Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra


by Jennifer Tomazic

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was just one of six orchestras picked to play the Spring for Music concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Saturday, May 12.

The MSO, made up of more than 80 musicians, has played the hall in the past but for Violist Helen Reich, the excitement is just the same.

"It's one of the most famous halls in the world and the audience in New York is going to be one of the biggest audiences in the world too, so it's always going to be special," said Reich.

She's been with the orchestra for 24 years and says even though she's from New Jersey, she feels right at home in Milwaukee and with her fellow musicians in the MSO.

"MSO is known as a very friendly orchestra," said Reich. "It's a rewarding way to make a living."

After all, the MSO is the largest non-profit arts organization in the state of Wisconsin. It's been around since 1958 and has world class stature among it's followers.

"It's on par with Chicago, New York," said patron Clyde Bachard "The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a tremendous resource in the community. It's a great orchestra."

It made a lasting impression on Peter Thomas, who went to see the orchestra as a child and was inspired to become a member when he grew up.

"It's a real pleasure to be with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Our musicians are great," said Thomas.

He's played the cello with the MSO for four years and was very excited to play Carnegie Hall for the first time.

"It's going to be a completely different experience for me-to be able to sit on stage and play is just going to be awesome," said Thomas.

The MSO season is winding down. It's 40 weeks long and the orchestra has a classical, pops, and children's series, to name a few.

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