The MSO explores the natural world and its relationship to humanity throughout the year


KEN-DAVID MASUR opens the Classics Season with Strauss’s massive tone poem

Artistic Partner AARON DIEHL returns to perform Gershwin’s Concerto in F as well as a
premiere of Mary Lou Williams’s entire Zodiac Suite

The orchestra’s WATER FESTIVAL includes the works of Tan Dun, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Handel
Adolphus Hailstork, Britten, Smetana, Helen Grime, Rameau, and Takemitsu

Audiences will enjoy the masterworks of the symphonic repertoire including

The MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY CHORUS joins the MSO for performances of
Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mahler’s Resurrection


Season GUEST CONDUCTORS include Edo de Waart, Yaniv Dinur, Jader Bignamini, David Robertson, Nicholas McGegan, Markus Stenz, Han-Na Chang, Jonathon Heyward, and Roderick Cox

RETURNING GUEST ARTISTS include Orli Shaham, Christina and Michelle Naughton, Joyce Yang, Stephen Hough, James Ehnes, Blake Pouliot, and Inon Barnatan

The MSO welcomes GUEST ARTISTS Dashon Burton, Anna Larsson, Baiba Skride, Zlatomir Fung,
and Christopher Lamb

The season highlights MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY MUSICIANS Matthew Annin, Catherine Chen, Julia Coronelli, Robert Klieger, Jon McCullough-Benner, Chris Riggs, and Sonora Slocum.


Milwaukee, Wis. 3/18/2022 – Music Director Ken-David Masur and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced plans today for the 2022.23 season.  The orchestra’s second full season in the Bradley Symphony Center will focus on the natural world and the relationship between humans and nature. Works highlighting this theme will include Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum spricht (Every Tree Speaks), Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 “Spring,” and Dvořák’s In Nature’s Realm, among many others.

The season features a wide variety of repertoire including Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection,” Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter,” Still’s Symphony No. 2 “Song of a New Race,” Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Jessie Montgomery’s Records from a Vanishing City, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Strauss’s Don Juan, Holst’s The Planets, and Williams’s Zodiac Suite.

Music Director Ken-David Masur said, “We have cultivated our concerts around the theme of the relationship of human to nature. Themes of new life, fresh air, and earth’s elements are relatable to all of us and connect us to each other.  A city built on water, Milwaukee’s link to this precious element will be celebrated in our Water Festival. We are delighted to explore this theme and engage with our community throughout the season.”

President and Executive Director Mark Niehaus said, “It has been a joy to welcome our community to our new home this season. As we move into our second full season, we hope to deepen our connections with our new neighbors and all Milwaukeeans, building partnerships throughout our city. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported the orchestra throughout the last two years, and we hope that you found comfort and inspiration in live music at the Bradley Symphony Center.”

Water Festival – January/February 2023

In January and February 2023, the MSO will celebrate one of the natural elements that defines Milwaukee in the Water Festival. The festival will open with Tan Dun’s Water Concerto performed by percussionist Christopher Lamb, who originally premiered the concerto under Ken-David’s father Kurt Masur with the New York Philharmonic in 1999. He will be joined by MSO percussionists Robert Klieger and Chris Riggs. The festival will also include Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Adolphus Hailstork’s American Port of Call, Handel’s Water Music, Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea II (Umi e II), David Ludwig’s Pictures from the Floating World, Helen Grimes’s Virga, and Debussy’s La mer. Our own MSO musicians, Jon McCullough-Benner, Catherine Chen, Sonora Slocum, and Julia Coronelli, will be featured during the Water Festival.

Music Director Ken-David Masur’s Fourth Season

The Milwaukee Symphony’s second season in the Bradley Symphony Center is Ken-David Masur’s fourth season as music director. During the 2022.23 season, Masur will conduct nine concert weekends that feature music from a wide variety of composers of diverse time periods, backgrounds, and experiences. Repertoire highlights include a co-commission by Wynton Marsalis, Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, William Grant Still’s lyrical Symphony No. 2 “Song of a New Race,” a new arrangement for orchestra and chorus by Masur of Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture, Mendelssohn’s Elijah,  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection,” as well as contemporary works by living composers – Iman Habibi, Sebastian Currier, Adolphus Hailstork, Tan Dun, David Ludwig, and Helen Grime. Masur will conduct two of the concert weekends during the Water Festival.

MSO Welcomes Back Artistic Partner Aaron Diehl for a Second Season

Aaron Diehl continues as the orchestra’s artistic partner during the 2022.23 season. Diehl, a composer and pianist, will perform and participate in subscription concerts and special events. Next season, Diehl will perform Gershwin’s Concerto in F in October and then in May, he will return to premiere the complete version of Mary Lou Williams’s Zodiac Suite, which highlights musical associates of Williams’s each born under a different zodiac sign.



Resonance Food Co.

The Milwaukee Symphony and its hospitality partner have scaled up food and beverages with the creation of Resonance Food Co. Resonance Food Co. offers a medley of choices, prepared on-site by full-time chefs. The second floor Atrium and the ground level Gallery feature full bars with comfortable lounge seating for mingling and conversation. In addition, five bars serve every level of the Symphony Center, and patrons are welcome to take beverages into the concert hall. Patrons have come to expect signature dishes and bespoke drinks, accented by local flavors and favorite traditions, as well as changing menus that reflect concert themes.


About the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Ken-David Masur, is among the finest orchestras in the nation and the largest cultural institution in Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youth, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee. The MSO’s 72 full-time professional musicians perform over 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state. A pioneer among American orchestras, the MSO has performed world and American premieres of works by John Adams, Roberto Sierra, Phillip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, Marc Neikrug, and Matthias Pintscher, as well as garnered national recognition as the first American orchestra to offer live recordings on iTunes. Now in its 51st season, the orchestra’s nationally syndicated radio broadcast series, the longest consecutive-running series of any U.S. orchestra, is heard annually by more than two million listeners. The MSO’s standard of excellence extends beyond the concert hall and into the community, reaching more than 70,000 children and their families through its Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, Youth and Teen concerts, and Family Series.


2022.23 Season Listing

Alpine Glory
Friday, September 30, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Ken-David Masur, conductor

Christina & Michelle Naughton, pianos


WYNTON MARSALIS: Fanfare (Co-Commission)

MENDELSSOHN: Concerto for Two Pianos in E major

  1. STRAUSS: Eine Alpensinfonie


Aaron Diehl Returns: Song of a New Race

Friday, October 7, 2022 at 11:15 am

Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 2:30 pm


Ken-David Masur, conductor

Aaron Diehl, piano & artistic partner



STILL: Symphony No. 2 “Song of a New Race”

GERSHWIN: Concerto in F


Tchaikovsky No. 5

Friday, October 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Jader Bignamini, conductor

Blake Pouliot, violin



PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No. 1

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5


Every Tree Speaks: Habibi, Brahms, & Schumann

Friday, November 4, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2:30 pm


Ken-David Masur, conductor

Milwaukee Symphony Chorus

Cheryl Frazes Hill, director


IMAN HABIBI: Jeder Baum spricht

SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 1 “Spring”

BRAHMS: Gesang der Parzen

BRAHMS: Schicksalslied

BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture


Fresh Air & Beethoven’s Eroica

Friday, November 11, 2022 at 11:15 am

Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm


Ken-David Masur, conductor

Baiba Skride, violin


SIBELIUS: Night Ride and Sunrise

SEBASTIAN CURRIER: Aether, for violin and orchestra

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”


Ravel & Chopin

Friday, November 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 7:30 pm


David Robertson, conductor

Orli Shaham, piano


RAVEL: Une Barque sur l’Ocean

CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2

MESSAIEN: L’Ascension

RAVEL: La valse


Water Festival I: Percussion & Interludes

Friday, January 20, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 7:30 pm


Ken-David Masur, conductor

Christopher Lamb, Robert Klieger, Chris Riggs, percussion


TAN DUN: Water Concerto

SMETANA: Vltava (The Moldau)

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK: American Port of Call

BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes


Water Festival II: Neptune & Water Music

Friday, January 27, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 2:30 pm
Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Jon McCullough-Benner, bass


RAMEAU: Suite from Naïs

BOTTESINI: Concerto for Double Bass No. 2

HANDEL: Water Music Suite No. 1


Water Festival III: Toward the Sea

Friday, February 3, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 7:30 pm


Ken-David Masur, conductor

Catherine Chen, bassoon

Sonora Slocum, alto flute

Julia Coronelli, harp



TAKEMITSU: Toward the Sea II (Umi e II)

DAVID LUDWIG: Pictures from the Floating World




Rachmaninoff Piano & Lively Dances

Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 2:30 pm


Markus Stenz, conductor

Stephen Hough, piano


RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2

BARTÓK: Dance Suite

BIZET: Carmen Suite


Music of Clyne, Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich

Friday, February 24, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 7:30 pm


Han-Na Chang, conductor

Zlatomir Fung, cello


ANNA CLYNE: This Midnight Hour

TCHAIKOVSKY: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5


Music of Montgomery & Dvořák

Friday, March 3, 2023 at 11:15 am

Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 7:30 pm


Jonathon Heyward, conductor

James Ehnes, violin


JESSIE MONTGOMERY: Records from a Vanishing City

PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2

DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8


Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Friday, March 24, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 2:30 pm


Ken-David Masur, conductor

Dashon Burton, bass-baritone

Milwaukee Symphony Chorus

Cheryl Frazes Hill, director




Don Juan & Beethoven Piano

Friday, April 14, 2023 at 11:15 am

Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 7:30 pm


Roderick Cox, conductor

Inon Barnatan, piano


  1. STRAUSS: Don Juan

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4

SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5


In Nature’s Realm: Joyce Yang Plays Mozart

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 11:15 am

Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 7:30 pm


Yaniv Dinur, conductor

Joyce Yang, piano


DVOŘÁK In Nature’s Realm

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491

LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra


The Zodiac & The Planets

Friday, May 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 2:30 pm

Ken-David Masur, conductor

Aaron Diehl, piano & artistic partner

Women of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus


WILLIAMS: Zodiac Suite

HOLST: The Planets


Jupiter & Serenade

Friday, June 9, 2023 at 11:15 am

Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 2:30 pm


Edo de Waart, conductor

Matthew Annin, horn


BRAHMS: Serenade No. 2

  1. STRAUSS: Horn Concerto No. 1

MOZART:  Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”


Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony

Friday, June 16, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 7:30 pm


Ken-David Masur, conductor

Anna Larsson, mezzo-soprano

Milwaukee Symphony Chorus

Cheryl Frazes Hill, director


MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”