Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Since its inception in 1959, the “Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra” has consistently received critical acclaim for artistic excellence. Each January through March WPR is pleased to broadcast recordings from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra season.

Lori Skelton hosts the series that airs Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. on NPR News & Music Network stations and streams.


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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

2024 Schedule

Sunday, January 1

Conductor: Ken-David Masur
Soloist: Aaron Diehl, piano

  • Eric Nathan: Opening
  • James B. Wilson: Green Fuse
  • George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Arr. Ferde Grofe)
  • Duke Ellington: New World A-Comin’ (Arr. Henderson/Tyzik)
  • Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird

Sunday, January 8

Conductor: Ken-David Masur
Soloist: Chee-Yun, violin

  • Charbrier: Joyeuse Marche
  • Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
  • Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
  • Gabriela Lena Frank: Three Latin-American Dances for Orchestra
  • De Falla: Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat

Sunday, January 15

Conductor: Andreas Delfs
Soloist: Olga Kern, piano

  • Wagner: “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from Götterdämmerung
  • Grieg: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra
  • Sarah Kirkland Snider: Something for the Dark
  • Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, Orchestral Suite

Sunday, January 22

Conductor: William Eddins
Soloist: Karen Gomyo, violin

  • Nino Rota: Concerto Per Archi
  • Respighi: The Fountains of Rome
  • Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1

Sunday, January 29

Conductor: Ken-David Masur
Soloist: Augustin Hadelich, violin

  • Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Generations: Sinfonietta No. 2 for String Orchestra
  • Korngold: Suite from Captain Blood
  • Britten: Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra
  • Shostakovich: Suite from The Golden Age
  • Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Symphony

Sunday, February 3

Conductor: Teddy Abrams

Soloist: Susanna Phillips, soprano

  • Bernstein: Divertimento for Orchestra
  • Perry: A Short Piece for Orchestra
  • Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
  • Copland: Symphony No. 3

Sunday, February 10

Conductor: Fabien Gabel                                     

Soloist: Louis Schwizgebel

  • Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, “Emperor”
  • Bernstein: Fancy Free
  • Schmitt: Rêves, Opus 65, No. 1
  • Ravel: La Valse

Sunday, February 17

Conductor: Stefan Asbury

Soloist: Augustin Hadelich, violin

  • Koldaly: Dances of Galánta
  • Ligeti: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 36   

Sunday, February 24

Conductor: Andreas Delfs

Soloists: Frank Almond, violin; Wendy Bryn Harmer, soprano; Edward Nelson, baritone; Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Cheryl Frazes Hill, chorus director

  •  Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Nocturne, and Scherzo
  • Jalbert: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra
  • Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1)             

Sunday, March 3

Conductor: Yaniv Dinur

Soloist: Drew Peterson

  • Emily Cooley: Green Go to Me
  • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Opus 100

Sunday, March 10

Conductor: Asher Fisch

Soloists: Bella Hristova, violin; Michelle DeYoung, mezzo soprano; Stuart Skelton, tenor

  • Foss: Three American Pieces for Violin and Orchestra
  • Britten: “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes
  • Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Sunday, March 17

Conductor: Hans Graf

Soloist: Truls Mørk, cello

  • Barber: Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
  • Prokofiev: Sinfonia concertante for Cello and Orchestra
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95, “From the New World”

Sunday, March 24

Conductor: Ken-David Masur

Soloists: Todd Levy, clarinet; Robert Levine, viola; Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Cheryl Frazes Hill, chorus director

  • Copland: Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, with Harp and Piano
  • Vaughan Williams: Flos campi (“Flower of the Field”)
  • Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloe
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major (from 2018-2019 Opening Night)

Sunday, March 31

Conductor: Jun Märkl

Soloists: Evan Bagwell, boy soprano; Heidi Stober, soprano; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo soprano; Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor; Morris Robinson, bass; Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Cheryl Frazes Hill, chorus director   

  • Agust R. Thomas: Radiant Circles (Ken-David Masur, conductor)
  • Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1
  • Bernstein: Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125, “Choral”