The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra celebrates Edo de Waart’s eighth and final season with the orchestra. Under de Waart, the renowned MSO has enjoyed sold out concerts, critical acclaim, and a celebrated performance in Carnegie Hall. This concert will feature principal cellist Susan Babini on the cello, and will be de Waart’s final Madison performance with MSO.
The program for the concert is as follows:
Mozart - Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Bloch - Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody
Elgar - Symphony No. 1 in A-flat major, Op. 55
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is considered one of the finest orchestras in the nation. Its full-time professionals perform over 135 concerts each season. In its almost sixty-year history, the MSO has performed premieres of works by Phillip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, John Adams, and Matthias Pintscher. In 2005, it became the first American orchestra to make live recordings available on iTunes.
The pre-concert talk, at 1:30pm in the Fredric March Play Circle, will be offered by conductor Randal Swiggum. Swiggum is a popular speaker for the Madison Symphony’s Prelude Lecture series and also conducts both the Milwaukee Symphony and Madison Symphony in education concerts each season. He will assume the Artistic Director post with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony in the 2017-18 season. Swiggum's engaging style helps listeners understand and enjoy the sometimes complex and dense language of symphonic music.
This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee and was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. WORT89.9 FM and WSUM are the media sponsors.
Preview the program here.