COVID-19 Update

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AN UPDATE ON THE 2020-21 SEASON

Your health, safety, and well-being—and that of our musicians, staff, and community—is our top priority. We are committed to providing you with a safe and welcoming environment to experience thrilling musical moments. And we promise to be your trusted partner as we navigate the future together.

When the pandemic began, we made the necessary—but difficult—decision to cancel the remainder of our 2019.20 season. Our hope was that by taking that essential step, enough time would pass to allow the community and country to weather this crisis with us all staying as healthy and safe as possible. When we cancelled the remainder of the 2019.20 season, we intended to return to performance in October 2020.

As you may have heard through the media, the basement of the Bradley Symphony Center sustained significant flood damage following an intense rainstorm and steam tunnel failure on May 18. Over the summer, C.D. Smith and partners have been repairing the damage while still working to complete the facility. Unfortunately, this caused a delay and pushed back our occupancy date until January 2021. In addition, the world still struggles to react to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has become clear that large-scale gatherings will likely not be a possibility when the building opens in January.

We appreciate the continued support and patience of our patrons and community during this time and we remain committed to keeping you informed and serving you with flexibility and  empathy as we navigate these changes together. You can contact us any time at info@mso.org.


Through a wide variety of programs and initiatives, we reach out to all music lovers, from the youngest listeners to the most experienced concert-goers.

 

FOR TEACHERS

ANNOUNCING OUR VIRTUAL CONCERTS FOR SCHOOLS SEASON!

We are excited to announce that the MSO has two digital education concerts in development for spring 2021!

The concert will feature the four orchestra families and the MSO’s brand new home, the Bradley Symphony Center! Best enjoyed by grades Pre-K through 5. Expected release is late March.

 

The past year has been one of the most challenging and difficult most of us have ever experienced. This concert will explore how music allows us to feel, process, and respond without words. Best enjoyed by grades 3 through 12. Expected release is early May.

 

The concerts will each be available for approximately 30 days in an on-demand format. They will be FREE to download, but educators will need to register to receive the link. Digital teacher resources will also be available for these concerts.

For more information about these performances and the registration form, please visit our Concerts for Schools page here.

Please note: We will update the release date information when it is available.

Arts in Community Education (ACE) Program

This nationally acclaimed program enhances students’ total education through the integration of music and other art forms into the overall curriculum.

ACE will be offered as a virtual program for the 2020.21 school year. We are welcoming new schools from throughout the state as well as homeschool groups to participate in the virtual program.
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Teen Choral Partners

Wisconsin high school choral ensembles are chosen annually to perform with the MSO for one of the teen programs in the Concerts for Schools series.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Teen Choral Partners has been put on hiatus for the 2020.21 school year.
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FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS

Stars of Tomorrow Auditions – Audrey G. Baird Stars of Tomorrow Concert

Open to all Wisconsin high school students, the Stars of Tomorrow Auditions are held annually for string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians. Winners receive scholarships and the opportunity to play in the Stars of Tomorrow concert with the MSO.
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Bach Double Violin Competition

Violinists 14 years of age and younger are eligible for this annual competition. Winners perform with the MSO on the ACE concert series.  Auditions are by appointment only and slots are first come, first serve.
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Wisconsin Youth Piano Competition

Co-presented with PianoArts, this piano concerto competition for pianists ages 11-16 challenges young musicians while providing positive learning experiences through rehearsals, performances and classes with professional musicians.
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FOR ADULTS

Many opportunities are available for adult enrichment, both inside and outside the Hall.
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