June Featured Organization

Have You Heard of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO)?
YNPN Milwaukee's June Featured Organizational Member

MSO_Edo_gs.600.jpgWhat is the mission of MSO?

The MSO reaches out to diverse audiences through concert performances and nationally recognized education and outreach programs. All programs are guided by the MSO Family Shared Vision which states that the MSO exists for three purposes: to comfort, educate, entertain and exhilarate the human soul through events of cultural significance, relevance and artistic challenge; to embrace, preserve and foster our musical heritage; and to enhance the vibrancy of our community.

How can individuals and organizations get involved with the MSO? 

The easiest way is to get involved with the MSO is to attend a concert. With performances most weekends from September to June, there are lots of opportunities to experience the power of live orchestral music. Ticket prices start around $25.00 and sometimes there are concerts where tickets are as low as $5!Bugs_Bunny_With_orchestra.jpg
The MSO hosts many other concerts throughout Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin, not just at the Marcus Center. The first Monday of every month, you can hear MSO musicians at various Colectivo cafes, and you can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to learn more about special events around town. We have over 600 volunteers who help at concerts and events throughout the year, and our social group Crescendo, that encourages listeners to come as they are; no musical experience necessary! Check out our calendar at mso.org for dates & details on all our upcoming events.

What impact does the MSO have on the Milwaukee community? 

Orchestra.jpgThere are many ways the MSO creates a positive impact in the Milwaukee Community. We perform over 135 performances in and around our state each year, reaching a diverse audience of 200,000 people. Maestro Edo de Waart and the orchestra continue to build upon our artistry and excellence with concerts featuring renowned guest artists such as film composer John Williams, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Joyce Yang, and shine the spotlight on our very own musicians and chorus.

The MSO reaches 30,000 students & teachers in metro Milwaukee with our Concerts for Schools performances. More are reached with our nationally acclaimed Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, Link Up with Carnegie Hall, the Composer Institute, Meet the Music and our Symphony 360 initiative.

How does the MSO measure its success? Link_Up.jpg

The MSO measures its success in a number of ways, including ticket sales and donations. For the last three years, we have balanced our operating budget and are on track to do so again this season. The ability to schedule world-class guest artists and conductors helps to increase the MSO’s reputation and national profile. The MSO’s education programs also are highly successful, including the Stars of Tomorrow competition, which has been held for over 45 years. Several competition winners have gone on to careers as professional musicians, including 4 members of the MSO. Of course, our ability to fulfill the MSO’s Shared Vision is our biggest indicator of success.

What can we look for from the MSO in 2016? 

MSOACE8455.jpgThe MSO continues its season through the end of June, with performances that feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3,"Eroica," Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky. YNPN Milwaukee Member: Join us & save! Use promo code YNPN25 for $25 premium orchestra seats to any remaining Classics or Pops performance during the 2015.16 season. (Excludes Yo-Yo Ma.)

Be sure to catch the MSO at Chill on the Hill in Bay View on June 21, too. Our 2016.17 season starts in September, with performances of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro led by Music Director Edo de Waart and featuring an international cast. The season also includes Disney’s “Fantasia” live with orchestra, Raiders of the Lost Ark film with live orchestra, and a one-night-only concert with violinist Itzhak Perlman. Stay tuned to learn about other performances and special events!


Want to learn more? Connect with the MSO below!

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