Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Season listing | Biographies | Program | Pre-concert talk


An acclaimed symphony orchestra! For the ninth consecutive spring, we close our season with the brilliance and power of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation’s leading orchestras and a Wisconsin cultural treasure. Under the direction of Maestro Edo de Waart, the 80 full-time professionals of the MSO are earning glowing reviews for this season’s concerts of varied styles ranging from Mozart and Schubert to Bernstein and Prokofiev, newly commissioned works to much-loved classics.
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Concerts in Menominee, MI

Brown County Civic Music Association has a reciprocity agreement with the River City Concert Association in Menominee, MI (

Below is their 2016-17 season:

  • Dallas Brass – October 20, 2016
  • FIR (Irish vocal duo with piano) – November 9, 2016
  • Russian Quattro – March 6, 2017
  • American Roots of Pop – April 20, 2017

Members of Civic Music may choose one concert to attend as part of their membership. Contact the Civic Music office to make arrangements for tickets; call 920-338-1801 or e-mail

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – May 2016 e-Notes

On June, 25, 1910, Igor Stravinsky unveiled a ballet in Paris that was an instant success with both audience and critics and led him to composing additional operas, including Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, and Pulcinella.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform the 1919 revision of the Suite from The Firebird in the second half of our season-ending concert on May 21. The program will also include music by Bernstein, Dvorák, Strauss, and Saint-Saens.

No doubt about it, the MSO will be bringing a memorable season to a resounding close.

Fear not, we’ll be back September 17 with the Chrysalis Chamber Players to start our 2016-17 season. Also on tap next year is a brass group, a trio, a male a cappella ensemble and, of course, the stars of this Saturday’s concert, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. We are confident that you will enjoy these five concerts for the bargain price of $80 for the season. We again are offering early membership incentives.

In continuing another Brown County Civic Music tradition, we’re again offering a bonus concert for new members so it’s not too late to encourage your friends to join us next year or to give a friend or member of your family a membership. It’s a great present for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, Father’s Day — or any kind of celebration.

We look forward to seeing you at the Brown County Civic Music Association annual meeting on Monday, June 13.

We also remind you that we have numerous opportunities to volunteer and that your financial contributions help make these concerts a vital part of the Green Bay cultural scene.

You can also join fellow music lovers at a post-concert reception at Titletown Brewing Co. and for monthly dining at Perkins, Military and Shawano, Green Bay. So many opportunities, for fun and fellowship. Please tell your family, friends, neighbors — even strangers on the street about Brown County Civic Music Association.

Now, get ready for beautiful music by Wisconsin’s top musical treasure, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, including the program and player bios.

Announcing the 2016-17 season

The Brown County Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the 2016-17 concert season. See the 2016-17 season brochure (pdf).

All performances in the 2016-17 season:

  • are at Ralph Holter Auditorium
  • Green Bay West High School
  • begin at 7:30 p.m. (auditorium doors open at 7 p.m.)
  • are general admission seating

Early membership incentives

Purchase a membership – new or renewal – by June 1 and be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of four restaurant gift certificates from program advertisers:

  • Alpha Delights
  • Mackinaws Grill and Spirits
  • Titletown Brewing Company
  • Union Hotel

The winner will be notified by phone and/or email.

Bonus concert

New memberships for 2016-17 include a free bonus concert, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Memberships must be paid prior to the MSO concert, right up to concert time that evening.


2016-17 membership are available for online purchase at

By Mail

Mail a check and the brochure membership form to:

Brown County Civic Music Association
P.O. Box 5243
De Pere, WI 54115-5243

By check, in person

In person by check at the concert on Saturday, May 21, 2016

Doors: 7 p.m. Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Ralph Holter Auditorium
Green Bay West High School
966 Shawano Avenue
Green Bay, WI

MSO – Program

Season listing | Biographies | Program | Pre-concert talk

May 21, 2016 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concert

Yaniv Dinur, conductor
Ilana Setapen, violin

Overture to West Side Story Leonard Bernstein (arr. Maurice Peress)

Slavonic Dance, Opus 46, No. 8 in G minor Antonin Dvorák

Slavonic Dance, Opus 72, No. 2 in E Minor Antonin Dvorák

Overture to Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss, Jr.

Libertango Astor Piazzolla (arr. Johannes Berauer)

Oblivion Astor Piazzolla (arr. Robert Longfield)
Katherine Young Steele, oboe Sonora Slocum, flute

Tango (Por Una Cabeza) Carlos Gardel (arr. John Williams)
Ilana Setapen, violin


Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 28 Camille Saint-Saens
Ilana Setapen, violin

Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision) Igor Stravinsky

I. Introduction and Dance of the Firebird
II. Dance of the Princesses
III. Infernal Dance of King Kastchei
IV. Berceuse
V. Finale

MSO Biographies

Season listing | Biographies | Program | Pre-concert talk

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Edo de Waart, is among the finest orchestras in the nation. Now in his sixth season with the MSO, Maestro de Waart has led sold-out concerts, elicited critical acclaim, and conducted a celebrated performance at Carnegie Hall on May 11, 2012. The MSO’s full-time professional musicians perform over 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state. 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. 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 25th year, the nationally-recognized ACE program integrates arts education into state-required curricula, 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 7,600 students and 500 teachers and faculty in 25 Southeastern Wisconsin schools will participate in ACE.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Featured Biographies

Yaniv Dinur, conductor
Born in Jerusalem in 1981, Yaniv Dinur has performed with orchestras in Israel, Europe, the United States, Canada and Mexico. He has won numerous conducting awards, among them the 2nd Prize at the 2009 Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico, and the Yuri Ahronovitch 1st Prize in the 2005 Aviv Conducting Competitions in Israel. He was chosen by the League of American Orchestras to be a featured conductor in the 2011 Bruno Walter Conducting Preview, and he is a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Zubin Mehta Scholarship Endowment.

Ilana Setapen, violin
Since her solo orchestral debut at age 15 with the Amarillo Symphony, Ilana Setapen has been flourishing as a violinist with a powerful and original voice. She is the associate concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She has won top prizes in many competitions, including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the Pasadena Showcase Competition, and the Kingsville International Competition. Solo and chamber music performances have brought her to France, Brazil, Holland, England, Monaco, and Italy.

Sonora Slocum, flute
Sonora Slocum is principal flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. “Slocum’s solo work continues to impress. She plays with a clean, well-tuned sound, easily floating through the hall rather than slicing the air, always creating graceful phrases” (Shepherd Express, 3/14). Ms. Slocum has performed with orchestras throughout the United States and Asia. She has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and performed as guest principal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Katherine Young Steele, oboe
Katherine Young Steele is the principal oboe of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2012. Of her recent performances of Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto with Music Director Edo de Waart, Steele was praised for her “engrossing performance…with a ringing, beautifully centered sound and elegant interpretive direction” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 2/15). Steele was principal oboe of The Florida Orchestra, 2007-2012, where she appeared as soloist and collaborated on the orchestra’s multi-year cultural exchange with musicians in Havana, Cuba. She has also served as guest principal oboe in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra.

Learn more about the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra:
video: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra YouTube Channel

Classics by Request

Every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am on WPNE, 89.3, WPR Host Ruthanne Bessman plays listener’s classical requests on Classics by Request.
Listeners can submit their requests online at or call in toll free during the show at 800-442-7106. This is a great chance to get the word out about Brown County Civic Music Association and hear the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform. Be sure to mention that the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Brown County Civic Music Association Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in Ralph Holter Auditorium at West High School, Green Bay.