With Elgar’s lavish epic, The Dream of Gerontius, the MSO concludes its classical programs for the 12-13 season this weekend. And what better way to finish than with three amazing voices joining Maestro De Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus: tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, mezzo Tamara Mumford, and baritone Luca Pisaroni. Hope to see you this weekend!

But before the season finishes, a look back at some of the more memorable moments of the season:

- The magnificent Chihuly glass sculptures that towered over the orchestra during Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle. And who can forget Michelle DeYoung and Sir John Tomlinson embodying all the drama of the opera even when they had only a few feet to move in front of the orchestra?

- Andreas Delf’s pulling confetti out of his pockets on New Year’s Eve. How is he going to top that when he opens next season?

- Bringing Berio’s modernist masterpiece to life, Sinfonia. The Swingle Singers’ version of “She’s Got a Ticket to Ride” is definitely the best encore I have ever heard.

- Performing “The Composer Is Dead” for one of our Kinderkonzerts this year. Families were treated to a musical crime-solving adventure – but my favorite moment was when the “inspector” called the musicians crazy… and the kids booed him! That’s showing the MSO some love!

- Experiencing the movie “West Side Story” with the MSO providing the orchestral soundtrack. No fancy sound system in the world is going to beat that.

- Once again, I found it incredibly touching and invigorating to spend a week in December with the MSO bringing festive holiday music to nursing homes, hospitals, and community centers throughout Milwaukee. It was capped off by having our Stage Manager, Kyle Norris conduct Sleigh Ride, while our President, Mark Niehaus provided the “horse-whinny” on the trumpet, and I made my debut on the slap-stick.

- Edo de Waart had another run of amazing performances with the MSO – my favorites this season included Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Bruckner’s 4th Symphony, and Brahms’ 1st and 4th Symphonies. If you were fortunate enough to hear one of those performances, I am sure you will agree that they were as complete and satisfying performances as you could find anywhere in the world!

Well, this is what comes to my mind at first thought – what were your favorite moments this season?

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2 responses »

  1. anne4mu says:

    Everything the Chorus did, especially On the Transmigration of Souls, Messiah, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, and Gerontius – which is going to knock people’s socks off!

  2. working with you on my Sphinx piece!!

    THANKS!

    Best,

    Jeffrey Mumford

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