Adult Education


    Join us one hour before Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Classics performances for Meet the Music, an interactive pre-concert discussion about the works you'll experience live in concert. MSO musicians and local music experts will discuss what makes the repertoire compelling, pertinent and fascinating. Meet the Music lectures are free for all ticketholders.* 


    Following Friday evening Classics concerts, join the guest soloists and conductors for a special Talkback Q&A session in Anello Atrium. Friday Talkbacks are free for all ticketholders.* 

    * Meet the Music and Friday Talkbacks are not held for Specials, unless otherwise specified.

    MSO + Me

    A side-by-side performance opportunity for community musicians. Spend an evening rehearsing and mingling with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra members. Then, perform alongside the MSO in a concert for friends and family. Must be 21 or older. Our 2017-2018 event will be held on January 9, 2018. Details and the online registration form can be found here.


    Sponsored by the UWM Friends of the MSO, along with the Peck School of the Arts, UWM Alumni Association, Friends of the Golda Meir Library, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, this lecture series consists of four free community programs presented in the UWM Fine Arts Recital Hall from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Contact Rebecca Whitney at 414.226.7886 or at for more information.

    Upcoming 2017.18 Season Lectures:

    • September 13, 2017: Katherine Young Steele, MSO Principal Oboe, will speak on the program to be performed by the MSO on September 29 and 30, under the baton of Edo de Waart: Ives, The Unanswered Question; Haydn, Sinfonia Concertante; and Mozart Symphony No. 39. The talk will focus on Sinfonia Concertante.
    • October 25, 2017: Ilana Setapen, MSO Associate Concertmaster, will speak on the program to be performed by the MSO on November 10, 11, and 12, under the baton of Karina Canellakis, with violin soloist Jennifer Koh: Nico Muhly, Mixed Messages; Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 2; and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5. The talk will focus on the Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 2.
    • April 25, 2018: Yaniv Dinur, MSO Assistant Conductor, will speak on the program to be performed by the MSO on April 27 and 28, under the baton of Hans Graf, with cello soloist Truls Mork: Barber, Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance; Prokofiev Sinfonia concertante; and Dvorak Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” 
    • May 30, 2018: Tim Benson, Associate Director MSO Chorus, will speak on the program to be performed by the MSO on June 15, 16, and 17, under the baton of Jun Markl, with the MSO Chorus: Joan Tower, Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman; Bernstein, Chichester Psalms; and Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, “Choral.” The talk will focus on Chichester Psalms.

    Dessert and de-caf coffee will be served at the end of each program. Attendees will be able to purchase discounted tickets to the featured concert. These Wednesday programs are free and open to the public. We encourage you to bring friends.


    Contact the MSO Education Department:

    Phone: 414.226.7886