Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Thursdays at 9:00 pm

Maestro Ken-David Masur, Music Director and Polly and Bill Van Dyke Music Director Chair for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Adam DeTour)

Hear the country’s longest-running national classical radio series.

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. Millions nationwide have experienced the MSO since 1971 through its radio series – the country’s longest-running national classical radio series. Led by Ken-David Masur, who was appointed music director in 2018, the MSO’s virtuosic musicians excite listeners with over 140 live concerts across Wisconsin each season. A selection of concerts is featured in the broadcast series along with exclusive, behind-the-scenes conversations with musicians.

Foss Conducts Foss

October 21, 2021

Lukas Foss takes center stage, conducting music that he composed. The evening culminates with an MSO commission: With Music Strong.

Bridge to Classical

October 28, 2021

Ken-David Masur conducts this program of composers — including Mozart, Stamitz, and CPE Bach — who thrived in this transition between the Baroque and Classical eras.

Dvořák’s ‘Stabat Mater’

November 4, 2021

Zdeněk Mácal conducts Barbara Pearson, soprano; Janice Taylor, mezzo-soprano; Jonathan Welch, tenor; Kurt Link, bass; Milwaukee Symphony Chorus in a performance of Dvořák’s seminal work.

Orchestras: Chamber, Wind, String

November 11, 2021

Ken-David Masur conducts this showcase of different orchestra configurations.

Bruckner’s 8th Symphony

November 18, 2021

Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducts a performance of Bruckner’s final completed symphony.

Haydn & Bologne

November 25, 2021

Ken-David Masur conducts this performance of late-18th century music.

‘Hansel and Gretel’

December 2, 2021

Andreas Delfs conducts this performance of Humperdinck’s timeless, family-friendly opera.

Augustin Hadelich

December 9, 2021

Edo de Waart and the MSO welcome violinist Augustin Hadelich to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

Quiet City, Serenade, Harmonielehre

December 16, 2021

Edo de Waart conducts this program of music by Copland, Bernstein, and John Adams.

Symphonic Pictures

December 23, 2021

Ken-David Masur conducts music by Mussorgsky and Brahms.

Winter Medley

December 30, 2021

In a wide-ranging program, Ken-David Masur conducts music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Henry Purcell, plus Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and Daniel Kidane.