Milwaukee Symphony heads into first season in Bradley Symphony Center, its new home

Posted on: September 17, 2021

Photo of Bradley Symphony Center courtesy Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers

“Milwaukee’s Westown neighborhood is undergoing a spate of redevelopment after decades of decline,” writes Matthew Marani in Wednesday’s (9/15) Metropolis Magazine (NY, NY). “One such project breathing new life into this stretch of downtown is the Bradley Symphony Center, which saw local firm Kahler Slater’s methodical restoration and conversion of the former Warner Grand Theatre movie palace into a new home for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The Warner Grand Theatre dates to 1930.… Architectural styles … range from an Art Deco facade and lobby to a Neo-Baroque concert hall…. In 2016 the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced plans to move into the space and construct a new adjacent welcome center…. The new glass-clad welcome pavilion … will host a number of programmed and community events…. The symphony began hosting virtual performances from their new digs back in February and is now set to open its doors to the public.… [Says] Erin Kogler, director of communications at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, … ‘It is important for us to be an integral part of the community, and we look forward to being a larger catalyst in the Westown neighborhood.’ ”