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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Announces Expansive List of Holiday Performances

From Handel’s Messiah to Country Music’s Sara Evans, MSO has something for everyone.

By - Nov 11th, 2015 04:01 pm

MILWAUKEE, WIS. 11/11/2015 – The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform an astonishing 20 concerts between Thanksgiving and Christmas; from the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: Home Alone Film with Orchestra November 27 & 28, A Country Christmas with Sara Evans on December 2, The Snowman family concert on December 5, Holiday Pops December 4, 5, and 6, Handel’s Messiah December 16 through 20, as well the Hometown Holiday Tour of free community concerts throughout the Milwaukee area from December 15 through 20.


Home Alone Film with Orchestra
Friday, November 27 | 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 28 | 8:00 p.m.
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Milwaukee Symphony Chorus
Lee Erickson, director

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’s charming and delightful score, performed live with the film, by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

A Country Christmas with Sara Evans
Wednesday, December 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Sara Evans, vocalist
Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Singer and songwriter Sara Evans brings a little bit of country to Uihlein Hall. The multi-platinum selling artist joins the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for a night of chart-topping hits and holiday favorites.

Holiday Pops
Friday, December 4 | 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 | 2:30 p.m.
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
James LaBelle, narrator
Milwaukee Symphony Chorus
Lee Erickson, director
Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble

There’s simply no better time to hear the MSO than during the holidays! Get on Santa’s “nice” list when you bring your whole family together for magical musical moments with the MSO’s perennial favorite, Holiday Pops. Affable conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra, chorus, and handbell choir in seasonal tunes, plus a holly jolly sing-along. It’s just not the holidays without holiday music!

The Snowman
Saturday, December 5 | 2:30 p.m.
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Yaniv Dinur, conductor
Jack Cannon, soloist

The heart-warming animated film The Snowman has been a beloved staple of family holiday entertainment for over thirty years. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs Howard Blake’s beautiful score, including the favorite song “Walking in the Air,” live with the film.

Handel’s Messiah
Wednesday, December 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
Thursday, December 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Basilica of St. Josaphat
Friday, December 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Basilica of St. Josaphat
Saturday, December 19 |7:30 p.m. | Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Sunday, December 20 | 4:00 p.m. | Basilica of St. Josaphat
Francesco Lecce-Chongconductor
Elizabeth Sutphen, soprano
Jennifer Panara, mezzo-soprano
Theo Lebow, tenor
Michael Dean, bass
Milwaukee Symphony Chorus
Lee Erickson, director

Handel’s glorious Messiah returns once again to the MSO. Experience some of the most beautiful sacred music ever written with conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, our world-class musicians, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, and acclaimed guest soloists.

Hometown Holiday Tour
Tuesday, December 15 | 10:00 a.m. | St. Ann’s Center for Intergenerational Care
Thursday, December 17 | 1:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Center for Independence
Friday, December 18 | 10:00 a.m. | Penfield Children’s Center at Central United Methodist Church
Friday, December 18 | 3:00 p.m. | San Camillus
Saturday, December 19 | 11:00 a.m. | Alexian Village
Saturday, December 19 | 2:00 p.m. | Autism Society & Down Syndrome Association at Alexian Village

Each year, the MSO performs free concerts at community venues. Designed to bring the gift of music to those who might not be able to attend a concert in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Hometown Holiday Tour is enjoyed by hundreds of Milwaukee area residents each season.

Concert tickets range from $20 to $110 and are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the MSO ticket office, by calling 414.291.7605, or anytime at Tickets to Home Alone, Country Christmas with Sara Evans, The Snowman, and Holiday Popsmay also be purchased through the Marcus Center Box Office at 414.273.7206. The Hometown Holiday Tour performances are free.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Edo de Waart, is among the finest orchestras in the nation and the largest cultural institution in Wisconsin. Now in his seventh season with the MSO, Maestro de Waart has led sold-out concerts, elicited critical acclaim, and conducted a celebrated performance at Carnegie Hall on May 11, 2012. The MSO’s full-time professional musicians perform over 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youth, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee.

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