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:

February 24, 2019
Leonard Bernstein - Overture to Candide 
Anna Clyne - Masquerade 
Jake Heggie arr. Macelaru - Moby-Dick Suite 
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 93 
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 

March 3, 2019
Charles Ives - The Unanswered Question
Franz Josef Haydn - Sinfonia Concertante for Winds and Strings
W.A. Mozart - Symphony No. 39 in E Flat Major, K. 543
W.A. Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364
Franz Josef Haydn - Symphony No. 73 in D Major, "La Chasse"

March 10, 2019
Peter Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64
Nico Muhly - Mixed Messages
Leonard Bernstein - Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" (Joyce Yang, piano)
Christopher Rouse - Bump
Edvard Grieg - Notturno from Lyric Pieces, Op. 54 (Joyce Yang, piano)

March 24, 2019
Aaron Copland - Quiet City
Leonard Bernstein - Serenade after Plato's Symposium
John Adams - Harmonielehre
George Gershwin - An American in Paris

March 31, 2019
Leonard Bernstein - Divertimento for Orchestra
Julia Perry - A Short Piece for Orchestra
Samuel Barber - Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Aaron Copland - Symphony No. 3
Mason Bates - Garages of the Valley

April 14, 2019
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 (Louis Schizgebel, piano)
Franz Schubert - Ständchen (Louis Schwizgebel, piano)
Leonard Bernstein -  Fancy Free
Florent Schmitt - Reves 
Maurice Ravel - La Valse 
Olivier Messiaen - Les Offrandes Oublieeesd

April 21, 2019
Zoltan Kodaly - Dances of Galanta 
Gyorgy Ligeti - Violin Concerto (Augustin Hadelich, violin)
Niccolo Paganini - Caprice No. 21 in A major for solo violin (Augustin Hadelich, violin) 
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 36
Ludwig van Beethoven - Der Grosse Fuge from Op. 130 arr. By Felix Weingartner

April 28, 2019
Felix Mendelssohn - Overture, Nocturne, and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Pierre Jalbert Violin Concerto (Frank Almond, violin)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (words by Walt Whitman) - Symphony No. 1, “A Sea Symphony” (Wendy Bryn Harmer, soprano; Edward Nelson, baritone; Milwaukee Symphony Chorus (Cheryl Frazes Hill)) 

May 5, 2019
Emily Cooley - Green Go to Me
George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (Drew Petersen, piano)
Sergei Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
Sergei Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 (Ilana Setapen, violin)
Sergei Prokofiev - Overture on Hebrew Themes

May 19, 2019
Lukas Foss - Three American Pieces (Bella Hristova, violin) 
Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a  
Bela Bartok - Bluebeard’s Castle (excerpt) (Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano; Sir John Tomlinson, baritone)
Gustav Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde (Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano; Stuart Skelton, tenor)

May 26, 2019
Aaron Copland - Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano (Todd Levy, clarinet)
Ralph Vaughan Williams -  Flos Campi (Robert Levine, viola)
Maurice Ravel - Daphnis and Chloe Ballet Suite No. 2
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

June 9, 2019
August Read Thomas - Radiant Circles
Joan Tower - Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #1
Leonard Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

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.