Since its inception in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has consistently received critical acclaim for artistic excellence. Today, the MSO continues to reach new heights under the baton of the organization's sixth music director, Edo de Waart.

The MSO has performed on tour in Europe, Japan and Cuba; as well as Carnegie Hall and other venues around the United States.

As the largest cultural organization in Wisconsin, the MSO is considered one of the finest orchestras in the country, providing enrichment and educational activities for audiences of every age, economic status and background. At home and on tour, the MSO performs more than 140 classics, pops, family and education concerts each season. Additionally, the MSO's 28 years of nationally-syndicated radio broadcasts rank among the nation's largest collections and are heard on over 240 stations throughout the United States each year. In 2005, the MSO became the first American orchestra to offer its live recordings for download directly through online music stores including iTunes. In December 2006, the MSO launched its own online store to sell digital recordings offering greater flexibility in pricing, scheduling and formatting than other electronic media stores. Online distribution gives worldwide access to performances that have never been made available commercially.

Each of the MSO's resident musicians is a gifted virtuoso. In addition to performing with the MSO, these musicians provide a strong professional core within Milwaukee's thriving arts community. Orchestra players make frequent appearances with other local ensembles, perform as soloists internationally and serve as teachers and mentors to music students and area youth.

The MSO reaches out to diverse audiences through concert performances and nationally recognized education and outreach programs. All programs are guided by the MSO Family Shared Vision which states that the MSO exists for three purposes: to comfort, educate, entertain and exhilarate the human soul through events of cultural significance, relevance and artistic challenge; to embrace, preserve and foster our musical heritage; and to enhance the vibrancy of our community.

The MSO's education and outreach programs are among the most highly regarded of any American symphony. Through initiatives such as Youth & Teen Concerts, MSO Stars of Tomorrow and the nationally-acclaimed Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, the most comprehensive education initiative ever undertaken by an American orchestra, the MSO has become a national leader in arts education programming.

The MSO continues to thrive as a cornerstone organization in Milwaukee's growing arts community. Its musicians are proud to bring symphonic music to growing local, national and international audiences, while maintaining a commitment to long-held traditions of artistic excellence, educational outreach and community service.