Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Thursdays at 10:00 pm
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

From the Chicago Cultural Center, hear weekly live concerts.

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. Internationally-acclaimed conductor Edo de Waart served as MSO’s sixth music director through the 2016-17 season. 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.

Debussy, Escher, and Holt

February 22, 2018

Edo de Waart conducts a program featuring the women’s voices of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Christoph König and Yulia Van Doren

February 15, 2018

Christoph König conducts a program featuring soprano  Yulia Van Doren and the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus.  

Asher Fisch, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Joyce Yang

February 8, 2018

Asher Fisch and Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor a program featuring pianist Joyce Yang.  

Carlos Kalmar conducts the MSO

February 1, 2018

Carlos Kalmar conducts a program featuring violinist Elina Vähälä.

JoAnn Falletta conducts the MSO

January 25, 2018

JoAnn Falletta conducts a program featuring cellist Zuill Bailey.  

Christina & Michelle Naughton

January 18, 2018

Edo de Waart conducts a program featuring pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton.  

David Danzmayr and Todd Levy

January 11, 2018

David Danzmayr conducts a program featuring clarinetist Todd Levy.  

Strauss’s “Four Last Songs” with Rachel Willis-Sørensen

January 4, 2018

Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen sings Strauss’s famous Four Last Songs in a program that also features pianist Emanuel Ax playing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Rachmaninoff, Barber, Shostakovich

July 27, 2017

Christopher Seaman conducts a program that includes Elgar’s In the South, Opus 50, “Alassio,” Dukas’s La Péri, poème dansé, Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision), and Sibelius’s Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 47 featuring violinist Karen Gomyo.

Schubert, Sibelius, Grieg

July 20, 2017

Lawrence Renes conducts a program that includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished,” Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7 in C major, Opus 105, and Grieg’s Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 16 featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

Rachmaninoff, Barber, Shostakovich

July 13, 2017

Edo de Waart and Francesco Lecce-Chong conduct Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Opus 27, Barber’s Essay No. 1, Opus 12, and Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Opus 10.

Adams, Schumann, Copland, and Gershwin

July 6, 2017

Edo de Waart conducts Adams’s The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for Orchestra, Shcumann’s Symphony No. 6, Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, with Harp and Piano, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris featuring Todd Levy on clarinet.