Musicians Create Your Own Season: Julia Coronelli

David Lewellen

Tagged Under: 2021.22 Season, MSO Musicians

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 …

Julia Coronelli, harp

A Grand Opening, Oct. 1-3. This will be such a special concert in the Bradley Symphony Center, as we will finally be playing there as a full orchestra, all together, for the first time. Stravinsky’s Firebird rising from the ashes will be especially poignant for this first opening concert, post-pandemic.


Prohibition, Oct. 29-31. This will be an incredibly fun journey and include many different artistic elements. The Warner Theater itself will help transport us all back in time to another era, and combined with the music and visual aspects, it should be truly spectacular!


Peer Gynt, Mar. 25-27. Peer Gynt will be a true spectacle and convergence of music, theater, storytelling, and visual art ­– all things that we have missed experiencing live. Semi-staged productions are always exciting for both the audience and musicians. I’m personally also excited to see the costumes and puppetry.


Converging Landscapes, Apr. 1-2. This programming is stunningly brilliant, to juxtapose Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 and John Adams’s The Dharma at Big Sur for solo electric violin and orchestra. In some ways, both pieces couldn’t be more different, yet both remind me of the awe-inspiring rawness and beauty of two (at times, equally unforgiving) natural landscapes.


Requiem & Song, May 20-22. Again, this concert will have a common theme, yet showcase works that simultaneously couldn’t be more different. It will be fascinating to witness the side-by-side visions of what the “requiem” meant and felt like to Takemitsu and Duruflé.