Review: Milwaukee Symphony’s debut in new Bradley Symphony Center

Posted on: February 9, 2021

“During the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert in the new Allen-Bradley Hall in the Bradley Symphony Center, trumpeter Matthew Ernst, trombonist Megumi Kanda and horn player Matthew Annin stood alone in the center of the gleaming stage, playing Poulenc’s sprightly Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone,” writes Jim Higgins in Monday’s (2/8) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The MSO has spent $90 million to transform a 1930s movie house on West Wisconsin Avenue into its new concert home…. The pandemic and city health regulations have not made it possible for the MSO to open the building with 1,650 subscribers in their seats. So music director Ken-David Masur and artistic vice president Bret Dorhout have crafted a season of 12 classical and four Pops programs featuring small groups of musicians that subscribers can watch online…. The audience saw … violinists Jeanyi Kim and Michael Giacobassi, violist Erin Pipal and cellist Madeleine Kabat performing contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery’s ‘Source Code.’ Montgomery’s piece is the first of many the MSO will play this season by Black composers past and present…. Today we can feel grateful that neither the hell of a pandemic nor the high water of a basement flood could stop the music.”