Thursdays at 9:00 pm
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.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra programs are part of the WFMT Orchestra Series.
There are no upcoming broadcasts at the moment.
Aizuri Quartet & Beethoven 9
December 29, 2022
Season Finale: Ken-David Masur conducts a varied program that begins with John Adams‘ Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra and culminates in Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony.
December 22, 2022
Pianist Awadagin Pratt joins Ken-David Masur and the MSO to perform Jessie Montgomery‘s Rounds. Masur also conducts works by Richard Strauss, Felix Mendelssohn, and Robert Schumann.
December 15, 2022
Guest conductor Ruth Reinhardt leads music by Lotta Wennäkoski and Antonín Dvořák before welcoming pianist Alessio Bax to play Johannes Brahms‘ Second Piano Concerto.
John Brancy & Kelley O’Connor
December 8, 2022
Baritone John Brancy and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor perform Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem under the baton of Ken-David Masur. The MSO music director also conducts music by Tōru Takemitsu, Joseph Canteloube, Jacques Ibert, Misato Mochizuki, and Maurice Duruflé.
December 1, 2022
Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads music by unsung 20th-century composers Roy Harris , Erwin Schulhoff, Howard Hanson. Plus, Ken-David Masur leads a work by William Bolcom and Yaniv Dinur conducts a piece by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.
Jorge Federico Osorio
November 24, 2022
Friend of WFMT Jorge Federico Osorio, piano, joins the MSO and music director Ken-David Masur to play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 23 in a program that also features Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony.
Edo de Waart Returns
November 17, 2022
MSO music director laureate Edo de Waart leads music by Delius, Elgar, and Beethoven.
Aaron Diehl Plays Price and Gershwin
November 10, 2022
Pianist Aaron Diehl takes the stage to play Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement and George Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody. Music by Charles Ives and Samuel Barber rounds out this all-American program. Ken-David Masur conducts.
November 3, 2022
Famed violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the MSO and conductor Ken-David Masur to play Benjamin Britten‘s First Violin Concerto.
October 27, 2022
Violinist Karen Gomyo joins guest conductor William Eddins to perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1.
October 20, 2022
Pianist Olga Kern joins the MSO and guest conductor Andreas Delfs to play Edvard Grieg‘s famed Piano Concerto. Then, the orchestra plays moody and mythical works by Richard Wagner, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.
October 13, 2022
Violinist Chee-Yun joins Ken-David Masur and the MSO to perform Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Works by Emmanuel Chabrier, Maurice Ravel, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Manuel de Falla round out the program.
Aaron Diehl Plays Gershwin and Ellington
October 6, 2022
Season Premiere: Pianist Aaron Diehl joins Ken-David Masur and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform music of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. We also hear music by Eric Nathan, James B. Wilson, and Igor Stravinsky.
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.
Quiet City, Serenade, Harmonielehre
December 16, 2021
Edo de Waart conducts this program of music by Copland, Bernstein, and John Adams.
December 9, 2021
Edo de Waart and the MSO welcome violinist Augustin Hadelich to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
‘Hansel and Gretel’
December 2, 2021
Andreas Delfs conducts this performance of Humperdinck’s timeless, family-friendly opera.
Haydn & Bologne
November 25, 2021
Ken-David Masur conducts this performance of late-18th century music.