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May 2nd, 2015

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, May 9, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.

Spring tradition! We enthusiastically welcome back the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, who for the eighth consecutive spring will close our season. As one of the nation’s leading orchestras and a Wisconsin cultural treasure, the MSO, under the leadership of Music Director Edo de Waart, is a Brown County Civic Music Association audience favorite.

This year MSO will entertain and enthrall us with works by Liszt, Mozart and Brahms under the direction of associate conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong and featuring Matthew Annin, horn.

Maestro de Waart has led sold-out concerts, elicited critical acclaim, and conducted a celebrated performance at Carnegie Hall. The MSO’s full-time professional musicians perform over 135 concerts each season. The MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youth, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee.

The MSO’s standard of excellence extends beyond the concert hall and into the community, reaching more than 40,000 children and their families, and the nationally recognized ACE program integrates arts education into state-required curricula. This season, more than 7,600 students and 500 teachers and faculty in 25 Southeastern Wisconsin schools will participate in Arts in Community Education (ACE).

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – Biography

May 2nd, 2015

Season Listing | Program | Biography | Pre-concert Talk

The Performers

Francesco Lecce-Chong, currently associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has worked with orchestras around the world. Equally at ease in the opera house, Mr. Lecce-Chong has earned a growing reputation and critical acclaim for dynamic, forceful performances that have garnered national distinction.

In his role with the MSO, Mr. Lecce-Chong works closely with renowned Music Director Edo de Waart and is directly responsible for leading over forty concert performances annually. As a trained pianist and composer, Mr. Lecce-Chong embraces innovative programming, champions the work of new composers, supports arts education, and brings the excitement of new music embodying diverse program repertoire and the use of unconventional performances spaces. Mr. Lecce-Chong also provides artistic leadership for the MSO’s nationally lauded Arts in Community Education (ACE) and hosts Meet the Music, the MSO’s pre-concert lecture series.

Mr. Lecce-Chong began conducting at the age of sixteen. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music with honors in piano and orchestral conducting and also holds a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. He currently resides in Milwaukee. Follow his blog, Finding Exhilaration, at www.lecce-chong.com.

Matthew Annin is Principal, Krause Family French Horn Chair, of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Matthew was previously a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where he performed on several tours with the CSO, including tours to Japan and Carnegie Hall, in addition to performing on several orchestral recordings. Matthew has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra. He has also performed with many other orchestras. Matthew was a fellow at the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, and Music Academy of the West where he appeared as soloist with the Music Academy Festival Orchestra.
Matthew received a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An avid runner, Matthew attempts to run over 1,000 miles each year. Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife, Christine, and spoiling their cat, Zoe.

Pre-concert Talk

May 2nd, 2015

Season Listing | Program | Biography | Pre-concert Talk

Francesco Lecce-Chong, associate conductor, will present a pre-concert chat about the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra May 9 program at 6:30 p.m. in the Lars Thune Center, just off the lobby. We hope to see you there.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – Program

May 2nd, 2015

Season Listing | Program | Biography | Pre-concert Talk

May 9, 2015

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor

Matthew Annin, horn



Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3


Concerto No. 3 in E-flat major for Horn and Orchestra, K. 447

  1. Allegro
  2. Romanza: Larghetto
  3. Allegro
    Matthew Annin

— Intermission —


Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Adagio non troppo
  3. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andantino)
  4. Allegro con spirito

Announcing the 2015-16 Season

May 2nd, 2015

The Brown County Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the 2015-16 concert season. Click here 2015-16 season brochure (pdf)

Date Concert
Sun., Oct. 18, 2015 St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Sat, Nov. 21, 2015 Accordion Virtuosi of Russia
Sat., March 19, 2016 Quartetto Gelato
Sat., April 23, 2016 Isthmus Brass Ensemble
Sat, May 21, 2016 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

All performances in the 2015-16 season:

  • are at Ralph Holter Auditorium,
  • Green Bay West High School
  • begin at 7:30 p.m. (auditorium doors open at 7 p.m.)
  • are general admission seating

Early membership incentives

May 2nd, 2015

Purchase a membership – new or renewal – by June 1 and be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of four restaurant gift certificates from program advertisers:

  • Alpha Delights
  • Mackinaws
  • Titletown Brewing Company
  • Union Hotel

The winner will be notified by phone and/or email.

Bonus Concert

May 2nd, 2015

New members, join by May 9 and attend the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert free with your paid membership for the 2015-16 season.

Get Social Online

May 2nd, 2015

Follow us on Twitter

Brown County Civic Music Association is now on Twitter!

Follow us at @BCCivicMusic and encourage your friends to do so too!


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We’re at https://www.facebook.com/bccivicmusic.

Dine to Donate – Perkins

May 2nd, 2015

Mark your calendars! Perkins Restaurants will donate 10% of all sales between 5 and 8 pm to Brown County Civic Music Association on the following designated evenings throughout the summer:

Perkins on the corner of Military and Shawano – Third Wednesday of each month.

Perkins on South Oneida in Ashwaubenon – First & third Thursdays of each month.

Tell your family, friends, and neighbors to take a break and have dinner at Perkins. All diners (no need to be a CM member) are included in the donation! Your participation makes this an easy, delicious fundraiser for Brown County Civic Music!

Classics by Request

May 2nd, 2015

Every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am on WPNE, 89.3, WPR Host Ruthanne Bessman plays listener’s classical requests on Classics by Request.

Listeners can submit their requests online at http://www.wpr.org/classics-request or call in toll free during the show at 800-442-7106. This is a great chance to get the word out about Brown County Civic Music Association and hear Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform something they will perform at our May 9 concert by requesting a movement from Brahms’ Second Symphony (MSO Classics). If you’d rather hear something from Mozart, request an MSO recording of a movement from his 38th or 39th symphonies. Both are on the MSO Classics label. Be sure to mention that Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Brown County Civic Music Association Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in Ralph Holter Auditorium at West High School, Green Bay.