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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will open Lakeland College's Krueger Fine Arts Series on Friday, Oct. 14, in the Bradley Fine Arts Building.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $20 for adults and $10 for non-Lakeland students. Seats can be reserved by calling 565-1536 and they will also be available for purchase at the door.
The MSO will open the program with Tchaikovsky's Polonaise from "Eugene Onegin," followed by Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) featuring MSO concertmaster Samantha George as soloist. Tchaikovsky's popular "Romeo and Juliet" Overture will close the first half.
The second half is an all-American program featuring Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and Gershwin's "An American in Paris."
Andrew Massey, newly appointed as the MSO's Resident Conductor, will lead the group, which is under the guidance of well-known Music Director Andreas Delfs. Massey holds bachelor and master degrees from Oxford University, and he has served as assistant conductor for the Cleveland Symphony and associate conductor for the San Francisco Symphony and New Orleans Symphony.
The MSO, now in its 46th season, has 88 full-time members and is Wisconsin's largest cultural organization and the state's only professional orchestra.
Members of the MSO play active roles in the community by serving as mentors and teachers for music students and youth in the area. The MSO performs over 120 Pops, Family and Educational concerts annually.
Under Delfs, who is celebrating his ninth year with MSO this season, the orchestra has reached new heights, and has received rave reviews while on tour in Europe, Japan, Cuba and New York's Carnegie Hall.