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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONCERTS FOR SCHOOLS
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020.21 Concerts for Schools performances have been cancelled. We look forward to the return of all our series (Youth Performances, Music for Me, Link Up, and Teen) in 2021.22. Please stay tuned for updates and announcements of virtual programming opportunities for the 2020.21 school year.
Each year over 30,000 students in grades K-12 experience the wonder of live orchestral music through MSO Concerts for Schools. These curriculum-based programs feature great works of the vast symphonic repertoire performed by the professional musicians of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Educational and engaging concert narration, preparation materials, and classroom visits by Forte Volunteer League docents give students the knowledge needed to grasp the music in greater depth. By understanding works in context, students develop a lifelong desire to hear orchestral music and a personal connection to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Seating will be assigned based on group size and accessibility needs.
► Bradley Symphony Center, 212 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
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For all concerts, 1 complimentary chaperone ticket will be offered for every 10 paid student seats. We recommend that children under the age of three do not attend Concerts for Schools. All attendees, excluding complimentary chaperone seats, need to have a paid ticket regardless of age.
An MSO Teacher Resource Guide is provided for each concert. Guides include information about the music and composers, as well as suggested lesson plans and student activities. Lesson plans are specifically written to support Wisconsin’s Academic Content and Performance standards in music, language arts, and other subject areas. Follow the MSO Education Spotify Channel to access the accompanying Audio Guides.
Additional General Resources
Browse additional recommended online and print resources to aid in concert preparation and to introduce students to the orchestra.
Virtual ACE Program
Looking for a virtual option to enrich your school curriculum this year? Check out the MSO Virtual ACE (Arts in Community Education) Program. This nationally acclaimed arts integration program will bring video performances, live-time Q & As, and a multitude of resources to teachers and students wherever they are learning. Due to the virtual format, we are able to make ACE available to schools throughout the state as well as homeschools for the first time.
Concerts for Schools is funded by the Herzfeld Foundation and the Eleanor N. Wilson and Irene Edelstein Memorial Funds as administered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Concerts for Schools is also supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). All MSO education programs are supported in part by an endowment from the Hearst Foundations and the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).