The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform its second-to-last concert with maestro Edo de Waart at the Wisconsin Union Theater next May | June 22, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

The Wisconsin Union Theater has announced some news:

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with conductor Edo de Waart and Principal Cello Susan Babini will perform in Shannon Hall on Sunday afternoon, May 21, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.


The program includes the Overture to the opera “Don Giovanni,” K. 527, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Schelomo, A Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra” by Ernest Bloch; and the Symphony No. 1 in A-flat major, Opus 55, by Sir Edward Elgar.

Ticket prices are as follows: General public tickets are $49, $45 and $25, Union Member and non-UW students tickets are $44, $40 and $25, UW Faculty and Staff tickets cost $46, $42 and $25, UW-Madison student tickets cost $15, and youth tickets (age 6-18) cost $20, limit 2 with the purchase of a full-priced ticket.

Tickets can be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person, see locations and hours here

This performance will be conductor and former music director Edo de Wart’s the second-t0-last concert as MSO’s chief conductor. (His final ones are performances of the Symphony No. 3 by Gustav Mahler on the following weekend in Milwaukee ) He has served as conductor also for the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

De Waart was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal, and was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia. He is also a knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. De Waart also has vast experience in opera conducting, from the Santa Fe Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera to the Royal Opera House.

The performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee.


  1. Thanks for the early heads up. I hope the hall is full, unlike one of the past performances of the orchestra and maestro De Waart. Maybe Ear you would like to interview him?


    Comment by Ronnie Hess — June 22, 2016 @ 8:59 am

  2. Maestro de Waart was also conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for some years. Sad to see him retiring but nice that he will give his last performance with the MSO in Madison. I believe he’s taking up a position in New Zealand.

    This has nothing to do with your fine post, but it’s about a musical that might do very well in Madison. It is about the life of Astor Piazzolla, the man who revolutionized tango.

    Appropriately, the musical play is called, “This is NOT Tango”.—Qd3HuH1UVLY/


    Comment by fflambeau — June 22, 2016 @ 5:21 am

  3. Soloist for the Bloch concerto?


    Comment by Wini Bowen — June 22, 2016 @ 1:16 am

    • Reread the first sentence of the post.


      Comment by fflambeau — June 22, 2016 @ 5:22 am

    • Hi Wini,
      The soloist is the orchestra’s Principal Cello Susan Bambini, who is named in the post.


      Comment by welltemperedear — June 22, 2016 @ 8:10 am

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