The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Edo de Waart, has embarked upon a new era of artistic excellence and critical acclaim. In his fourth year with the MSO, Maestro de Waart has led sold-out concerts, elicited rave reviews and conducted a performance at Carnegie Hall on May 11, 2012, in the Spring for Music festival. Read More
It’s tradition! For the sixth consecutive season, Brown County Civic Music closes its annual concert series with the majestic power and superb musicianship of one of America’s preeminent orchestras. Back yet again by popular demand, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present an appealing program. From delicate solo passages to bold sweeping crescendos, the full-time professional musicians of the MSO demonstrate anew there’s nothing quite like an evening of live classical music.
It’s tradition! For the seventh consecutive season, we close with the majestic power and superb musicianship of one of America’s preeminent orchestras. From delicate solo passages to bold sweeping crescendos, the 83 full-time professional musicians of the MSO demonstrate anew there’s nothing quite like an evening of live classical music. Maestro Edo de Waart and the MSO are earning strong reviews; critics and industry professionals raved about last year’s Carnegie Hall festival appearance.
A pre-concert talk by Francesco Lecce-Chong will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Lars Thune Center (adjacent to the auditorium lobby) at West High School. He will discuss the compositions to be played during the concert which will enhance the enjoyment of the concert. The talk will conclude by 7:00 p.m. when the auditorium doors open for seating. All audience members are invited to attend.
May 9, 2015
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Matthew Annin, horn
Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Concerto No. 3 in E-flat major for Horn and Orchestra, K. 447
- Romanza: Larghetto
— Intermission —
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73
- Allegro non troppo
- Adagio non troppo
- Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andantino)
- Allegro con spirito
Francesco Lecce-Chong, currently associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has worked with orchestras around the world. Equally at ease in the opera house, Mr. Lecce-Chong has earned a growing reputation and critical acclaim for dynamic, forceful performances that have garnered national distinction.
In his role with the MSO, Mr. Lecce-Chong works closely with renowned Music Director Edo de Waart and is directly responsible for leading over forty concert performances annually. As a trained pianist and composer, Mr. Lecce-Chong embraces innovative programming, champions the work of new composers, supports arts education, and brings the excitement of new music embodying diverse program repertoire and the use of unconventional performances spaces. Mr. Lecce-Chong also provides artistic leadership for the MSO’s nationally lauded Arts in Community Education (ACE) and hosts Meet the Music, the MSO’s pre-concert lecture series.
Mr. Lecce-Chong began conducting at the age of sixteen. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music with honors in piano and orchestral conducting and also holds a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. He currently resides in Milwaukee. Follow his blog, Finding Exhilaration, at www.lecce-chong.com.
Matthew Annin is Principal, Krause Family French Horn Chair, of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Matthew was previously a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where he performed on several tours with the CSO, including tours to Japan and Carnegie Hall, in addition to performing on several orchestral recordings. Matthew has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra. He has also performed with many other orchestras. Matthew was a fellow at the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, and Music Academy of the West where he appeared as soloist with the Music Academy Festival Orchestra.
Matthew received a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An avid runner, Matthew attempts to run over 1,000 miles each year. Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife, Christine, and spoiling their cat, Zoe.
A magnificent finale! For the eighth consecutive spring, we close our season with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation’s leading orchestras and a Wisconsin cultural treasure. The MSO is earning bravos this year for the exceptional quality of its Ravel, Handel, Beethoven and pops concerts. When the disappearance and subsequent recovery of the concertmaster’s missing 300-year-old Stradivarius violin made worldwide headlines last winter, the instrument’s return was literally music to the ears of MSO fans. Maestro Edo de Waart and his 80 full-time professional musicians make world-class music.
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New memberships for 2015-16 include a free bonus concert, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Memberships must be paid prior to the MSO concert.
Professional symphony orchestra! — For the tenth consecutive spring, we at Civic Music are proud to close our season with the brilliance and power of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a Wisconsin cultural treasure. Under the musical direction of Maestro Edo de Waart, the 68 full-time professionals of the MSO bring the full measure of symphonic beauty to the Green Bay stage.
Please note change of date
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert, originally scheduled for May 6, 2017, has been rescheduled one week earlier, Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Purchases of the 2017-18 season membership prior to (right up to showtime!) include extra tickets to the final concert of our 2016-17 season. Details here.
Pre-concert talk 6:30-7 p.m.
- with Yaniv Dinur, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conductor
- in the Lars Thune Center (small auditorium/lecture space on the right, when in the lobby facing the auditorium doors)