Milwaukee Symphony to perform at televised Packers-Bears football game

Posted on: October 19, 2016

“The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be going way outside its norm on Thursday as the group has been asked to play the national anthem and a halftime show during the Green Bay Packers game against the Chicago Bears,” writes Mark Kass in Tuesday’s (10/18) Milwaukee Business Journal. “The MSO will be taking 56 musicians and 54 chorus members to perform at Lambeau Field [in Green Bay, Wisconsin] for the nationally televised football game. It is the first time the group has ever played at Lambeau Field, though the MSO did play the national anthem for the Milwaukee Bucks during team’s 2014-15 home opener, said Susan Loris, MSO vice president of marketing and communications.… The musicians had to waive several clauses in their union contract, including one that does not allow outside concerts after Sept. 15…. The Packers contacted MSO executives with the offer after viewing a YouTube video of the group’s 2012 flash mob performance at the Milwaukee Art Museum. ‘They loved it and wanted to see if we would be willing to perform for them,’ Loris said.” An estimated 80,000 fans are expected to attend the game. 

Posted October 19, 2016