edo de Waart
SOLOIST: Richard Goode, piano

MOZART: Piano Concerto No 18 in B-flat major, K456
SCHUBERT: Symphony in C major, D 944, Great

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Tone Poems

CONDUCTOR: James Feddeck
SOLOIST: Todd Levy, clarinet

SIBELIUS: Valse triste
NIELSEN: Clarinet Concerto, Op 57
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet
LISZT: Les Préludes

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm
All Richard Strauss

CONDUCTOR: Edo de Waart
SOLOIST: Katherine Young Steele, oboe; Susan Babini, cello; Robert Levine, viola

STRAUSS:  Metamorphosen
STRAUSS:  Oboe Concerto in D major
STRAUSS: Don Quixote, Op 35

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Mostly Modern

CONDUCTOR: Edo de Waart
SOLOIST: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

BARBER: Essay No 2, Op 17
SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 99
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances, Op 45

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Concert Favorites

CONDUCTOR: Edo de Waart
SOLOIST: Inon Barnatan, piano

BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture, Op 80
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
MOZART: Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Highlights from three eras of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

CONDUCTORS: Zdenek Macal, Andreas Delfs, Edo de Waart

Program includes Dvorak’s Wood Dove, music from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and the finale of Sir Edward Elgar’s Symphony No 1.