Steve Lippia has never performed with the Milwaukee Symphony before, but “it’s been near the top of my bucket list for a while,” he said. “It’s one of the top orchestras in the country, with a great legacy and great reputation.”
Yang has soloed with major orchestras around the world for more than a decade, but she has made repeated visits to Milwaukee. “Every orchestra has a personality,” she said, “and I feel like I know the Milwaukee Symphony very well, since we’ve been on an emotional Rachmaninoff journey together.”
(K)ein Sommernachtstraum, which translates as “(Not) A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” was written in 1985 by the German-Russian composer Alfred Schnittke. The opening solo for last-chair violin is a charming waltz tune that keeps recurring in increasingly bizarre transformations over the course of 10 minutes. “I wanted to understand how Schnittke felt, to try to feel that way when I play,” Kim said. “I want to interpret it from the evidence, and not my imagination.”
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The historic movie palace on West Wisconsin Avenue, which will become the MSO’s full-time home in September 2020, is starting to look more like a historic movie palace and less like a forgotten pharaoh’s tomb. While scrupulously restoring the 1931 Warner Grand Theater, the symphony is also wrapping the original building in two additions full of modern amenities – catering kitchens, party rooms, HVAC equipment, loading docks, and yes, new bathrooms.