Bradley Symphony Center

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra opens its 2021-22 season this October in the Bradley Symphony Center—the first full season of live music in the symphony’s new home. The historic Warner Grand Theater has been restored and renovated to become the premier setting for a MSO concert experience.

The season begins Oct. 1-3 with A Grand Opening—featuring the MSO’s new Artistic Partner, composer and pianist Aaron Diehl, performing Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue. The program begins with a world premiere piece titled Opening by American composer Eric Nathan and commissioned by the MSO to mark this momentous occasion. Stravinsky’s instantly recognizable Firebird Suite concludes the program in a sweeping finish.

The Oct. 2 concert will be broadcast live on Milwaukee PBS television and Chicago WFMT Radio. 

The 2021-22 season is packed with favorites, from films with live orchestra to holiday festivities and thrilling guest artists from around the globe. Visit mso.org for tickets and details.

MSO Historic Lobby

ABOVE: Untitled (Late Bloomer) by Virginia Overton, 2021

LEFT:  Who’s Afraid to Listen to Red, Black and Green? byKevin Beasley, 2016

Sculpture Milwaukee

Sculpture Milwaukee is a can’t-miss this season. Their 2021 exhibition titled, “there is this We,” co-curated by Theaster Gates and Michelle Grabner, has been called “one of the most prestigious of its kind anywhere,” by Forbes.com. 

The sculptures transform Wisconsin Avenue and the city’s Historic Third Ward into a hip outdoor art gallery, one that’s open 24/7 and more than capable of delivering pandemic-proof fun. 

“There are exciting and palpable energies at work in these sculptures; we feel it in the sonic reverberations of Kevin Beasley’s acoustic mirrors, in the foliage quietly growing in the bed of Virginia Overton’s pick-up truck, and in the rattling cry of the tambourines that comprise Allison Janae Hamilton’s tower,” says co-curator Grabner. “The exhibition’s title reflects the collective power of the works included in the 2021 exhibition and honors a belief in social change through the provocations of the artistic imagination.”

Guided walking and bus tours are available through sculpturemilwaukee.com.