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Brahms + Schumann

"If only you could breathe into your orchestra, when it plays, that longing for spring!” Schumann wrote to a conductor of his First Symphony, suggesting that the music feel like “the world turning green.” This program bursts with song, including three choral pieces written by Brahms and featuring the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. The New York Times has called mezzo soprano Tamara Mumford “revelatory,” praising her “dusky depths” and “ringing heights.”

Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience

The Beatles come to life in Revolution, a symphonic tribute to the Fab Four accompanied by a collection of rare photos, videos and animations displayed on the screen above the Orchestra. This magical musical and visual journey includes over 25 of the Beatles’ top hits, such as “Ticket to Ride,” Penny Lane,” “All You Need is Love, “Hey Jude” and more, all performed live by the MSO.

Fanfare and Finale

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Senior Symphony are showcased in the ensembles’ final performance of the season.

Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony

Beethoven experienced an on-again-off-again admiration for Napoleon Bonaparte, resulting in the composer famously ripping up the dedication page to his Third Symphony, initially named for Napoleon. Beethoven’s revised title “Eroica” (“Heroic”) suits this music; the Third is a grand symphony of tension, energy and triumph.

All Choir Concert – Families: Best Beloved

An afternoon exploring the relationships we hold dear at home and in our community.

Davidson Chamber Recitals

Presenting various performances from the Davidson Chamber Ensemble Program.

Beethoven + Bolcom’s Violin Concerto

“If any of Beethoven's contemporaries had written this symphony, it would be considered that composer's masterwork,” claims music scholar Robert Greenberg. While sometimes overshadowed by Beethoven’s other symphonies, the Fourth is a buoyant, witty example of Beethoven’s brilliance. Associate Conductor Yaniv Dinur leads the MSO in these concerts, which include a jazz-infused violin concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, performed here by the MSO’s own Ilana Setapen.

Rhythm and Blues

Performance features all Jazz Combos, including the elite Bronzeville Jazz Ensemble, plus Calypso and Soca steel bands.

A Flute Festival

The two flute choirs are highlighted in the ensembles’ final appearance of the season.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – Film with Live Orchestra

The MSO presents 1983’s Return of the Jedi, the third and final installment of the original Star Wars trilogy. Experience the complete movie — featuring Luke and Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader — as the Orchestra performs John Williams’s landmark score live-to-film.

Keep the Home Fires Burning

This concert surveys the music that accompanied and inspired the men and women who lived and fought during World War I. Bel Canto will perform music that sustained and consoled the troops as they lived and died in the trenches. The concert will culminate in a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ epic plea for peace, Dona Nobis Pacem.  Special guest and friend of Bel Canto Chorus, Mary Alice Tierney, will narrate the program.

String Serenade

The all-string ensembles Prelude Orchestra, String Orchestras South/ West and String Orchestras North/Central will be featured.

Symphonic Celebration

This performance will feature the Percussion Ensemble, Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestra.

Progressions May Melodies

The Progressions program presents its final performance of the 2019-20 season.

Pastoral Sounds

A visit to the countryside and a pleasant, babbling brook. A “merry gathering” of friends and neighbors. A sudden downpour and, finally,feelings of “thanks to the Deity.” This is the path Beethoven charts through his Sixth Symphony, titled Pastoral after its idyllic country setting; listen for birdsong, thunder and the call of the shepherds. Music Director Laureate Edo de Waart returns to conduct this icon. On the first half, MSO Principal Cello Susan Babini performs Elgar’s poignant Cello Concerto.

Spaghetti Western

Co-Artistic Director David Bloom brings the 2020 season to a close for a program of crosscurrents with music by Americans living in Italy, and Italians whose music has permeated US culture. The Spaghetti Western season finale features a range of modernized studies on the music of film legend Ennio Morricone, American folk legend Woody Guthrie and more. Also included on the program is David Bloom’s chamber ensemble arrangement of Milwaukee-native composer Yotam Haber’s "New Ghetto Music."

Beethoven’s Emperor

In the season’s final celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, the MSO performs the composer’s mighty Emperor piano concerto; expect military rhythms and explosive brilliance for the solo piano. Han-na Chang also conducts Bartók’s towering Concerto for Orchestra, which gives each section of instruments a chance to shine.

Season Finale – Everyone Sang

The MSO closes its season with one of the most legendary and beloved works for the instrument: Bruch’s Violin Concerto, performed here by Concertmaster Frank Almond. The program also invites the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus for three choral gems: a sacred work by Dvořák, Vaughan Williams’ Whitman-inspired Toward the Unknown
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and Everyone Sang by contemporary composer Helen Grime.

Blockbuster Scores – Music from TV & Film

A great soundtrack can create drama, sizzle, intrigue and romance. In this dynamic program, we explore the world of blockbuster movie and TV scores, from Back to the Future to Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and beyond. Prepare to have your hair raised, your heart melted, and your spirits lifted by the power of music.