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September 15-17, 2017 BERNSTEIN Candide Overture JAKE HEGGIE Moby-Dick Suite BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

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Edo de Waart Music Director

Karen Gomyo, violin Augustin Hadelich, violin Jeffrey Kahane, piano Jennifer Koh, violin Truls Mørk, cello Susanna Phillips, soprano Philippe Quint, violin Louis Schwizgebel, piano Joyce Yang, piano

2017.18 MSO VIRTUOSI

SEASON OPENER | SEPTEMBER 15–17, 2017

Jun Märkl conductor MSO Chorus

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

SEASON FINALE | JUNE 15–17, 2018

William Eddins conductor

Film with Orchestra

West Side Story

JUNE 9 + 10, 2018

Ken-David Masur conductor Todd Levy clarinet Robert Levine viola MSO Chorus

Sensuous Ravel

MAY 19 + 20, 2018

Hans Graf conductor Truls Mørk cello

Dvorák’s New World Symphony

APRIL 27 + 28, 2018

Asher Fisch conductor

Asher Fisch Conducts Mahler

APRIL 21 + 22, 2018

Yaniv Dinur conductor MSO Chorus

Become Ocean

APRIL 7 + 8, 2018 | BASILICA SERIES

Yaniv Dinur conductor American Pianists Association Competition Winner

MARCH 9 + 10, 2018

Joan Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman Bernstein Chichester Psalms Beethoven Symphony No. 9 “Choral”

Bernstein West Side Story

Augusta Read Thomas Radiant Circles Copland Clarinet Concerto Vaughan Williams Flos Campi Ravel Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2

Barber Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance Prokofiev Sinfonia concertante Dvorak Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Britten Four Sea Interludes Mahler The Song of the Earth

John Luther Adams Become Ocean

Emily Cooley Green Go to Me Piano Concerto TBD Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Prokofiev Triumphant

Joshua Weilerstein conductor Karen Gomyo violin

MARCH 2–4, 2018

Christopher Rouse Bump Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Nocturne, and Scherzo Pierre Jalbert Violin Concerto Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

Strauss Don Juan Ligeti Violin Concerto Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” Bernstein Fancy Free Schmitt Rêves Ravel La Valse

Bernstein Divertimento Perry Study for Orchestra Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Copland Symphony No. 3

Copland Quiet City Bernstein Serenade after Plato’s Symposium John Adams Harmonielehre

Handel Messiah

Symphonie Fantastique!

Andreas Delfs conductor Frank Almond violin MSO Chorus

Andreas Delfs Returns!

FEBRUARY 16 + 17, 2018

Ben Germon conductor Augustin Hadelich violin

Beethoven’s Second Symphony

FEBRUARY 2 + 3, 2018

Fabien Gabel conductor Louis Schwizgebel piano

Beethoven Emperor Concerto

JANUARY 26 + 27, 2018 | BERNSTEIN FESTIVAL

Teddy Abrams conductor Susanna Phillips soprano

American Classics

JANUARY 20 + 21, 2018 | BERNSTEIN FESTIVAL

Edo de Waart conductor Philippe Quint violin

Edo de Waart Conducts American Masters

JANUARY 12 + 13, 2018 | BERNSTEIN FESTIVAL

MSO Chorus

Handel’s Messiah

DECEMBER 13–17, 2017

Michael Francis conductor | Joyce Yang piano

NOVEMBER 17 + 18, 2017

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

NOVEMBER 10–12, 2017

Yaniv Dinur conductor | MSO Chorus

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Bernstein The Age of Anxiety Brahms Symphony No. 1

Brahms & Bernstein

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Karina Canellakis conductor | Jennifer Koh violin

NOVEMBER 4 + 5, 2017 | BASILICA SERIES

Bach in the Basilica

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Nico Muhly Mixed Messages Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 2 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

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Ives The Unanswered Question Haydn Sinfonia Concertante Mozart Symphony No. 39

Milhaud La creation du monde Gershwin Piano Concerto in F Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

Bernstein Candide Overture Jake Heggie Moby-Dick Suite Beethoven Symphony No. 7

2017.18 GUEST ARTISTS

Bach Brandenberg Concerto No. 1 Bach Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 Bach Magnificat

Edo de Waart conductor Katherine Young Steele oboe Catherine Chen bassoon Ilana Setapen violin Susan Babini cello

de Waart Conducts Mozart

SEPTEMBER 29 + 30, 2017

Jeffrey Kahane conductor + piano

Gershwin!

SEPTEMBER 22 + 23, 2017

Cristian Măcelaru conductor

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony

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For complete concert descriptions, see pages 4–25. Programs subject to change.

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Teddy Abrams Karina Canellakis Andreas Delfs Yaniv Dinur William Eddins Asher Fisch Michael Francis Fabien Gabel Ben Gernon Hans Graf Jeffrey Kahane Cristian Măcelaru Jun Märkl Ken-David Masur Edo de Waart Joshua Weilerstein

2017.18 Classics

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“When I wished to sing of love, it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow, it was transformed for me into love.” —FRANZ SCHUBERT

Experience the power of classical music to stir your senses. The conductor raises the baton. You rise ever so slightly in your seat. Something is about to happen that only occurs in the live, expectant moment of a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert. You are about to be stirred. The power of music to move you is about to be unleashed by a symphonic force whose sole passion is inspiring yours. Will a familiar concerto awaken a fond memory? A solo melt your heart? An overture set your pulse marching? A new work fill you with wonder? There is no telling what feelings the music will evoke. That is the delight and the dare of a live Milwaukee Symphony performance. More than a concert, it is an invitation to connect—with the musicians, each other in the hall, and the songs deep within yourself. The 2017.18 season explores the full range of orchestral emotion. Two of Beethoven’s greatest symphonies bookend the repertoire—the propulsive Seventh to start, and the epic Ninth to conclude. The Symphony will also celebrate the Bernstein Centennial all season long, including a live performance of West Side Story to accompany the Oscar-winning motion picture. A stellar array of guest conductors and solo artists will punctuate the season: dynamic, rising conductors like Karina Canellakis, the acclaimed conductor Michael Francis, the return of Andreas Delfs, and Conductor Laureate Edo de Waart. Violinists Jennifer Koh, Augustin Hadelich, and Karen Gomyo, and pianists Joyce Yang and Louis Schwizgebel are sure to captivate. The Milwaukee Symphony’s own virtuosos, and the MSO Chorus, will spotlight the artistic excellence in our midst. The Classics of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra promise to transport you on a thrilling journey of musical emotion. Experience it in person. Reserve your seats now, and prepare to be stirred. mso.org | 3


SEASON OPENER

SEPTEMBER 15–17, 2017

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony CRISTIAN MĂCELARU conductor BERNSTEIN Candide Overture | JAKE HEGGIE Moby-Dick Suite | BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 The Seventh Symphony. Its propulsive power and energy ranks it as one of Beethoven’s greatest achievements. Enduring for almost two centuries. And the Bernstein Centennial Celebration begins with the festive Candide Overture!

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Gershwin!

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MILHAUD La creation du monde | GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances Conducting from the keyboard, Jeffrey Kahane plays Milhaud’s La creation du monde. Then he plays another masterwork of the Jazz Age, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. Finally, Kahane takes the podium for a glance back to the Romantic: Rachmaninoff’s late, luxuriant Symphonic Dances.

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S E PTE M BER 22 + 23, 2017


SE PTE M BE R 29 + 30, 2017

de Waart Conducts Mozart

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EDO DE WAART conductor | KATHERINE YOUNG STEELE oboe | CATHERINE CHEN bassoon

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ILANA SETAPEN violin | SUSAN BABINI cello

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IVES The Unanswered Question | HAYDN Sinfonia Concertante | MOZART Symphony No. 39 Virtuosos of the Milwaukee Symphony take center stage for Haydn’s brilliant Sinfonia Concertante. And Edo de Waart conducts one of Mozart’s great, final symphonies, Number 39, plus Ives’s haunting The Unanswered Question.

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NOV E M BER 4 + 5, 2017 | B A S I L I C A S E R I E S

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Bach in the Basilica

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YANIV DINUR conductor | MSO CHORUS

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This is the glory of the Baroque. The glory of Johann Sebastian Bach—at the Basilica of St. Josaphat. Two of the immortal Brandenburg Concertos, and the radiant Magnificat.

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BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 | BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 | BACH Magnificat


N OV E MBE R 10–12, 2017

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony P HOTO BY JUER GEN FR AN K

KARINA CANELLAKIS conductor | JENNIFER KOH violin NICO MUHLY Mixed Messages | SZYMANOWSKI Violin Concerto No. 2 | TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

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“It will never please the public,” said Tchaikovsky of his Fifth Symphony. Yet its beautiful melodies have captivated for over a century. Dynamic young conductor Karina Canellakis leads Tchaikovsky’s passionate Fifth. And the phenomenal Jennifer Koh plays the colorful Violin Concerto of Polish master Karol Szymanowski. mso.org | 9


NOV E M BER 17 + 18, 2017

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Brahms & Bernstein MICHAEL FRANCIS conductor | JOYCE YANG piano BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety | BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 The Milwaukee Symphony performs the music of Johannes Brahms under acclaimed guest conductor Michael Francis. The strong, mighty Symphony No. 1. And Joyce Yang returns for Leonard Bernstein’s breathtaking Second Symphony, capturing the anxiety of its era in music, that veers between symphony and concerto.

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J A NUARY 12 + 13, 2018 | B E R N S T E I N F E S T I VA L

P HOTO BY LISA-MA RIE MAZZ UCCO

Edo de Waart Conducts American Masters EDO DE WAART conductor | PHILIPPE QUINT violin COPLAND Quiet City | BERNSTEIN Serenade after Plato’s Symposium JOHN ADAMS Harmonielehre Edo de Waart explores the music of America. From Aaron Copland’s haunting Quiet City, to Bernstein’s lively Serenade after Plato’s Symposium. The concert concludes with a de Waart specialty, John Adams’s Harmonielehre, premiered under his baton in 1985. mso.org | 11

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JANUA RY 20 + 21, 2018 | B E R N S T E I N F E S T I VA L

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American Classics

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TEDDY ABRAMS conductor | SUSANNA PHILLIPS soprano

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BARBER Knoxville: Summer of 1915 | COPLAND Symphony No. 3 Aaron Copland’s stirring Third Symphony draws its majestic finale from his iconic Fanfare for the Common Man. Samuel Barber’s nostalgic setting of James Agee’s prose touches the heart. And Leonard Bernstein’s Divertimento is a youthful romp. American Classics as only the Milwaukee Symphony can play them!

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BERNSTEIN Divertimento | PERRY Study for Orchestra


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J A NUARY 26 + 27, 2018 | B E R N S T E I N F E S T I VA L

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto FABIEN GABEL conductor | LOUIS SCHWIZGEBEL piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” | BERNSTEIN Fancy Free SCHMITT Rêves | RAVEL La Valse “His musicianship has special depth and imagination,” raves the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch of Louis Schwizgebel. See this dynamic young artist perform Beethoven’s regal “Emperor” Piano Concerto. The concert comes to a shattering conclusion with Ravel’s mesmerizing La Valse. mso.org | 13

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Beethoven’s Second Symphony BEN GERNON conductor | AUGUSTIN HADELICH violin STRAUSS Don Juan | LIGETI Violin Concerto | BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 Be there to experience the full sonic power of the Milwaukee Symphony in Strauss’s blazing Don Juan and Beethoven’s groundbreaking Second Symphony. Augustin Hadelich returns for Gyorgy Ligeti’s poignant, folk-inspired Violin Concerto.

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FE BRUA RY 16 + 17, 2018

Andreas Delfs Returns!

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ANDREAS DELFS conductor | FRANK ALMOND violin | MSO CHORUS

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MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Nocturne, and Scherzo PIERRE JALBERT Violin Concerto | VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A Sea Symphony P HOTO BY ER OL RE YAL

“If music be the food of love, play on…” Andreas Delfs returns to lead magical music of Mendelssohn, excerpts inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Concertmaster Frank Almond performs the new Violin Concerto of Pierre Jalbert. And the concerts conclude with Vaughan Williams’s soaring A Sea Symphony.

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Symphonie Fantastique! JOSHUA WEILERSTEIN conductor | KAREN GOMYO violin CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Bump | PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1 BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique A spectacular showpiece. A fantastic symphony. Experience the mesmerizing vision of Hector Berlioz. Guest conductor Joshua Weilerstein leads the Symphonie fantastique, Berlioz’s vivid masterpiece. Plus, Karen Gomyo returns for Prokofiev’s searing First Violin Concerto. “A first-rate artist of real musical command…tremendous vitality, brilliance and intensity,” raves the Chicago Tribune.

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MARCH 9 + 10, 2018

Prokofiev Triumphant

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YANIV DINUR conductor | AMERICAN PIANISTS ASSOCIATION COMPETITION WINNER

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EMILY COOLEY Green Go to Me | Piano Concerto TBD | PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 As Russia emerged from its darkest hours of the war, Prokofiev’s triumphant Fifth Symphony symbolized a turning point in the spirit of his people. With the composer on the podium, the first performance in 1945 occurred just moments after Red Army soldiers crossed the River Vistula and entered Nazi Germany in triumph. Also, see the young winner of the American Pianists Association.

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A PR IL 21 + 22, 2018

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Asher Fisch Conducts Mahler ASHER FISCH conductor BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes | MAHLER The Song of the Earth Guest conductor Asher Fisch leads Mahler’s serene The Song of the Earth, drawn from delicate lines of Chinese poetry. Knowing he had but little time, Mahler composed this radiantly serene cycle of songs, the first of his great farewells. Music as life giving, life sustaining, life loving as the Earth itself.

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Dvorák’s New World Symphony HANS GRAF conductor | TRULS MØRK cello

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BARBER Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance | PROKOFIEV Sinfonia concertante DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” This is music that captures the energy, the exuberance, the promise of a great nation. Hear Hans Graf conduct one of the most beloved symphonies in the entire repertoire, Dvořák’s American valentine, the “New World” Symphony. Also, cellist Truls Mørk performs Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto. mso.org | 19

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MAY 19 + 20, 2018

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Sensuous Ravel

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KEN-DAVID MASUR conductor | TODD LEVY clarinet ROBERT LEVINE viola | MSO CHORUS

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AUGUSTA READ THOMAS Radiant Circles | COPLAND Clarinet Concerto VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Flos Campi | RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2 Once seduced by Ravel’s intoxicating Daphnis et Chloé, Igor Stravinsky declared it “one of the most beautiful products of all French music.” Ken-David Masur leads a rare performance of the sensuous Second Suite, an undisputed masterpiece from early in the last century. Plus, Vaughan Williams’s tender Flos Campi, and American works by Augusta Read Thomas and Aaron Copland. 20 | 414.291.7605


J U NE 9 + 10, 2018

West Side Story

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WILLIAM EDDINS conductor BERNSTEIN West Side Story The music of West Side Story, live in concert. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra accompanies the Oscar-winning motion picture—performing all of Leonard Bernstein’s romantic, rumble-filled score!

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SEASON FINALE

JUNE 15–17, 2018

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony JUN MÄRKL conductor | MSO CHORUS JOAN TOWER Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms | BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 “Choral” A not-to-be-missed concert experience. Hear, live in concert, the epic, timeless message of humanity and brotherhood when guest conductor Jun Märkl leads the Milwaukee Symphony, Chorus, and soloists in Beethoven’s inspiring Ode to Joy. And the Bernstein Centennial celebration concludes with the moving Chichester Psalms.

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Handel’s Messiah MSO CHORUS HANDEL Messiah WEDNESDAY DEC. 13 St. Mary’s (Hales Corners)

SATURDAY DEC. 16 Basilica of St. Josaphat

THURSDAY DEC. 14 Cathedral of St. John

SUNDAY DEC. 17 Basilica of St. Josaphat

FRIDAY DEC. 15 Basilica of St. Josaphat Handel’s Messiah has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform in venues throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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APR IL 7 + 8 , 2018 | B A S I L I C A S E R I E S

Become Ocean YANIV DINUR conductor | MSO CHORUS

JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Become Ocean | Choral Works TBD

P HOTOS BY J ON ATHAN KIRN

John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean has won the Pulitzer Prize and mesmerized audiences. “Like the sea at dawn, it presents a gorgeous surface, yet its heaving motion conveys overwhelming force… tonally centered, almost to the point of lushness,” wrote Alex Ross in The New Yorker. “Its three huge crescendos suggest a tidal surge washing over all barriers. It may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history…Whether orchestras will be playing it a century hence is impossible to say, but I went away reeling.”

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Packages Friday 6M Friday 7 Prelude

10:15a Pre-concert: Meet the Music 11:15a Performance

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

SEASON OPENER

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Gershwin!

Cristian Măcelaru conductor

Brahms & Bernstein

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

de Waart Conducts Mozart Edo de Waart conductor Katherine Young Steele oboe Catherine Chen bassoon Ilana Setapen violin Susan Babini cello NOVEMBER 10, 2017

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

Karina Canellakis conductor Jennifer Koh violin FEBRUARY 2, 2018

Beethoven’s Second Symphony Ben Gernon conductor Augustin Hadelich violin MARCH 9, 2018

Prokofiev Triumphant Yaniv Dinur conductor American Pianists Association Competition Winner APRIL 27, 2018

Dvorák’s New World Symphony Hans Graf conductor Truls Mørk cello

P HOTOS BY JONATHA N KIRN

7:00p Pre-concert: Meet the Music 8:00p Performance 10:00p Post-concert: Talkback

Jeffrey Kahane conductor + piano NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Michael Francis conductor Joyce Yang piano BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

JANUARY 12, 2018

Edo de Waart Conducts American Masters Edo de Waart conductor Philippe Quint violin

BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

JANUARY 26, 2018

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto Fabien Gabel conductor Louis Schwizgebel piano FEBRUARY 16, 2018

Andreas Delfs Returns! Andreas Delfs conductor Frank Almond violin MSO Chorus MARCH 2, 2018

Symphonie Fantastique! Joshua Weilerstein conductor Karen Gomyo violin SEASON FINALE

JUNE 15, 2018

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Jun Märkl conductor MSO Chorus

The 2017–18 Classics Season is sponsored by the United Performing Arts Fund.

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Saturday 9 &18 7:00p Pre-concert: Meet the Music 8:00p Performance Unless otherwise indicated

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony Cristian Măcelaru conductor SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

de Waart Conducts Mozart

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Gershwin!

Jeffrey Kahane conductor + piano NOVEMBER 4, 2017

Bach in the Basilica Yaniv Dinur conductor MSO Chorus NOVEMBER 11, 2017

Edo de Waart conductor Katherine Young Steele oboe Catherine Chen bassoon Ilana Setapen violin Susan Babini cello

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

NOVEMBER 4, 2017

BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

Bach in the Basilica Yaniv Dinur conductor MSO Chorus NOVEMBER 18, 2017

Brahms & Bernstein Michael Francis conductor Joyce Yang piano BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

JANUARY 20, 2018

American Classics Teddy Abrams conductor Susanna Phillips soprano FEBRUARY 3, 2018

Beethoven’s Second Symphony Ben Gernon conductor Augustin Hadelich violin MARCH 3, 2018

Symphonie Fantastique! Joshua Weilerstein conductor Karen Gomyo violin APRIL 21, 2018

Asher Fisch Conducts Mahler

Karina Canellakis conductor Jennifer Koh violin JANUARY 13, 2018

Edo de Waart Conducts American Masters Edo de Waart conductor Philippe Quint violin

BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

JANUARY 27, 2018

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto Fabien Gabel conductor Louis Schwizgebel piano FEBRUARY 17, 2018

Andreas Delfs Returns! Andreas Delfs conductor Frank Almond violin MSO Chorus MARCH 10, 2018

Prokofiev Triumphant Yaniv Dinur conductor American Pianists Association Competition Winner APRIL 28, 2018

Dvorák’s New World Symphony

Asher Fisch conductor

Hans Graf conductor Truls Mørk cello

MAY 19, 2018

SEASON FINALE

Sensuous Ravel

Ken–David Masur conductor Todd Levy clarinet Robert Levine viola MSO Chorus

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JUNE 16, 2018

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Jun Märkl conductor MSO Chorus

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1:30p Pre-concert: Meet the Music 2:30p Matinee Performance

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Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony Cristian Măcelaru conductor SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

de Waart Conducts Mozart Edo de Waart conductor Katherine Young Steele oboe Catherine Chen bassoon Ilana Setapen violin Susan Babini cello NOVEMBER 18, 2017

Brahms & Bernstein Michael Francis conductor Joyce Yang piano BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

JANUARY 20, 2018

American Classics Teddy Abrams conductor Susanna Phillips soprano FEBRUARY 3, 2018

Beethoven’s Second Symphony Ben Gernon conductor Augustin Hadelich violin MARCH 10, 2018

Prokofiev Triumphant Yaniv Dinur conductor American Pianists Association Competition Winner SEASON FINALE

JUNE 16, 2018

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

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SEASON OPENER

Jeffrey Kahane conductor + piano NOVEMBER 11, 2017

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony

Karina Canellakis conductor Jennifer Koh violin

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

Gershwin!

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

JANUARY 13, 2018

Edo de Waart Conducts American Masters Edo de Waart conductor Philippe Quint violin

BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

JANUARY 27, 2018

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto Fabien Gabel conductor Louis Schwizgebel piano

SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

Cristian Măcelaru conductor NOVEMBER 12, 2017

Karina Canellakis conductor Jennifer Koh violin BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

JANUARY 21, 2018

American Classics Teddy Abrams conductor Susanna Phillips soprano MARCH 4, 2018

Symphonie Fantastique! Joshua Weilerstein conductor Karen Gomyo violin APRIL 22, 2018

Symphonie Fantastique!

Asher Fisch Conducts Mahler

APRIL 21, 2018

Sensuous Ravel

MARCH 3, 2018

Joshua Weilerstein conductor Karen Gomyo violin

Asher Fisch Conducts Mahler Asher Fisch conductor MAY 19, 2018

Sensuous Ravel

Ken–David Masur conductor Todd Levy clarinet Robert Levine viola MSO Chorus

Asher Fisch conductor MAY 20, 2018

Ken–David Masur conductor Todd Levy clarinet Robert Levine viola MSO Chorus SEASON FINALE

JUNE 17, 2018

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Jun Märkl conductor MSO Chorus

Jun Märkl conductor MSO Chorus

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Frank Almond, violin Susan Babini, cello Catherine Chen, bassoon Robert Levine, viola Todd Levy, clarinet Ilana Setapen, violin Katherine Young Steele, oboe MSO Chorus

Edo de Waart Music Director

Karen Gomyo, violin Augustin Hadelich, violin Jeffrey Kahane, piano Jennifer Koh, violin Truls Mørk, cello Susanna Phillips, soprano Philippe Quint, violin Louis Schwizgebel, piano Joyce Yang, piano

2017.18 MSO VIRTUOSI

SEASON OPENER | SEPTEMBER 15–17, 2017

Jun Märkl conductor MSO Chorus

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

SEASON FINALE | JUNE 15–17, 2018

William Eddins conductor

Film with Orchestra

West Side Story

JUNE 9 + 10, 2018

Ken-David Masur conductor Todd Levy clarinet Robert Levine viola MSO Chorus

Sensuous Ravel

MAY 19 + 20, 2018

Hans Graf conductor Truls Mørk cello

Dvorák’s New World Symphony

APRIL 27 + 28, 2018

Asher Fisch conductor

Asher Fisch Conducts Mahler

APRIL 21 + 22, 2018

Yaniv Dinur conductor MSO Chorus

Become Ocean

APRIL 7 + 8, 2018 | BASILICA SERIES

Yaniv Dinur conductor American Pianists Association Competition Winner

MARCH 9 + 10, 2018

Joan Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman Bernstein Chichester Psalms Beethoven Symphony No. 9 “Choral”

Bernstein West Side Story

Augusta Read Thomas Radiant Circles Copland Clarinet Concerto Vaughan Williams Flos Campi Ravel Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2

Barber Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance Prokofiev Sinfonia concertante Dvorak Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Britten Four Sea Interludes Mahler The Song of the Earth

John Luther Adams Become Ocean

Emily Cooley Green Go to Me Piano Concerto TBD Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Prokofiev Triumphant

Joshua Weilerstein conductor Karen Gomyo violin

MARCH 2–4, 2018

Christopher Rouse Bump Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Nocturne, and Scherzo Pierre Jalbert Violin Concerto Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

Strauss Don Juan Ligeti Violin Concerto Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” Bernstein Fancy Free Schmitt Rêves Ravel La Valse

Bernstein Divertimento Perry Study for Orchestra Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Copland Symphony No. 3

Copland Quiet City Bernstein Serenade after Plato’s Symposium John Adams Harmonielehre

Handel Messiah

Symphonie Fantastique!

Andreas Delfs conductor Frank Almond violin MSO Chorus

Andreas Delfs Returns!

FEBRUARY 16 + 17, 2018

Ben Germon conductor Augustin Hadelich violin

Beethoven’s Second Symphony

FEBRUARY 2 + 3, 2018

Fabien Gabel conductor Louis Schwizgebel piano

Beethoven Emperor Concerto

JANUARY 26 + 27, 2018 | BERNSTEIN FESTIVAL

Teddy Abrams conductor Susanna Phillips soprano

American Classics

JANUARY 20 + 21, 2018 | BERNSTEIN FESTIVAL

Edo de Waart conductor Philippe Quint violin

Edo de Waart Conducts American Masters

JANUARY 12 + 13, 2018 | BERNSTEIN FESTIVAL

MSO Chorus

Handel’s Messiah

DECEMBER 13–17, 2017

Michael Francis conductor | Joyce Yang piano

NOVEMBER 17 + 18, 2017

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

NOVEMBER 10–12, 2017

Yaniv Dinur conductor | MSO Chorus

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Bernstein The Age of Anxiety Brahms Symphony No. 1

Brahms & Bernstein

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Karina Canellakis conductor | Jennifer Koh violin

NOVEMBER 4 + 5, 2017 | BASILICA SERIES

Bach in the Basilica

10 NOV

22 SEP

16 SEP

Nico Muhly Mixed Messages Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 2 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

29 SEP

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Ives The Unanswered Question Haydn Sinfonia Concertante Mozart Symphony No. 39

Milhaud La creation du monde Gershwin Piano Concerto in F Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

Bernstein Candide Overture Jake Heggie Moby-Dick Suite Beethoven Symphony No. 7

2017.18 GUEST ARTISTS

Bach Brandenberg Concerto No. 1 Bach Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 Bach Magnificat

Edo de Waart conductor Katherine Young Steele oboe Catherine Chen bassoon Ilana Setapen violin Susan Babini cello

de Waart Conducts Mozart

SEPTEMBER 29 + 30, 2017

Jeffrey Kahane conductor + piano

Gershwin!

SEPTEMBER 22 + 23, 2017

Cristian Măcelaru conductor

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony

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