Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra returns for free concert, Oct. 5

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra returns to Ripon College Sunday, Oct. 5, for its 42nd annual appearance on campus. Presented each year as part of the College’s Caestecker Fine Arts Series, admission to this year’s performance will be free as a thank-you to the greater Ripon community for its continued support of the College’s musical programming.

The performance will begin at 3:15 p.m. in Wyman Gymnasium, J.M. Storzer Athletic Center. Donations to support arts at the College will be accepted.

Selections include Overture to “Semiramide,” by Gioachino Rossini; Concerto No. 2 in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 22, by Henri Wieniawski, with guest violin soloist Jeanyi Kim; and Symphony No. 8 in G major, Opus 88, by Antonin Dvorak.

Associate Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong will lead the orchestra.

Lecce-Chong has worked with orchestras around the world, including the Atlanta, Indianapolis and St. Louis symphony orchestras, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Hong Kong, Pitesti (Romania), and Ruse (Bulgaria) philharmonics. He also has served as principal conductor of the Brooklyn Repertory Opera and staff conductor for the Santa Fe Opera. A native of Boulder, Colorado, he is a trained pianist and composer.

Kim is the associate concertmaster (third chair) of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. In 2007, she was a guest assistant concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis and Valery Gergiev. The Toronto native has performed in illustrious venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Centre, Salle Plevel, and the Concertgebouw.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is Wisconsin’s largest cultural organization and is among the finest orchestras in the nation. The full-time professional musicians perform more than 135 classics, pops, family, education and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state.

Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youths, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee. In 2005, the MSO gained national recognition as the first American orchestra to offer live recordings on iTunes. This follows a 44-year nationally syndicated radio broadcast series, the longest consecutive-running series of any United States orchestra, heard annually by 3.8 million listeners on 183 subscriber stations in 38 of the top 100 markets.


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