Early Music Now
759 N. Milwaukee St., Ste. 420, Milwaukee; 36th season of lively connections with the past—across borders, across time! Historically informed performances of Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque music. Six ensembles perform in various venues. Current season includes: Sequentia - Words of Power: Charms, Riddles and Elegies of the Medieval Northlands, Rachel Barton Pine & Jory Vinikour - All Bach! and House of Time - Angels & Demons. Telephone: (414) 225-3113; earlymusicnow.org.
Florentine Opera Company
205 W. Highland Ave., #201, Milwaukee; 90th Anniversary Year! Founded in 1933, the Grammy Award-winning Florentine Opera is the sixth-oldest opera company in the U.S. and Milwaukee’s oldest performing arts organization. The 2023 season offers Covers, Cosífan tutte: REMIX, The Barber of Seville, Romeo and Juliet, AL FRESCO and SPOTLIGHT offerings, Bloom, and various iterations of Carols. Performs at Marcus Performing Arts Center, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Lueders Opera Center, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22nd Floor Penthouse at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren and The Ivy House. Box Office: Mon-Thurs 10-4. Telephone: (414) 291-5700 x224; florentineopera.org.
8800 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee; A consortium of diverse musicians dedicated to original, engaging concert experiences of the classical canon juxtaposing timeless classics with the new and unfamiliar. 2023 Offerings include: IT’S ABOUT TIME! and SPRINGTACULAR! Online ticket purchasing without service fees. Performs at Wisconsin Lutheran College and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 1584 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. milwaukeemusaik.org.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO)
212 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee;Among the finest in the nation, the MSO is performing in their new home at the Bradley Symphony Center. Ken-David Masur, Music Director. Selections from the current season include: Neptune & Water Music; Rachmaninoff Piano & Lively Dances; Music of Clyne, Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich; Music of Montgomery & Dvořák, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, The Zodiac & The Planets, Jupiter & Serenade, Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey, Don Juan & Beethoven Piano, Joyce Yang Plays Mozart, Pops, Salon Series, Feature Film Concerts, Family Events and more! Office hours: Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat 12-5; windows open 90 minutes before performances. Telephone: (414) 291-7605; mso.org.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO)
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St., Milwaukee; One of the largest after-school youth orchestras in the country, MYSO offers more than 40 ensemble and enrichment training options from string orchestras to Calypso, music theory and composition to tutoring 900 youth from SE Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. More than 100 public performances are held from October-May at a variety of local venues. Telephone: (414) 267-2950; myso.org.
3720 N. Fratney St., #21, Milwaukee; Founded in Milwaukee and based here for over 40 years, it’s one of the nation’s leading ensembles specializing in both the commissioning and performance of contemporary classical music by living performers. The ensemble has toured extensively throughout the United States and has participated in major international music festivals. Current season offerings include: Future Folk Machine, Northern Lights and Birds of a Feather. Telephone: (414) 229-4308; presentmusic.org.
Racine Symphony Orchestra (RSO)
800 Center St., #120, Racine; One of Wisconsin’s oldest symphony orchestras in continuous operation. 2023 performances include: Musical Flights @ Uncorkt, Masterworks Concert: even Last Words and Masterworks Concert: Pictures of Sound.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 3 pm. Telephone: (262) 636-9285; racinesymphony.org.
UWM Peck School of the Arts - Music
2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee; Presents a wide range of music, from small chamber ensemble concerts to large opera theatre productions, from classically leaning repertoire to musical theater and progressively contemporary works. Performances held at UWM’s Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Telephone: (414) 229-4308; uwm.edu/arts/music.
Waukesha Choral Union
Live music classically performed at various Waukesha-area venues. Collaborations with Carroll University, secondary schools, youth choral groups, local arts organizations and congregations from communities throughout Waukesha County. Telephone (262) 238-3454; choralunion.org.
The Wisconsin Philharmonic
234 W. Main St., #9, Waukesha; 75th Anniversary Season. Offerings include: Annual Janboree Concert and The Glory of Spring. Performs at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts and other venues. Also offers the Shining Stars Competition, Chapman Memorial Piano Composition, Masterworks Chamber Music Program, as well as Maestro Classes and Education Programs. Telephone: (262) 547-1858; wisphil.org.