WFMT Orchestra Series

Saturdays at 7pm

Maestro Ken-David Masur. Credit: Adam DeTour

The WFMT Orchestra Series continues with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – On Stage. The 2023 program begins with Music Director Ken-David Masur leading a program featuring Wynton Marsalis’s Herald, Holler and Hallelujah! and George Geshwin’s Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra with Aaron Diehl at the piano. The broadcast also includes Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie. Other highlights of the series include:

• Jonathon Heyward conducts a a program opening with Jessie Montgomery’s Records from a Vanishing City along with Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 2. James Ehnes joins the performance for Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2

• Joyce Yang is the soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor by Mozart. Witold Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Dvořák’s In Nature’s Realm are also heard in this exciting broadcast.

•Aaron Diehl is back for a second year as the orchestra’s artistic partner and is the soloist in the complete version of Mary Lou Williams’s Zodiac Suite. William Grant Still‘s Symphony No. 2, Song of a New Race and The Planets by Holst are also featured in this performance.

• Edo de Waart is the guest conductor at the podium as we hear works by Brahms and Mozart. Matthew Annin joins as the horn soloist in Strauss’s Concerto No.1 in E-flat major for Horn and Orchestra.

• To finish up the season, The Milwaukee Symphony Chorus joins in an exciting performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.2 in C minor, Resurrection conducted by Music Director Ken-David Masur.

See the complete listings below.

  • December 30


    Ken-David Masur


    Jessica Rivera, soprano; Anna Larsson, mezzo-soprano;
    Milwaukee Symphony Chorus/ Cheryl Frazes Hill, director*


    “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a


    Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection”*