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WPR's Lori Skelton Hosts The Symphony's National Broadcast Season

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WPR’s Lori Skelton hosts this national series of broadcast concerts by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The 13-part series will air Sundays starting Jan. 5, 2020, at 2 p.m. on the NPR News and Classical Music Network, and on the Classical HD Network.

Since its founding in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has continued to be one of the country’s most artistically vibrant and innovative orchestras. This tradition has been enjoyed by millions nationwide since 1971 with the orchestra’s radio series — the country’s longest-running national classical radio series.

January 6

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Conductor: Ken-David Masur

Soloist: Boris Giltburg, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

January 12

Conductors: Karina Canellakis (Boulanger, Stravinsky); Jader Bignamini (Tchaikovsky, Respighi)

Boulanger: “D’un soir triste”

Stravinsky: “Le Sacre du printemps” (The Rite of Spring)

Tchaikovsky: “Capriccio italien”

Respighi: “The Pines of Rome”

January 19

Conductor: Yaniv Dinur

Soloist: Vadim Gluzman, violin

Wiesenberg: “Jerusalem”

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 12, “The Year 1917”

January 26

Conductor: Johannes Debus

Soloist: Louis Lortie, piano

Wagner: Prelude to “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3. “Organ Symphony”

February 2

Conductor: Carlos Kalmar

Soloist: Frank Almond, violin

Strauss: “Don Juan”

Bartók: “Deux Portraits”

Dvořák: Symphony No. 6

February 9

Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein

Soloist: Orli Shaham, piano

Still: “Poeme” for Orchestra

Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique”

February 16

Conductor: Alexander Shelley

Soloist: Blake Pouliot, violin

Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture

Bruch: “Scottish Fantasy” for Violin & Orchestra

Walton: Symphony No. 1

February 23

Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk

Soloist: Simon Trpceski, piano

Prokofiev: Suite from “Love for Three Oranges”

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7

March 1

Conductor: Eun Sun Kim

Soloists: Sonora Slocum, flute; Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano; Stephen Powell, baritone; Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Cheryl Frazes Hill, director

Reinecke: Flute Concerto in D

Brahms: A German Requiem

March 8

Conductor: Edo de Waart

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

March 15

Conductor: Jeffrey Kahane

Soloists: Jeffrey Kahane, piano; Todd Levy, clarinet

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14, K. 449

Schubert: Symphony No. 7, “Unfinished”

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, K. 622

Strauss: Overture to “Die Fledermaus”

March 22

Conductor: Matthias Pintscher

Soloists: Javier Perianes, piano

Matthias Pintscher: “Towards Osiris”

Debussy: “La Mer”

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”

Scriabin: “The Poem of Ecstasy”

March 29

Conductor: Francesco Lecce-Chong

Soloists: Sarah Shafer, soprano; Derrek Stark, tenor; Hugh Russell, baritone; Milwaukee Symphony Chorus; Cheryl Frazes Hill, director; Milwaukee Children’s Choir; Lynn Swanson, director

John Adams: “Doctor Atomic” Symphony

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