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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Announces the 2014-2015 Family Concert Series

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Announces the 2014-2015 Family Concert Series

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announces plans for the 2014.15 Family Concert series, which presents three matinee performances suited for the whole family. Performances include The Polar Express on Saturday, December 6, 2014; Fairytale Favorites on Sunday, February 15, 2015; and Disney in Concert on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

All three performances include pre-concert activities beginning at 1:30 p.m. sponsored by the Forte Volunteer League. Activities include an instrument petting zoo, composer station, and conductor station, among others.

All performances will be held in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts at 2:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES The Polar Express
December 6, 2014 | 2:30 p.m. Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor

Fairytale Favorites
February 15, 2015 | 2:30 p.m. Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor

Disney in Concert
April 26, 2015 | 2:30 p.m. Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Experience the magic of the holidays by taking a ride on Chris Van Alsburg's The Polar Express. This timeless tale of a boy who still believes makes every child hope to hear the ringing of Santa's bells. With music by Rob Kapilow and images from the book projected onstage, the words of this Caldecott Medal winner come to life through the MSO, Milwaukee Children's Choir, and narrator.

Composers tell stories through music by creating memorable melodies! The MSO explores these building blocks through some of the best-known fairytales and demonstrates how one composer uses all them in one of our favorite stories, The Firebird.

Your favorite stories come to life through Disney visuals and memorable melodies performed live. Experience scenes from Frozen, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Lion King, and more - a reminder that wishes can be made on stars, hope is eternal, and love conquers all.

ABOUT THE CONDUCTORS
American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, currently associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, is active with the orchestral and operatic repertories on the international stage. In his role with the MSO, Mr. Lecce-Chong works closely with renowned Music Director Edo de Waart and is directly responsible for leading over forty subscription, tour, education, and community concert performances annually. During the MSO's 2013.14 season, Mr. Lecce-Chong took the podium for a subscription concert of Leonard Bernstein's works, led the orchestra through its statewide tour of Wisconsin, and conducted a special three-week Chamber Series. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree with honors in piano and orchestral conducting. Mr. Lecce-Chong also holds a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied as a Martin and Sarah Taylor Fellow with renowned pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller.

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