2023-2024 Season

Starry Nights FREE outdoor concert

Friday, July 7, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Join us as we celebrate America with a magnificent summer journey of popular and patriotic classics!  The perfect way to kick off your summer listening with family and friends.  For more info on Sharon Lynne Wilson Center's Starry Night Concert Series click here

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Richard Rodgers/ Robert Russell Bennett: OKLAHOMA Suite
Kander and Ebb/Ted Ricketts: CHICAGO Suite
Claude-Michel Schoenberg/Calvin Custer: MISS SAIGON Suite
Morton Gould: American Salute
Alan Menkin/Besterman: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Overture
Stephen Schwartz/Ricketts: WICKED Suite
Lerner and Loewe/Bennett: CAMELOT Suite
Jay Ungar/Bob Cerulli: "Ashokan Farewell" (theme music from Ken Burns' THE CIVIL WAR)
Arr. Bob Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Andrew Lloyd Webber/Custer: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Suite

No Strings Attached
Celebrating the Philharmonic Winds, Brass and Percussion

Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Come join us as we start our regular season with a long-overdue tribute to the Wisconsin Philharmonic's treasured artists in its wind, brass and percussion sections- some of the Wisconsin's finest musicians!

Dukas: Fanfare from La Peri
Morton Gould: Fanfare for Freedom
Howard Hanson: Fanfare for the Signal Cops
Paul Creston: Fanfare for Paratroopers
Aaron Copeland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #5
Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major

Romantic Milestones

Friday, October 27, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Soloist Reed Tetzloff, piano makes his Waukesha debut performing Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor. Wisconsin composer, William Neil, commissioned to orchestrate a Rachmaninoff treasure: two early Suites for Two Pianos, now his "Symphony No. 0"will be premiered!

Rachmaninov: SYMPHONIC SKETCHES. the Suites Nos. 1 and 2 for Two Pianos, as orchestrated by William Grosvenor Neil
WORLD PREMIERE: commissioned by the Wisconsin Philharmonic, in honor of its 75th Anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninov's birth)
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Reed Tetzloff, piano

A Royal Christmas

Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Oconomowoc Arts Center


Featuring John McGivern, narrator, the Waukesha Choral Union, the Brookfield Central High School Choir, and the Oconomowoc High School Choir.

It's high time we cycled back to the great British coral traditions for Christmas - especially this year! So join our guest host, John McGivern, the Waukesha Choral Union, and some of our finest high school choirs as the Philharmonic brings you a "Coronation Special"!

Nigel Hess: A Christmas Overture
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on "Greensleeves"
Frederick Delius: Sleigh Ride
Ronan Hardiman: Music from Lord of the Dance
Michael Tippett: Suite in D, for the Birthday of Prince Charles
Chip Davis/ Mannheim Steamroller: Deck the Hall
John Finnegan: A Christmas Singalong
John Rutter: Jesus Child; Candlelight Carol; Shepherd's Pipe Carol; Star Carol
G.F Handel: "Hallelujiah!" chorus, from MESSIAH

Waukesha Jamboree Family Concert

Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 2:00 pm
St. Luke's Lutheran Church

The Philharmonic returns again to St. Luke's for its annual children's concert.  With a JanBoree theme of "Extreme Wintergreen", the afternoon will be filled with children's activities and an instrument petting zoo beginning at 1 PM followed by a fun children-centered concert.

A Disney Spectacular

Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 2:30 pm
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

We welcome Spring with this perfect afternoon of beloved music from recent DISNEY favorites for the silver screen.  Bring the young people in your life - and those young at heart! - to join us in a magical, musical journey.

Hans Zimmer, arr. Paul Lavender: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, Symphonic Highlights
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, arr. Bob Krogstad: Music from FROZEN
Harry Williams: "Reflection", from MULAN
Alan Menken: Music from ENCHANTED
Alan Menken, arr. Calvin Custer: Overture to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Hans Zimmer, arr. Paul Lavender: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLDS END, Symphonic Highlights
Elton John, arr. Calvin Custer: "Circle of Life", from THE LION KING
Sherman and Stiles, arr. Bob Lowden: Tunes from MARY POPPINS
Ponchielli: "Dance of the Hours", from La Gioconda (Fantasia)
Stravinsky: Berceuse and Finale, from The Firebird Suite 1919 (Fantasia 2000)

Songs of the Prairie

Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Oconomowoc Arts Center

Soloist: Gabriel Cabezas, Cello


Antonin Dvorak returns to our stage with Cello Concerto in D Minor, featuring Gabriel Cabezas, an internationally acclaimed young artist on the cello scene.  Lake country's own rising star Jacob Beranek also makes a welcome return.  In the patriotic spirit we'll enjoy the music of Aaron Copeland, as edited and arranged by our Maestro, ending our season in magnificent style!

Aaron Copeland: "A Prairie Symphony", Devised by Alexander Platt
     Preamble to a Solemn Occasion (1949)
     Letter from Home (1944)
     Suite from The Tender Land (1954)
     "Hoe-Down", from Rodeo (1942)
Jacob Beranek: Of a Fleeting Flower (2020)
Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104

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