Musicians Create Your Own Season: Yuka Kadota

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 …

Yuka Kadota, first violin

The Princess Bride, Jan. 1-2. It’s a great movie with so many quotable moments! I’ll be giddy the whole time I’m playing.


30s Festival: Stage to Screen, Jan. 21-22.  Augustin Hadelich is one of my favorite living violinists, and the Britten is a really neat concerto. It’s not played very often, and wickedly difficult for both soloist and orchestra, but it’s totally worth the effort. Actually, the whole program is quite technically challenging but worthwhile, musically, for both the performers and the audience.


Beethoven’s Pastoral, Feb. 18-20. Beethoven 6 and Delius make this a beautifully evocative program of nature. And with Edo conducting, I think it will feel like a wonderful vacation in the countryside with an old friend. Just the escape we will all need in February.


Converging Landscapes, Apr. 1-2. I’m excited about the visual element that accompanies Adams’s Dharma at Big Sur, as well as the electric violin being featured on a Classics program. It’s different and feels very modern.


Strauss & Schumann, June 10-11. Awadagin Pratt is a wonderful pianist and friend, and I’m excited to see him in Milwaukee premiering Jessie Montgomery’s new concerto.