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Monday evenings at 7 on KNAU Classical

Symphony Night Welcomes the Milwaukee Symphony This Summer

Why not spend a few weeks this summer on the shores of Lake Michigan. If you like nature, Wisconsin Dells and Door County beckon but for those looking for art museums, remarkable restaurants or maybe a craft brewery, a visit to Milwaukee would be perfect. And while you’re there you can take in a few performances by the Milwaukee Symphony.

Well you needn’t leave home because Symphony Night on KNAU Monday nights offers a full season of archival performances this summer by the Milwaukee Symphony. The MSO may not have the reputation of larger big city organizations in the region but they always offer inspired performances. And some of their music is a bit off the beaten track.

For instance, the summer season presents former MSO music director Lucas Foss conducting a program of his own compositions. We’ll have a couple works from the noted Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu; something from John Adams plus a seldom-heard orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition.

Major works are also in store: Dvorak’s Stabat Mater; the Symphony Number 8 by Anton Bruckner; Act One of Wagner’s Die Walkure with soprano Jessye Norman and a complete performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel.

Listen to broadcast performances of the Milwaukee Symphony Monday evenings at 7 on Classical KNAU and online at Complete listings here.

Coming Monday, October 3rd...

Symphony Night welcomes the Phoenix Symphony

Rising from the ashes of a Covid-cancelled 2020 season, the Phoenix Symphony returns to Symphony Night tomorrow on KNAU.

Music Director Tito Munoz is on the podium with a series of broadcast concerts from last year.

His season is firmly rooted in classical and romantic mainstays: We’ll hear three Beethoven symphonies and his most famous piano concerto, as well as Brahms’ 3rd Symphony and a piano concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The new season is heavy on American composers as well, with two of George Gershwin’s most popular pieces from the concert stage, Aaron Copland’s Fanfare For the Common Man, and a piece for strings by the intriguing contemporary American composer Jessica Meyer.

Soloists this season include the fabulous violinist Midori, pianist and Grammy nominee Joyce Yang, and Phoenix Symphony principal clarinet Alex Laing.

For something completely different, join us in late November for a mash-up of the Phoenix Symphony with The Mambo Kings, taking us on a musical tour of Caribbean and South American styles featuring music from Astor Piazzolla to (El Rey) Tito Puente.

The Phoenix Symphony is back! Tune in Monday evenings at seven on Classical KNAU and online at, complete program listings here.