2021-2022 Season

Rediscover a Gem

CLASSIC JEWELS – A Concert to Honor the Memory of Don Taylor

Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Oconomowoc Arts Center

641 E Forest Street, Oconomowoc, WI


Dvorak: Scherzo Capricioso

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 – Ilya Yakushev, soloist

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5


Ilya Yakushev, Piano Soloist


The Wisconsin Philharmonic was blessed to have a great friend in Donald Taylor throughout the years.  Please join us as we honor him and his steadfast devotion to our symphony with stirring masterworks from three of his favorite composers.  It will be an afternoon to remember as we also introduce a brilliant new piano soloist to our firmament of stars.



Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Oconomowoc Arts Center

641 E Forest Street, Oconomowoc, WI


Brubaker: Hamilton

Horner/Moss: Titanic

Schoenberg/Vinson: Les Misérables

Schoenberg/Custer: Miss Saigon

Webber/Custer: Phantom of the Opera

Lerner and Loewe/Robert Russell Bennett: Camelot medley

Benjamin Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – John McGivern, narrator

John McGivern, Narrator


From Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot to the more recent smash hits of Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton and Miss Saigon, the Wisconsin Philharmonic has got it all covered.  Come revel in these timeless tunes, as conveyed by the lush sounds of a full symphony orchestra.  The evening will wrap up with a hometown Wisconsin star, Mr. John McGivern, as he recites Benjamin Britten’s classic work for narrator and orchestra.




Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Shattuck Auditorium at Carroll University

218 N East Avenue, Waukesha, WI

Featuring Brookfield Central High School, Brookfield East High School

and Muskego High School Women’s Choirs

Dag Wiren: Serenade for Strings

Grieg: “Shephard Boy” from the Lyric Suite: “At the Cradle”, Holberg Suite (complete)

Anderson: Sleigh Ride

Arnesen: Cradle Hymn

Ojelo: Tundra

Grieg: Ave Maris Stella

Nyquist: Yul, Yul, Stralande Yul

Finnegan Christmas Sing-along

Christiansen: Beautiful Savior

Sibelius: Finlandia

Handel: Hallelujah Chorus


In a revival of one of the most warmly remembered Holiday concerts of recent years, three of our County’s most accomplished high school choirs return to the Philharmonic to celebrate the gorgeous Nordic heritage of Christmas music for women’s choirs.  We begin with gems from the equally gorgeous Scandinavian repertoire for small orchestra and include the perennial favorite from Swedish-American, Leroy Anderson, Sleigh Ride!  A perfect afternoon to get us all into the Christmas spirit!



Lev Ivanov, guest conductor
Sponsored by the Sorensen Family Foundation

Featuring Waukesha County’s rising stars: Soloists Julian Rhee, violinist, and Tabitha Rhee, violist; and Jacob Beranek, composer with special tribute to Ukraine and its people


Sunday, April 3, 2022  at 2:00 p.m.

Oconomowoc Arts Center

641 E Forest Street, Oconomowoc, WI


The Ukranian National Anthem

Jacob Beranek: Of a Fleeting Flower (2018) version for string Orchestra (premier professional performance)

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-Flat Major K. 364 – Julian Rhee, violin and Tabitha Rhee, viola

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C Minor, Op. 17 "Ukranian" (Version of 1880) featuring Ukrainian Folksongs


Julian Rhee, Violin

Tabitha Rhee, Viola


Recently, Jacob Beranek, Oconomowoc’s own rising star, enrolled in the composition program at the world-famous Juilliard School in New York.  He joins Brookfield’s own Tabitha Rhee, already at Julliard studying viola!  Along with her equally gifted brother Julian on violin,  they will treat us to a glorious afternoon celebrating the amazing musical talent emerging from right here in Waukesha County.

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