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Mission

The MSO reaches out to diverse audiences through concert performances and nationally recognized education and outreach programs. All programs are guided by the MSO Family Shared Vision which states that the MSO exists for three purposes: to comfort, educate, entertain and exhilarate the human soul through events of cultural significance, relevance and artistic challenge; to embrace, preserve and foster our musical heritage; and to enhance the vibrancy of our community.

History

Among the finest orchestras in the country, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is the largest cultural organization in Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1959, the orchestra has received critical acclaim for artistic excellence.

The symphony’s 88 full-time professional musicians perform more than 130 concerts each season. A cornerstone organization in Milwaukee’s art community, the MSO provides enrichment and education activities for audiences of every age, economic status, and background.

The MSO is recognized as a pioneer in the world of new music among American orchestras. For 41 years, the symphony’s nationally syndicated radio broadcasts have ranked among the nation’s largest collections and are heard on more than 240 stations throughout the United States each year. In 2005, the MSO became the first American orchestra to offer its live recordings for download directly through online music stores including iTunes. MSO Classics, an e-label created specifically for digital distribution of its recordings, has a continually growing catalog of more than 30 live works. In December 2006, the MSO launched its own online store to sell digital recordings offering greater flexibility in pricing, scheduling, and formatting than other electronic media stores. In May 2010, the MSO was selected to participate in the second Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York on May 11, 2012. Spring for Music emphasizes creativity, variety and innovation in programming.

The MSO’s standard of excellence extends beyond the concert hall and into the community, reaching more than 40,000 children and their families through its ACE (Arts in Community Education) program, Youth and Teen concerts, Kinderkonzerts, Music for Me concerts, and Behind the Notes pre-concert talks and Friday post-concert Talkbacks. In its 21st year, the nationally recognized ACE program integrates arts education into state-required curricula, providing arts opportunities for students when budget cuts may eliminate music and arts programming. Classrooms receive three visits per year by ensembles of MSO musicians and artists from local arts organizations as well as lesson plans and supporting materials. In addition, ACE students attend MSO concerts tailored to each grade level.  This season, 7,200 students and 1,200 faculty and staff members in 21 Southeastern Wisconsin elementary and middle schools will participate in ACE.

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