Milwaukee, Wis. 5/5/2022 – The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced plans today for the 2022.23 Pops season.  The orchestra’s second full season in the Bradley Symphony Center will feature Broadway hits, doo-wop harmonies, the music of beloved singer-songwriters, and jazz standards. The season will also include special performances with Rick Steves and Brian Stokes Mitchell, a Sound of Music sing-a-long, and will feature Jaws in the popular film with orchestra series. Season tickets are on sale beginning May 4, and single tickets go on sale August 29.

Pops Series

Bewitching Broadway

Friday, October 28, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 2:30 pm


Revel in the season of Halloween with a concert of fiendish Broadway favorites, sure to make you cackle with delight! Featuring hits from shows such as Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Jekyll & Hyde, Young Frankenstein, and Wicked. Costumes are welcome for this weekend of ghoulish enchantment.



Holiday Pops

Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Friday, December 9, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 2:30 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 2:30 pm


Jeff Tyzik, conductor


The Milwaukee Symphony’s cherished tradition continues! Join the orchestra and returning audience favorite Jeff Tyzik for a musical jubilee of your favorite carols, classics, and sing-alongs. The Bradley Symphony Center halls will be decked in splendor for this beautiful holiday music celebration.




Music of the Knights

Friday, February 10, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 2:30 pm


Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John, and Sir Paul McCartney are not only knights – they also happen to be three of the most successful songwriters of all time! This program honors their lasting musical influence with songs like “Memory,” “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Circle of Life,” “Your Song,” “Hey Jude,” and many, many more. Featuring compelling guest vocalists alongside the full power of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.


The Doo Wop Project

Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 2:30 pm


Love the classic sounds of Frankie Valli, The Drifters, The Del Vikings? Ever wonder what Maroon 5 would sound like if they had lived in the Doo Wop era? Featuring stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!



Aretha: Queen of Soul

Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 2:30 pm


Capathia Jenkins, vocalist

Ryan Shaw, vocalist


The MSO pays tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in a program including iconic hits like “Respect,” “Think,” “A Natural Woman,” and much more. Accompanied by three-time Grammy® nominated artist Ryan Shaw, Broadway powerhouse and audience favorite Capathia Jenkins lends her voice to this musical celebration of soul music from the heart of one of the greatest artists of all time.



Uptown Nights

Friday, June 2, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 2:30 pm


Byron Stripling, conductor & trumpet

Carmen Bradford, vocalist
Leo Manzari, tap dancer


Inspired by Harlem’s famed musical hot spots like The Cotton Club and The Savoy, this swingin’ performance of musical sensations focuses on Harlem’s heyday when Duke Ellington’s orchestra was the house band, and Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ethel Waters showcased the classics! Thrill to the vocals of Carmen Bradford and the fancy footwork of tap dancer Leo Manzari as they share the stage with your MSO.






Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm


Based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, The Sound of Music is filled with such timeless Rodgers & Hammerstein songs such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “So Long Farewell,” and of course “The Sound of Music.” This film screening in glorious, full screen Technicolor is complete with lyric subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along. You’ll also receive a free interactive prop bag and are encouraged to dress up as a character or one of your Favorite Things!


*Bradley Symphony Center Presents programs do not include MSO musicians.




Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey

Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 2:30 pm


Rick Steves, host

In this unique one-hour special, Rick Steves – America’s leading authority on European travel – plays musical tour guide and utilizes his extensive knowledge of European history and culture to help set the context for each piece. Then, the orchestra performs a selection of stirring 19th-century anthems by Romantic-era composers, including Grieg, Smetana, Strauss, Berlioz, Elgar, Wagner, and Verdi. The music is accompanied by a montage of evocative video images from each country.




An Evening with Brian Stokes Mitchell

Friday, April 28, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Brian Stokes Mitchell, vocalist


Dubbed “The Last Leading Man” by The New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television, and film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. He makes his Bradley Symphony Center debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, performing a glittering evening of show-stopping hits.





Friday, June 30, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 7:30 pm


Thrills await in this unforgettable film-with-live-orchestra experience! Stephen Spielberg’s original summer movie blockbuster, with an Academy Award®-winning score by John Williams, became a cultural phenomenon in 1975 and set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, forever changing the movie industry. Experience one of the greatest motion pictures of all time, with the powerful score performed live on stage. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat!”


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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.