Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Announces Re-imagined Virtual Season

By Logan Martell

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has announced that it will be re-imagining their 20-21 season due to the ongoing pandemic. The new, virtual season will be exclusively available for subscribers and will begin in January 2021.

While details are yet to be announced, MSO’s virtual season will feature 12 classic performances and four pop performances; the classic concerts will include chamber orchestra and smaller ensemble works. The program will be crafted in a way that reflects the current times.

Starting in September of 2020, MSO will also resume their “Musical Journeys” podcast, as well as bring their Arts in Community Education Program online for the 20-21 school year. This program will freely provide local schools with taped ensemble performances and various educational materials.

“I’m filled with joy and anticipation on behalf of the orchestra and staff that we have made a commitment not to go dark,” said MSO Music Director Ken-David Masur in a press release. “We have thrilling programs, and an opportunity to showcase our incredible musicians in a way never before possible.

“Since the pandemic began, the members of our orchestra have creatively pursued opportunities to stay connected to the community by playing on their front porches or driveways for neighbors and passersby; creating engaging on-line content; and gifting the community with their socially distant compilation of Elgar’s ‘Nimrod.’ With this same passion for connection, we will pour our hearts into creating a virtual season that will transcend our physical distance and continue the perpetual wonder that is music.”