Milwaukee PBS to Live Broadcast First 2021.22 Season Concert in the Bradley Symphony Center

Milwaukee, Wis.5/6/2021 – The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced today a partnership with Milwaukee PBS to live broadcast the orchestra’s first 2021.22 subscription concert in the new Bradley  Symphony Center. The orchestra’s broadcast is planned for October 2, 2021, and the concert will be conducted by Music Director Ken-David Masur, with special guest artist, pianist Aaron Diehl.

The program will feature a new work titled Opening, by Eric Nathan, commissioned to celebrate the grand opening of the Bradley Symphony Center. It will also include James B. Wilson’s Green Fuse, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Duke Ellington’s New World A-Comin’, and Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

“Milwaukee PBS, one of the most viewed PBS stations in the country, is excited to partner with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on a live broadcast of the opening weekend performance,” said Bohdan Zachary, general manager of Milwaukee PBS. “A licensee of Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee PBS continues a years-long broadcasting collaboration that has existed between the two institutions. The fall 2021 concert special is destined to become a landmark event and that’s why we are especially honored to offer it live and at no charge to viewers through our region.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Milwaukee PBS,” said Mark Niehaus, MSO president and executive director. “Not being able to celebrate the opening of our hall in October 2020 with a live broadcast was among many disappointments when the pandemic shut down our country. But we are thrilled that we will be able to reemerge from this year and celebrate with our entire region.”

“Through Milwaukee PBS,” Niehaus continued. “Thousands of people beyond the concert hall will be inspired by not only the orchestra’s performance, but by this historic theater. The access to stellar education, performances, news, and programming that is the mission of Milwaukee PBS makes them an excellent partner to the symphony as we aim to make our concert hall accessible to more people throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.”

In addition to the live broadcast of the MSO’s first concert, Milwaukee PBS will be producing a pre-concert special highlighting the symphony as well as the transformation of the historic Warner Grand Theater into the Bradley Symphony Center and Allen-Bradley Hall.

About Milwaukee PBS

Milwaukee PBS is southeastern Wisconsin’s premier non-commercial media organization.  Milwaukee PBS consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and four additional digital television services.  The Milwaukee PBS stations are the area’s only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs. The stations are watched by over 627,770 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Milwaukee PBS is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College. MATC is a two-year vocational-technical college based in Milwaukee, WI offering day, evening and weekend classes on four campuses. For more information, visit



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 70 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 49th 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 40,000 children and their families through its Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, Youth and Teen concerts, and Family Series.