Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra - On Stage


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Since its founding in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been a community treasure that presents outstanding performances. This tradition has moved and engaged millions nationwide since 1971 with the Milwaukee Symphony radio series – the country’s longest-running national classical radio series. Under the baton of its sixth music director, the internationally-acclaimed Edo de Waart, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s full-time, professional, virtuosic musicians connect with listeners at over 140 live concerts across Wisconsin each season. A selection of these are featured on the orchestra’s broadcasts, which feature exclusive behind-the-scenes and backstage commentary from the conductors, soloists, and musicians themselves.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra - On Stage is produced and distributed by the WFMT Radio Network.

About the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a pioneer among American orchestras. The orchestra has performed world and American premieres of works by John Adams, Roberto Sierra, Phillip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, Marc Neikrug, and Matthias Pintscher. In 2005, the Milwaukee Symphony gained national recognition as the first American orchestra to offer live recordings on iTunes, and continues to offer over forty albums available for download.

A cornerstone of Milwaukee’s art community, and as Wisconsin’s largest cultural organization, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra enriches and educates audiences of every age, economic status, and background. The Milwaukee Symphony’s education and outreach programs are among the most highly regarded of any American symphony and locally reach over 40,000 children and their families through initiatives such as Youth & Teen Concerts, Meet the Music pre-concert talks, and Friday Evening Post-Concert Talkbacks, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Stars of Tomorrow. The Orchestra’s signature, nationally-acclaimed Arts in Community Education (ACE) program is the most comprehensive education initiative ever undertaken by an American orchestra and for over a quarter of a century has been the model program for countless U.S. orchestras. 


KMFA Broadcast Schedule:

January 17, 2021
Richard Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Detlev Glanert: Brahms - Fantasie: Heliogravure 
Richard Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
Johannes Brahms: Excerpt from Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

January 24, 2021
Kaija Saariaho: Ciel d’hiver
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 (excerpt)

January 31, 2021
Emmanuel Chabrier: España
Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Georges Bizet: Suite No. 1 from Carmen
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol
Maurice Rave:l Bolero
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship and The Tale of the Kalendar Prince from Scheherazade

February 7, 2021
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major , Op. 36

February 14, 2021
Felix Mendelssohn: Overture and Nocturne to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 36

February 21, 2021
John Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls
W.A. Mozart: Requiem

February 28, 2021
Darius Milhaud: La Creation du Monde
George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony Dances
George Gershwin: An American in Paris

March 7, 2021
John Adams: The Chairman Dances
Carl Nielsen: Flute Concerto
John Adams: Violin Concerto
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 5, Op. 50
Julia Perry: A Short Piece for Orchestra

March 14, 2021
Felix Mendelssohn: Trumpet Overture, Op. 101
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzoni
Michele Dall’Ongaro: La Primavera
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian”
Ludwig van Beethoven: Excerpt from Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

March 21, 2021
Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26
Alfred Schnittke: (K)ein Sommernachtstraum
Modest Mussorgsky, orch. Sergei Gorchakov: Pictures at an Exhibition
Dmitri Shostakovich: Excerpt from Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

March 28, 2021
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Russian: Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36
Peter Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3 in C, Op. 44
Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28

Apr 4, 2021
Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007

Host - Lori Skelton

Classical announcer Lori Skelton began working at Wisconsin Public Radio in 1993 and is the host of Afternoon Classics each weekday, and the producer and host of Wisconsin Classical. In addition to her work at WPR, Skelton sings in the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, enjoys learning about prairie restoration, biking, gardening, and wine tasting. She is also a regular contributor to Food Friday segments on Central Time.


Sunday 7:00 p.m.