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. 

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.