The Milwaukee Symphony is another under-rated American symphony, its quality and potential made apparent by the experienced, acclaimed directors it has been able to attract (primary example: Lucas Foss). Despite the tough times for "live" music of any stripe, there are outstanding musicians in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. Although I question the need for (and quality of) the symphonies in smaller towns--e.g. Racine, Kenosha, Waukegan--they afford opportunities for "2nd shelf" musicians to continue their passion. On the other hand, the Milwaukee Symphony, like the Chicago, is of such a high order that it is the patron as much as the musician who is rewarded!
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