Building on successes in other MYSO ensembles, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra musicians refine the skills required for participation in the Senior Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.
Artistic Director Carter Simmons has worked with the musicians and families of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) since 1992. In addition to leading the artistic and program staff, he is Music Director of MYSO’s Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. During his tenure, the organization has grown to serve 7,000 students and received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Mr. Simmons is Music Director of Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony and has been invited to conduct for the Milwaukee Ballet, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Starry Nights Orchestra featuring artists of the Florentine Opera, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. He has conducted MYSO in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall and in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and has accompanied the orchestra for its performances in: New York’s Carnegie Hall, Valencia’s Palau de la Música, Prague’s Dvořák Hall, Budapest’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Argentina and Uruguay, Ireland, and the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic. Mr. Simmons has been appointed Music Director of MYSO’s Senior Symphony starting in the 2020-2021 season.Less
Michael Giacobassi grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and began studying the violin at age nine. He received his music degree from Michigan State University where he studied with Walter Verdehr. He joined the Milwaukee Symphony in 1974 and became a member of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra in 1975.
Mr. Giacobassi has appeared in recital at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and is a member of the Washington Island Chamber Music Festival. He was a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony in statewide performances of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 (Lucas Foss, conductor), Vivaldi’s Spring in April 2005, and has performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the MCO.
In addition to orchestral playing, Mr. Giacobassi teaches aspiring young musicians and coaches violinists in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony.Less
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