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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.
Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has become one of the finest orchestras in the nation. The MSO's 83 full-time professional musicians perform over 130 classics, pops, family, and education concerts each season in venues throughout the state. A cornerstone of Milwaukee’s arts community, the MSO provides enrichment and education activities for audiences of every age, economic status, and background.
Accomplishments and Recognition:
The MSO is recognized as a pioneer among American orchestras. The orchestra has performed world and American premieres of works by composers including John Adams, Roberto Sierra, Phillip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, Marc Neikrug, and Matthias Pintscher. For 43 years, the symphony's nationally-syndicated radio broadcasts have ranked among the nation's largest collections and are heard on more than 180 stations throughout the United States, reaching over 3.8 million listeners. The MSO was the first American orchestra to offer its live recordings for download directly through online music stores, including iTunes. In addition, the MSO has created an e-label specifically for digital distribution of its recordings.