Musicians Create Your Own Season: Elizabeth Breslin

David Lewellen

Tagged Under: 2021.22 Season, Classics, MSO Musicians, Pops

As the Milwaukee Symphony gets ready for its new season beginning in October, there is still plenty of time to subscribe, including a Create Your Own series of five or more concerts. Recently, we asked several MSO musicians: If you were creating your own subscription, what five concerts this season would you be most excited to attend? That’s different from musicians’ usual consideration of what they will be excited to perform. But if they were in the audience, they would want to hear …

Beth Breslin, viola

Bolcom Violin Concerto, Nov 19-20. I love the variety of  this program, a wonderful mix of exciting works by Mozart, Prokofiev, Haydn, and two pieces I am looking forward to experiencing for the first time: Schoenberg’s Opus 34 and the Bolcom Violin Concerto, performed by Ilana Setapen, our acting concertmaster.


Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Nov. 26-28. I had the pleasure of being an audience member for A New Hope several years ago, and seeing a movie (especially one of my all-time favorite movies!) with live orchestra is such a wonderful experience.


Beethoven’s Pastoral, Feb. 18-20. I absolutely love Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, and the Elgar Cello Concerto played by principal cellist Susan Babini is not a performance to miss!


Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto, May 13-14. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of my all-time favorite pieces of music.


Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Ninth, June 17-19. Beethoven’s powerful Ninth Symphony with our chorus will be a joyful and cathartic end to our first full year in our beautiful new home. Especially considering all that we’ve gone through since March 2020.