The performances open with Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D major featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich, followed by Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus directed by Lee Erickson.
Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, directed by Lee Erickson
, has become one of the finest symphony choruses in the country.
Under Lee Erickson's
dynamic leadership, the Chorus
performs with the MSO
throughout each season and also performs regularly at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
, holder of the Margaret Hawkins Chorus Director Chair, has a passion for choral music which shines through every MSO Chorus performance.
Known for his tireless pursuit of excellence, the standards he sets for tone, precision, diction, and artistry of the ensemble have garnered respect among the conductors, soloists, and composers who have worked with the Chorus.
Mr. Erickson was appointed associate director of the Chorus in 1978 and assumed the position of director in 1994 (after founder Margaret Hawkins's death in 1993).
In 2008, Mr. Erickson
was honored by the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
musical contribution to the greater Milwaukee community, and he
was named as one of the 2007 Artists of the Year by the City of Milwaukee Arts Board. In 2011, Mr. Erickson
received the 2011 Distinguished Citizen - Professional in Arts Award from the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Lee Erickson, director