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The Rite of Spring

Karina Canellakis leads the lyrical D'un soir triste by Lili Boulanger. The concert also features Stravinsky's savage masterpiece, The Rite of Spring and Dvořák's lively Piano Concerto.

Gluzman plays Tchaikovsky

Vadim Gluzman plays Tchaikovsky's blazing Violin Concerto with "commanding technique, visionary breadth and incendiary passion" while MSO associate conductor Yaniv Dinur returns to lead the triumphant Twelfth Symphony of Shostakovich.

Great Mass in C Minor

Experience the operatic elegance of Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor along with the contemporary musings of Jake Runestad and Peteris Vasks.

Season Premiere featuring the Chamber Orchestra

MYSO kicks off its 2018-19 season with a performance by the acclaimed Chamber Orchestra.

Mozart in the Basilica

Today, more than 250 years after his birth, the music of Mozart still speaks to us, moves us, and leaves us breathless. Experience his genius in the splendor of the Basilica.

MYSO's 2018 Playathon, presented by Bayshore Town Center

The thousand members of MYSO making up three full orchestras, seven string orchestras, a wind ensemble, two flute choirs, numerous jazz combos and two steel drum bands, perform a FREE event. This is the organization's only annual event that features every ensemble!

The Golden Age of Hollywood

Lights - Camera - POPS! Andres Delfs returns to lead the magnificent music of the silver screen. The stirring themes from more than dozen Oscar®-winning epics such as Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, and Lawrence of Arabia.

From Heaven to Earth

All choir levels of the Milwaukee Children's Choir come together for the first concert of the season to highlight their early progress in the year.

Thundering Organ Symphony

Unrivaled in its scope and majesty, Saint-Saëns's floor-shaking "Organ Symphony" comes to Milwaukee. Also, Louis Lortie reveals the exquisite genius of Mozart in one of the master's finest concertos.

Founder's Concert

This annual performance showcases the organization's internationally acclaimed flagship orchestra, the Senior Symphony, and will feature pianist Elena Abend as guest soloist.

Orchestral Fireworks: Pines of Rome

Feel the sonic power of the Milwaukee symphony in Respighi's roaring Pines of Rome, with brass blazing from the four corners of the Marcus Center. Also Dvořák's Cello Concerto will be passionately performed.

Thanksgiving

Present Music's annual Thanksgiving concert will include a world premiere commission from Kamran Ince, our Hearing Voices vocal ensemble, the Reagan High School Choir, the Present Music Ensemble and the Bucks Native American Singing and Drumming Group.

Jurassic Park In Concert

Experience Steven Spielberg's Oscar®-winning adventure as never before: projected on a giant screen with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams' score live to picture.

An Evening with Megan Hilty

From the biggest Broadway showstoppers to poignant, beautiful ballads and magical music of the season, hear for yourself why Megan Hilty is considered among the great voices of our time.

Holiday Pops

Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble rings in the holiday season while Tony DeSare joins the Orchestra to perform classics, carols and more in this holiday favorite.

The Snowman

Experience the beloved classic on the big screen as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs Howard Blake's beautiful score. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs by arrangement with Snowman Enterprises Ltd 2018. Image © Snowman Enterprises Ltd. 1982, 2018.

Christmas in the Basilica

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this Milwaukee holiday favorite with us. Traditional carols and beloved Christmas songs will get you in the spirit for this joyous time of the year.

 

MCC Presents An Evening of Readings & Carols

Celebrate the holiday season with Voices of Eterna and Milwaukee Youth Chorale. Enjoy a night of musical cheer that celebrates peace on Earth and good will towards all mankind.

Handel's Messiah

Experience the most majestic and powerful music of faith ever conceived in Handel's Messiah, performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Handel's Messiah

Experience the most majestic and powerful music of faith ever conceived in Handel's Messiah, performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

The Flying Dutchman

Wagner's thrilling The Flying Dutchman is a sweeping allegory of the redemptive power of unconditional love. An internationally-acclaimed cast combines with breathtaking visual effects never before seen in Uihlein Hall.

Strauss & Dvořák

Frank Almond takes center stage for a pair of blistering showpieces by Ravel and Bartok while Carlos Kalmar leads Strauss’s Don Juan and Dvořák’s idyllic Sixth Symphony.

Tchaikovsky's Pathetique

Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" Symphony, William Grant Still's haunting Poem for Orchestra and Bartók’s expressive concerto all in one impressive exhibition of sound and history.

Progressions Winter Wonders

The students of the Progressions program will perform at this free concert.

Chicago in Concert

Experience the Broadway musical Chicago in concert with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Including an unstoppable evening of hits, like "All That Jazz," "Cell Block Tango," "Razzle Dazzle," "Mister Cellophane" and so many more.

Rhythmic Revolution

Performance features selected Jazz combos, including Latin jazz combo Rhumba, plus Calypso and Soca steel bands.

Regal Classics

Beginning in the Scottish isles with Mendelssohn's popular "Hebrides Overture," the show continues with Bruch's joyous "Scottish Fantasy" on folk tunes before landing in London with the rousing "First Symphony" of William Walton.

Symphonic Power

Featuring the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble.

Flute Fanfare

This concert will feature the organization's two flute choirs, Flute Chorale and Chamber Flute Ensembles.

Tribute to the American Black Composer

All choir levels of Milwaukee Children's Choir celebrate Black History Month by acknowledging the incredible contributions Black Americans have made to music. Repertoire will showcase Black American composers, lyricists or performing artists.

Symphonic Journey

Showcasing its flagship orchestra, the Senior Symphony, the concert will also feature MSO violinist Yuka Kodota as guest soloist.

In The New Chamber

Audience members will experience Present Music's In the Chamber concert in the new Jan Serr Studio. Music you've never heard before in a space you've never seen before makes a private and cozy concert with the Present Music Ensemble.

Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody

Hear Sergei Rachmaninoff's ravishing Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini when the dazzling Simon Trpceski returns.

 

Symphonic Spectacular

Featuring the Prelude Orchestra, combined String Orchestras and North and Philharmonia.

Classic Cadences

The combined String Orchestras West and South, Sinfonia and Chamber Orchestra featured.

Diva to Diva

Singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates the past century of the song and the songstress, paying tribute to Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King, Carly Simon and Adele.

Jazz Heritage Festival

Jazz combo performances by the young musicians in the Jazz Studies program, as well as clinics led by professional jazz musicians.

An American Requiem

Inspired by interviews with veterans of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, this is a moving, unforgettable tribute to the American soldier and examination of the insanity of war.

The Four Seasons in the Basilica

Season after season, the music of Vivaldi blooms in perennial splendor. The Four Seasons brings spring to the Basilica.

Davidson Chamber Recitals

Four recitals at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m presenting various performances from the extensive Davidson Chamber Ensemble Program.

 

A German Requiem

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Brahm's A German Requiem while our own Sonora Slocum performs Reinecke's robust concerto for flute.

Presto Mambo

A concert about the music of the Americas takes an unexpected turn when Max makes his way onto the stage to "help" the orchestra. Soon, Max is on a whirlwind adventure that takes him from the concert hall to the vibrant lands of Latin American culture.

De Waart Conducts Mahler

MSO performs the sublime Ninth Symphony of Gustav Mahler. Poignant and profound, The Ninth is Mahler's moving testament of the artist and his own mortality.

Fanfare and Finale

The Brass Choir, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Senior Symphony are showcased in the sensembles' final performance of the season.

Unforgettable: 100 Years of Nat & Natalie

Denzel Sinclaire and Dee Daniels perform this tribute to Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole. It's guaranteed to be "Unforgettable."

A Flute Festival

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

Rhythm and Blues

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

All-Night Vigil

Filled with sumptuous harmonies and beautiful melodies, this monumental work by Sergei Rachmaninoff will leave you feeling deeply moved.

MCC's 25th Anniversary Concert

All levels of Milwaukee Children's Choir celebrate a wonderful 25 seasons of existence. MCC will share musical joy and showcase why music and singing is so important to the lives of Milwaukee's youth.

Metamorphosis

Proudly featuring The Sinfonia Philharmonic and Wind Ensemble.

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.

Fire & Rain

James Taylor, Carole King, Cat Stevens. The fusion of Folk and Rock music swept the nation in the 70's. Relive – or experience for the first time – the blockbuster era of these singer-songwriters with their greatest hits.

Progressions May Melodies

The Progressions program presents its final performance of the 2018-19 season.

Kahane Plays & Conducts

Jeffrey Kahane leads Schubert's immortal "Unfinished" Symphony. Plus music of Mozart: the magnificent Clarinet Concerto with the MSO's Todd Levy.

StalheimTime Finale

Kevin Stalheim's final concert as Artistic Director brings Present Music back to the Pabst Theater for a celebration involving many local collaborators. StalheimTime is a thank you to the community, musicians, audiences and supporters who contributed to each experience.

French Masters

La mer is Debussy's seductive impression of the crashing waves. These concerts also feature Saint-Saëns's "Egyptian" Piano Concerto.

The Music of Michael Jackson

A Symphonic Tribute to The King of Pop! A live concert tribute in dance and song. From the early days of Jackson 5 to "Thriller" and beyond, this is the very best of Michael Jackson, as only the Milwaukee Symphony can play it.

Carmina burana

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Carl Orff's ecstatic Carmina burana paired with John Adam's mesmerizing Doctor Atomic Symphony is a show like no other.

 

Mendelssohn & Mahler

Your season comes to a spectacular conclusion as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler's First Symphony. Plus the breathtaking Simone Lamsma plays Mendelssohn's joyful Violin Concerto.