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Milwaukee Symphony to perform in Naperville

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By Nancy Dunker
North Central College

Led by Music Director Edo de Waart, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra returns this spring to North Central College.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the college's Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $60 and $50; call the North Central College Box Office at (630) 637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

The MSO has embarked on a new era of artistic excellence and critical acclaim as de Waart begins his fourth year with the orchestra and continues to lead sold-out concerts and elicit rave reviews. In May 2012, de Waart conducted a performance at Carnegie Hall in the Spring for Music festival.

Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has become one of the finest orchestras in the nation and is a pioneer among American orchestras. Some 83 full-time professional musicians perform more than 130 classical pop, family and educational concerts each season.

The orchestra has performed world and American premieres of works by composers including John Adams, Roberto Sierra, Phillip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, Marc Niekrug and Matthias Pintscher. For 42 years, the symphony's nationally syndicated radio broadcasts have ranked among the nation's largest collections and are heard on nearly 150 stations.

The MSO was the first American orchestra to offer its live recordings for download directly through online music stores including iTunes. In addition, the group has created an e-label specifically for digital distribution of its recordings.

As a cornerstone in the Milwaukee arts community, the MSO's performances also provide educational activities for audiences of every age, economic status and background. This includes the group's nationally recognized Arts in Community Education program that integrates arts education into state-required curricula, providing artistic opportunities for students when budget cuts may eliminate music and arts programming. The program provides lesson plans, supporting materials and classroom visits from ensembles of MSO musicians and artists from local organizations.

The upcoming performance is among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the college and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and more, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at (630) 637-7469.

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