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2015.16 Season
September 18 + 20, 2015 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Edo de Waart, conductor

Mozart
Così fan tutte

Following last season’s triumphant presentation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony continue their survey of the Mozart / da Ponte operas with the delightful Così fan tutte, featuring an internationally acclaimed cast, live on the stage of Uihlein Hall. Great opera in Milwaukee as de Waart conducts Mozart!

September 25 + 26, 2015 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Edo de Waart, conductor
Todd Levy, clarinet


John Adams
The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for Orchestra  

Wm. Schuman
Symphony No. 6

Copland
Clarinet Concerto

Gershwin
An American in Paris

Gershwin’s jazzy musical postcard highlights this all-American program. Also featuring masterworks by John Adams, William Schuman, and with our own Todd Levy, Aaron Copland’s haunting Clarinet Concerto.

October 30 + 31, 2015 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Edo de Waart, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Nielsen
Symphony No. 5, Op. 50  
     
Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

At his gold medal competition win, the audience stood, cheered, and wept. Violinist Augustin Hadelich has been hailed as a courageous, powerful virtuoso.  Now he returns to the Milwaukee Symphony for Beethoven’s towering Violin Concerto. And Edo de Waart conducts the electrifying Fifth Symphony of Danish master Carl Nielsen.

November 20 + 21, 2015 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Lawrence Renes, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Schubert
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, "Unfinished"   
    
Sibelius
Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105  
   
Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Composed in 1822, it languished unperformed for over forty years. Never finished, it was heard only in Schubert’s fevered imagination. Experience Schubert’s immortal “Unfinished” Symphony. Plus, the brilliant Jon Kimura Parker plays Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto.

January 22 + 23, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Christopher Seaman, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

Elgar
In the South, Op. 50, "Alassio"   
 
Sibelius
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Dukas
La Peri, poème dansé

Stravinsky
Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)

An enchanted tale that has delighted generations. The first masterpiece of a musical genius, experience Stravinsky’s The Firebird. And the smoldering Karen Gomyo performs Sibelius’s bracing Violin Concerto. She “played with golden radiance,” raved the Sydney Morning News.

January 30 + 31, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Hans Graf, conductor
Orli Shaham, piano

Lutosławski
Musique funèbre

Bartók
Piano Concerto No. 3

Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, "Pathétique"

Music of power and of passion: Tchaikovsky’s final work, the “Pathétique” Symphony. And, Orli Shaham plays Bartók’s last music, the lyrical Piano Concerto No. 3.

February 5 + 6, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Edo de Waart, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin

Anna Clyne
Within Her Arms

Bartók
Violin Concerto No. 2

Rachmaninoff
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Tchaikovsky competition winner Jennifer Koh, says The Strad, is a “risk-taking, high octane player. A scorching talent that should on no account be missed...” Experience her astonishing artistry in Bartók’s blazing Violin Concerto.

February 20 + 21, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Anu Tali, conductor
Sonora Slocum, flute

Grieg
Holberg Suite, Op. 40

Nielsen
Flute Concerto

Sibelius
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

A symphonic masterpiece of bracing sweep and epic grandeur. Hear the Milwaukee Symphony perform the Second Symphony of Sibelius. And the orchestra’s Sonora Slocum takes center stage for Carl Nielsen’s lyrical Flute Concerto.

March 4 + 5, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Frank Almond, violin

Brahms
Variations on a theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a

John Corigliano
Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra from The Red Violin

Dvořák
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70 [old No. 2]

A Milwaukee Symphony specialty. Dvořák’s spirited Seventh Symphony, one of his finest. Plus, Brahms’s joyous “Haydn Variations.” And with Concertmaster Frank Almond, John Corigliano’s Chaconne from his mystical score for the film The Red Violin.

March 11 + 12, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Jun Märkl, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano

Ravel
Suite from Ma Mère l'Oye [Mother Goose]

de Falla
Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Mendelssohn
The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, "Fingal's Cave"     
  
Debussy
La mer

“Music,” said Claude Debussy, “must be as boundless as the wind, the sky, the sea…” The symphonic waves of La mer suggest more than the tumult of the sea. Here was the new language of musical Impressionism that influenced music and musicians throughout the last century. What began with Debussy continued through Ravel, two masters who colored their sound with radiant orchestral palettes.

March 19 + 20, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Edo de Waart, conductor
MSO Chorus
Lee Erickson, director
Samuel West, actor
Milwaukee Children's Choir

Haydn
Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major, "Drumroll" 

Walton 
Henry V (A Shakespeare Scenario)

One of Shakespeare’s grandest histories, enduring for four centuries. Now, experience its spectacle as Edo de Waart leads William Walton’s music for Laurence Olivier’s Henry V with the rousing soliloquies read by screen and television star Samuel West of the Royal Shakespeare Company, winner of the London Critic’s Circle award for his recent Hamlet.

March 31 - April 2, 2016 | Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street, Milwaukee

Please note: This concert will be held at the Pabst Theater.

Ben Gernon, conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

Mozart
Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 300a [297], "Paris"

Stravinsky
Symphony in C major

Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme, for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33

Mozart
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 186a

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His was a genius that proclaimed itself early, developed swiftly, and vanished all too soon. This program features two of his exquisite symphonies, alongside reflections of the classical style by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

April 8 - 10, 2016 | Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street, Milwaukee

Please note: This concert will be held at the Pabst Theater.

Courtney Lewis, conductor

Mozart
Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 189

Stravinsky
Apollon musagète

Mozart
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

Today, two hundred and fifty years after his birth, the music of Mozart still speaks to us, moves us, and leaves us breathless.  Guest conductor Courtney Lewis leads Mozart’s great, final Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” plus one of Mozart’s earliest masterpieces in the form, Symphony No. 28.

April 22 + 23, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano

Barber
Essay No. 1, Op. 12

Shostakovich 
Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Still in her early 20s, Natasha Paremski has captured the applause of audiences around the globe. “Natasha Paremski came, played, and conquered,” raved Chicago’s Classical Review. “Paremski attacked the fusillade of octaves with virtuosic élan.” See her perform Rachmaninoff’s tour de force, the Third Piano Concerto.

April 30 + May 1, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Edo de Waart, conductor

Brahms
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Brahms
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Each work can be counted among music’s towering masterpieces. Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony invite you to celebrate the Romantic genius of Johannes Brahms’s four symphonies – beginning with the powerful First and the lyrical Second.

May 6 + 7, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Edo de Waart, conductor

Brahms
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Brahms
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony complete their survey of Brahms’s symphonies with the passionate Third and the great and noble Fourth. Come face to face with the genius of Brahms.

May 27 - 29, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Asher Fisch, conductor
MSO Chorus
Lee Erickson, director

Verdi
Requiem

It is a work of such imposing power, that no music can dare to match it in its scope and glory. The Milwaukee Symphony, Chorus, and soloists, all under Asher Fisch, present the concert experience of a lifetime:  the dramatic majesty of Giuseppe Verdi’s awe-inspiring Requiem.

June 10 + 11, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Martinu
Memorial to Lidice

Vaughan Williams
Symphony No. 6 in E minor

Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

Come to the Marcus Center and hear the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform one of Beethoven’s towering achievements, the mighty Symphony Number Three, the “Eroica.” Plus, works of Martinu and Vaughan-Williams composed in reaction to the horrors of war.

June 17 - 19, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor + piano

Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major

Copland
Suite from Appalachian Spring

Bernstein
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue

The fascinating rhythms of George Gershwin will fill the air as Jeffrey Kahane plays and conducts Rhapsody in Blue, and Ravel’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto in G.  Plus, Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and Copland’s stirring Appalachian Spring.

June 24 - 26, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano

Tchaikovsky
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op.23

Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13, “Winter Daydreams”

Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture, Op. 49

It’s all-Tchaikovsky! The 1812 Overture roars throughout the Marcus Center. Joyce Yang returns for the impassioned First Piano Concerto. And the too-rarely encountered First Symphony, “Winter Daydreams,” will enthrall!

September 12, 2015 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Rufus Wainwright, vocalist

Affectionately referred to by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" and praised by the New York Times for his "genuine originality," Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. Hear him this September, live with the MSO.

May 26, 2016 | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Renée Fleming, soprano

From the Metropolitan Opera to the White House and the Super Bowl, beloved soprano Renée Fleming redefines what it means to be a modern-day diva. She returns to sing her personal favorites in one spectacular must-see performance with the MSO. 

Classics

Mozart's Così fan tutte

September 18 + 20, 2015

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

An American in Paris

September 25 + 26, 2015

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Hadelich Plays Beethoven

October 30 + 31, 2015

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Schubert & Grieg

November 20 + 21, 2015

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

The Firebird

January 22 + 23, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique"

January 30 + 31, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

The Artistry of Jennifer Koh

February 5 + 6, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Sibelius Symphony No. 2

February 20 + 21, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Dvořák & Brahms

March 4 + 5, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Debussy's La mer

March 11 + 12, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Shakespeare's King

March 19 + 20, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Mozart & More

March 31 - April 2, 2016

Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street, Milwaukee

Mozart's "Jupiter"

April 8 - 10, 2016

Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street, Milwaukee

Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto

April 22 + 23, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Brahms Festival: Powerful & Lyrical

April 30 + May 1, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Brahms Festival: Noble & Great

May 6 + 7, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Verdi's Requiem

May 27 - 29, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Beethoven's "Eroica"

June 10 + 11, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

Rhapsody in Blue

June 17 - 19, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

All Tchaikovsky

June 24 - 26, 2016

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee

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