On Saturday, October 20 at 7 pm, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present a diverse, rousing program of classical music in Fish Creek at the Door Community Auditorium.
The MSO, which is widely revered as one of the finest orchestras in the United States, will perform music from Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Wagner, tracing the profound influence of Beethoven on the generation of composers that came after him. Fresh from a New York Times-acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall earlier this year, the MSO will display the same passion and finesse at DCA that has characterized their long tenure as an ensemble which, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, takes its audiences on “a stirring musical journey.”
Since its inception in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has become the largest cultural organization in Wisconsin and has firmly established a reputation as one of the foremost classical performing ensembles in the country. On October 20, the MSO will play:
- Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5
- Fidelio Overture No. 72
- Schumann’s Manfred Overture
- Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture
- Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture
At the helm of MSO’s DCA performance will be the dynamic, up-and-coming conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, known for his appearances with dozens of acclaimed orchestras worldwide. His vibrant performances and growing reputation have brought him distinction, including the Presser Music Award from The Presser Foundation. In addition to his own work, Leece-Chong has also worked extensively with internationally renowned MSO Music Director Edo de Waart.
Leece-Chong says of the October 20 program, “During the program, I’ll be talking about the influence of Beethoven on the generation of composers after him. To Schumann, he was the struggling artist… to Brahms, he was a master of musical structure and proportion. To Wagner, Beethoven was the great philosopher. In Beethoven’s most famous achievement, the Fifth Symphony, we see all of these qualities in one powerful work that shows the immense influence Beethoven had on composers, then and now.”
The MSO’s concert is sponsored by William and Colette Goldammer of the Goldammer Family Foundation.
Tickets for the MSO’s concert range from $22-38. Tickets may be purchased on the phone at 920.868.2728, online at www.DCAuditorium.org, or in person at the DCA box office. The box office is located on Highway 42 in Fish Creek and is open Monday- Friday, 12 – 5 pm.