Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra


PianoArts is a proud partner of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Edo
de Waart, the MSO is among the finest orchestras in the nation. 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.

Now in his eighth and final season as music director, Maestro
de Waart’s tenure has included sold-out concerts, critical acclaim, and a celebrated performance at Carnegie Hall. Following the 2016.17 season, Maestro de Waart will become the MSO’s conductor laureate.

The MSO’s full-time professional musicians perform more than
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 45th season, the orchestra’s nationally syndicated radio broadcast series, the longest consecutive-running series of any U.S. orchestra, is heard annually by 3.8 million listeners on 183 subscriber stations in 38 of the top 100 markets.

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, Meet the Music pre-concert talks, and Friday Evening Post-Concert Talkbacks. Celebrating its 27th year, the nationally-recognized ACE program integrates arts education across all subjects and disciplines, providing opportunities for students when budget cuts may eliminate arts programming. The program provides lesson plans and supporting materials, classroom visits from MSO musician ensembles and artists from local organizations, and an MSO concert tailored to each grade level. This season, more than 7,200 students and 500 teachers and faculty in 24 Southeastern Wisconsin schools will participate in ACE.



MSO partnership in the
North American Competition

MSO violinists and cellists partner with semifinalists to rehearse and perform duos. Ensembles of MSO musicians rehearse with finalists prior to the full orchestra rehearsal. Finalists perform
all movements of a concerto with the complete orchestra in the Finals and Award Concert, open to the public. All activities are under the direction on PianoArts Music Director Andrews Sills.


MSO collaboration in the
Wisconsin Youth Piano Competition

Finalists perform the first movement of
a concerto with an ensemble of MSO musicians. The winner of this round performs the first movement of the concerto for a Youth Concert scheduled during the following season. The MSO Assistant Director and MSO pianist
serve as panelists on the jury.