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 9, 2020
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 188 (Boris Giltburg, piano)
Alexander Scriabin: Etude Op. 2 No. 1 in C sharp minor (Boris Giltburg, piano) 
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40 (Joyce Yang, piano)

February 16, 2020
Lili Boulanger: D’un soir triste
Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (1947) 
Peter Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, Op. 45 
Ottorino Respighi: The Pines of Rome
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi (Robert Levine, viola)

February 23, 2020
Menachem Wiesenberg: Jerusalem
Peter Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 (Vadim Gluzman, violin) 
J.S. Bach: Sarabande from Partita No. 2 in D minor (Vadim Gluzman, violin)
J.S. Bach: Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita No. 3 in E major (Vadim Gluzman, violin) 
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 12 in D minor “The Year 1917”
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe Suite No. 2

March 8, 2020
Richard Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger 
Wolfgang Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595 (Louis Lortie, piano)
Camille Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in B minor “Organ”
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major “Italian” (from the 2012-2013 season)

March 15, 2020
Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
Bela Bartok: Two Portraits (Frank Almond, violin)
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60
Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings

March 22, 2020
William Grant Still: Poem for Orchestra
Bela Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Orli Shaham, piano)
Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique” 
Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs (Rachel Willis Sorensen, soprano) (archive performance)

March 29, 2020
Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture “Fingal’s Cave” Op. 26
Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra in E flat major, Op. 46 (Blake Pouliot, violin)
William Walton: Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor
William Walton arr. Christopher Palmer: Final section of Henry V: a Shakespeare Scenario

April 5, 2020
Sergei Prokofiev: Suite from the Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33a
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43 (Simon Trpceski, piano)
Sergei Prokofiev: Scherzo Humoristique, Op. 12 No. 10 (Simon Trpceski, piano)
Stein Eide: Silent Wave (Simon Trpceski, piano)
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor Op. 131
W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

April 12, 2020
Witold Lutoslawski: Musique funebre
Carl Reinecke: Flute Concerto in D major, Op. 283 (Sonora Slocum, flute)
Claude Debussy: Syrinx for solo flute (Sonora Slocum, flute)
Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45 (Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano; Stephen Powell, baritone)

April 19, 2020
Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration Op. 24
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

May 3, 2020
W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in E flat major, K. 449
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 7 in B minor, “Unfinished” D.759
W.A. Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, K.622 (Todd Levy, Clarinet)
Johann Strauss: Overture to Die Fledermaus
W.A. Mozart: Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 2 in E flat major, K. (Matthew Annin, horn)


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.