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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Season Listing | Program | Biographies

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

MSO at the Weidner!

Catherine Lan

Featured soloist
Dr. Catherine Lan

For more than a decade, Civic Music has proudly closed its season with the musical magnificence of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. This season, we improve our proven formula by featuring guest soloist Dr. Catherine Lan performing the exquisite Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No 2 in G Minor and the MSO’s first BCCMA performance on the grand stage of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Join us for a spectacular evening!

Special Venue: Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, UW‑Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive Green Bay, WI 54311

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – Program

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Season Listing | Program | Biographies

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

Yaniv Dinur, conductor
Catherine Lan, pianist

“Polonaise” from Eugene Onegin, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“Waltz” from Eugene Onegin, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Concerto No 2 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 22, Camille Saint-Saëns

  1. Andante sostenuto
  2. Allegro scherzando
  3.  Presto

Catherine Lan, pianist


Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74, “Pathétique,” Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  1. Adagio – Allegro non troppo
  2. Allegro con grazia
  3. Allegro molto vivace
  4. Finale: Adagio lamentoso

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – Biographies

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Season Listing | Program | Biographies

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is among the finest orchestras in the nation. Since its inception in 1959, 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. The MSO’s full-time professional musicians perform more than 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state, and garnered national recognition as the first American orchestra to offer live recordings on iTunes.

Yaniv Dinur

Yaniv Dinur

Yaniv Dinur is associate conductor of MSO and music director of the New Bedford Symphony in Massachusetts. Born in Jerusalem, Yaniv moved to the US in 2007 to earn his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting. He has performed with orchestras in Israel, Europe, the US, Canada and Mexico. He has won numerous awards including the 2017 and 2016 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Awards and 2nd Prize at the 2009 Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico.  An accomplished pianist and passionate music educator, Yaniv has performed with the MSO in unusual venues such as a planetarium and an unfinished office building in concerts created especially for young professionals, and has also performed in underserved neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

Catherine Lan

Catherine Lan has been praised as a pianist who “has a fluent technique, sensitive musicianship and a probing intellect”. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of British-Columbia, Master of Music from Indiana University (Bloomington), and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami. Dr. Lan not only conducts master classes in the USA, Singapore, and Thailand, but also serves on the faculty of Broward College. She is a winner of numerous competitions and has concertized at prestigious venues across the US, Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, France, Thailand, United Kingdom, Croatia, and Slovenia.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Roster

KEN-DAVID MASUR, Music Director Designate,

Polly and Bill Van Dyke Music Director Chair

EDO DE WAART, Music Director Laureate

YANIV DINUR, Associate Conductor

CHERYL FRAZES HILL, Chorus Director,

Margaret Hawkins Chorus Director Chair

TIMOTHY BENSON, Assistant Chorus Director


Frank Almond, Concertmaster, Charles &

Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair

Ilana Setapen, Associate Concertmaster

Jeanyi Kim, Associate Concertmaster

                                    Third Chair

Alexander Ayers

Michael Giacobassi

Lynn Horner

Dylana Leung

Chi Li

Yuka Kadota

Lijiia Phang

Margot Schwartz

Karen Smith


Jennifer Startt, Principal, Andrea &

Woodrow Leung Second Violin Chair

Timothy Klabunde, Assistant Principal

Glenn Asch

John Bian

Lisa Johnson Fuller

Paul Hauer

Hyewon Kim

Shengnan Li

Laurie Shawger

Mary Terranova


Robert Levine, Principal, Richard O. &

Judith A. Wagner Family

Nicole Sutterfield Assistant Principal,

  Friends of Janet F. Ruggeri Viola Chair

Samantha Rodriguez, Assistant Principal

      Third Chair

Elizabeth Breslin

Alejandro Duque

Nathan Hackett

Erin H. Pipal

Helen Reich


Susan Babini, Principal, Dorothea C.

Mayer Cello Chair

Scott Tisdel, Associate Principal Emeritus

Kathleen Collisson

Madeleine Kabat

Gregory Mathews

Peter Szczepanek

Peter J. Thomas

Adrien Zitoun


Jon McCullough-Benner, Principal,

         Donald B. Abert Bass Chair

Andrew Raciti, Associate Principal

Scott Kreger

Catherine McGinn

Rip Prétat

Laura Snyder


Principal, Walter Schroeder Harp Chair


Sonora Slocum, Principal, Margaret &

Roy Butter Flute Chair

Heather Zinninger Yarmel, Assistant Principal

Jennifer Bouton Schaub


Jennifer Bouton Schaub


Katherine Young Steele, Principal, Milwaukee Symphony League Oboe Chair

Kevin Pearl, Assistant Principal

Margaret Butler


Margaret Butler, Philip and Beatrice Blank

English Horn Chair in memoriam to

John Martin


Todd Levy, Principal, Franklyn Esenberg

Clarinet Chair

Benjamin Adler, Assistant Principal,

Donald and Ruth P. Taylor Assistant

Principal Clarinet Chair*

JJ Koh, Acting Assistant Principal**

William Helmers


Benjamin Adler*

JJ Koh, Acting**


William Helmers


Catherine Chen, Principal, Muriel C. and

John D. Silbar Family Bassoon Chair

Rudi Heinrich, Assistant Principal

Beth W. Giacobassi


Beth W. Giacobassi


Matthew Annin, Principal, Krause Family

French Horn Chair

Krystof Pipal, Associate Principal

Dietrich Hemann, Andy Nunemaker

French Horn Chair

Darcy Hamlin

Joshua Phillips


Matthew Ernst, Principal, Walter L. Robb

Family Trumpet Chair

David Cohen, Martin J. Krebs Associate

Principal Trumpet Chair

Alan Campbell, Fred Fuller Trumpet Chair


Megumi Kanda, Principal, Marjorie

Tiefenthaler Trombone Chair

Kirk Ferguson, Assistant Principal


John Thevenet, Richard M. Kimball Bass

Trombone Chair


Randall Montgomery, Principal*

Matthew Gaunt, Acting Principal**


Dean Borghesani, Principal

Christopher Riggs, Assistant Principal


Robert Klieger, Principal

Christopher Riggs


Melitta S. Pick Endowed Chair

*Leave of Absence 2018-19 Season

** Acting member of the Milwaukee

Symphony Orchestra 2018-19 Season

Tchaikovsky? Da!

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Fans of Tchaikovsky are in for a treat. The MSO program will open with “Polonaise” and “Waltz” from the lyric opera Eugene Onegin. The second half of the concert consists of one of the Russian composer’s true masterworks, the powerful “Pathétique” Symphony No. 6 in B minor in its entirety. Click here for the full program.

Lan at the Steinway

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Local concertgoers, for the first time in years, will have the chance to enjoy a full piano concerto by an elite pianist and a major symphony orchestra. The crowd-pleasing Camille Saint-Saëns work, Concerto No. 2 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, will feature guest artist Catherine Lan at the Weidner’s nine-foot Steinway D. See more on the talented Ms. Lan.

Spotlight on youth

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

We believe it’s another first for Civic Music: Local musicians will be featured, pre-concert, as patrons arrive for the Saturday night Milwaukee Symphony concert at the Weidner. The Green Bay East H.S. Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Adam Brown will play during the 6:30 to 7:15 time slot in the Grand Foyer.  Come early to appreciate and encourage these Fine Arts Institute students.

Conductor’s talk

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Early arrivals to the May 11 concert can choose to listen in on a pre-concert preview by conductor Yaniv Dinur, the MSO’s dynamic, Jerusalem-born associate conductor. Dinur will address his brief remarks to both Civic Music members and the East High strings players at about 6:45 p.m. in the Grand Foyer (lobby).

Post-event reception

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Join us for our traditional post-concert gathering at Titletown Brewing on Dousman Street. There’ll be a cash bar and complimentary light snacks.

Renew your subscription on the 11th

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

If you haven’t done so already, you’ll have another chance to renew your Civic Music membership, in person, at the May 11 concert at the Weidner.  Check in at the Civic Music table just inside the main canopy entrance.

Civic Music on cable

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Our first-ever TV ad campaign is wrapping up. Coinciding with our spring membership drive, we placed a few dozen local airings of our 30-second spot on various cable networks.  While not saturation-level exposure (too expensive), it’s a start.  If you’re at home Wednesday night (May 8), for example, tune in A&E at 6:45 p.m. or Hallmark at 7:16.