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John Williams will co-conduct a concert of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (10.10.2020)

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https://eu.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/arts/2020/02/21/milwaukee-symphony-open-new-concert-hall-john-williams-concert/4613217002/

 

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During its fundraising campaign to transform a former downtown movie theater into the Bradley Symphony Center, Milwaukee Symphony officials suggested that they'd be able to stage more artistic and ambitious concerts in a new performance home of their own.

The MSO starts paying off on that promise with its 2020-'21 season, which begins and ends with massive choral symphonies, features a three-weekend 1930s festival, offers an action-packed December of holiday-themed music and brings stand-alone concerts by the famous Vienna Boys' Choir and popular mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. 

 

For the first paid ticketed concert in the center's Allen-Bradley Hall, music director Ken-David Masur called on a mentor and friend from his Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Musical Festival days: Oscar-winning composer John Williams, who can draw from a lengthy list of movie memorable scores, including "Jaws," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Schindler's List." 

 

Williams, 88, will share the podium with Masur for that Oct. 10 concert.

 

How will they divide the workload?

"Nothing should follow John Williams," Masur said. "I'm happy to go first." 

 

In planning the first season in the new hall, Masur said he tried "to look at the opportunities we have with childlike curiosity." He also wants to "let the orchestra breathe and figure out how we sound in there." 

 

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I love hearing about the Maestro’s adventures around the US conducting gigs and the like. It is nice that he is making many appearances - he must be focusing more prominently on his conducting work this year. I wonder whether he ever misses the Boston Pops days..

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More from orchestra's website:

https://www.mso.org/concerts/john-williams/47702/

 

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Renowned composer John Williams returns to conduct the MSO in a special performance of his music from the silver screen. Ken-David Masur leads the first half of an exciting program that includes music from such Williams favorites as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and more.

 

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After careful thought and consideration, we are replacing the concert schedule we announced last spring. We have reimagined the season and it will now include virtual performances, reduced capacity, socially-distanced in-person opportunities when the time is right, and exclusive tours of the new Bradley Symphony Center for our loyal subscribers and donors.

 

https://www.mso.org/news-and-press/virtual-season-announcement/

 

I assume the concert has been canceled since JW's name is nowhere to be found on the orchestra's page.

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Orchestras can’t just cancel everything. We need to at least try to get some stuff out there for our audiences. But we have to adhere to public health measures. I’m lucky enough that I’m in Canada, and I should be able to get most of my salary for next season,partly because of the government’s help, even if it won’t be possible to do anything but small ensembles for small audiences. I feel really bad for all the freelance musicians out there.  Not easy to be a professional musician these days. Orchestras don’t make any money on a good year, let alone when not a single ticket is sold. 

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