ABOUT US

 

The Southwestern Suburban Symphony has arrived in the Milwaukee suburbs, prepared to deliver high caliber musical concerts for the people in Franklin, Muskego, Greendale, Hales Corners, New Berlin, Greenfield, West Allis and beyond.

The SWSS will gather to present three concerts per season with a variety of solo artists for the enjoyment of the folks who live in the southwestern suburbs. The programs will serve three population groups: The general public, our children, and the growing segment of vital seniors who make this area their home.

 Programming will have great variety so that we can bring the joy of wonderful music to everyone.  Music needn’t be stuffy, formal, or elitist…it should be thoroughly uplifting, entertaining, and inspiring…that is our goal.  Educating the next generations to hear and appreciate live music is also a strong focus of the orchestra.  We will work with area teachers to involve school kids and their families with “hands on”, accessible programs that will create lasting memories.

We believe that more families would attend live concerts if it didn’t involve driving downtown, paying for parking, and being on the streets after hours. The Southwestern Suburban Symphony will perform right in your own “back yard”!  We will offer top notch concerts where the theater and parking is accessible and convenient, and the programming thoroughly enjoyable and family friendly.  

The Southwestern suburbs of Milwaukee are poised for significant growth, and we want to be “The Peoples Orchestra” right here where you live and work. Thank you in advance for your interest and support. We are ready to bring you and your families the finest instrumental and vocal concerts in the Milwaukee area, just minutes from your home.

Our mission is to entice and entertain our local residents with instrumental and vocal music that will inspire them, touch their hearts, and bring joy to their lives as only great “live” music can!

 

GET INVOLVED

HELP BRING LIVE MUSIC TO YOUR COMMUNITY

 

Get on board with the burgeoning segment of Milwaukeans who love live music…join us in your own backyard for great music that speaks to your heart and soul! The Southwestern Suburban Symphony – the Peoples Orchestra – does it all for YOU!  Let’s plug in the thrill of live music minutes from your homes in the southwestern suburbs. No traffic, no parking problems, no long lines!

 

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."  - Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Let’s shake up Milwaukee by bringing Packers Fans, Cheeseheads, Harley riders, Brewers backers (baseball and beer), and all our kids  back into the theater for live music right here in the suburbs at an affordable price. Sophistication never sounded so good, so join us and help us put the southwestern suburbs on the cultural map of Milwaukee…our time has come!

  BECOME A MEMBER of “Packer Fans for Great Music”

PFGM is the support team for The Southwestern Suburban Symphony. These are sports fans who also love live music!  They will never miss a Packer game…or a wonderful concert! Packer Fans for Great Music are needed to help us spread the word within their circle of friends, volunteer at the ticket booth, serve as an usher at concerts, and by participating in, and generating fund raising events in the area.  If you have great organizational skills…we want you!  If you have artistic leanings and decorating talents…your skills are needed and welcomed. If you are a golfer and would like to plan a golf outing…let us know! If you have ideas for new fund raising ideas...we'd like to hear about them! A vital team will help launch the Symphony and its programs in exciting and creative ways. We want your ideas! We’d like you and your friends to jump in and help us launch this exciting new season in style…be part of the experience that will put your neighborhood on the map. Let’s shake up Milwaukee with stunning concerts presented in wonderful venues right near your home. We need your help!

The Southwestern Suburban Symphony will never schedule a concert over a football game…our promise! Join us and help us bring “Superbowl” quality music to the Southwestern suburbs! 

For more information on the first PFGM meeting at the Franklin Library in April, please email info@SWSsymphony.org or ceflasch@SWSsymphony.org.

 

BUSINESSES

We invite local businesses to help us score the winning touchdown.  Let’s put the Southwestern suburbs on the map. Our suburbs are only as great as the people who live here and the businesses who build here. Let’s be “on the grow” together Great, accessible music can be the fuel and inspiration!

 

"Philanthropy is America’s passing gear."  - Paul Ylvisaker

 

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MEET THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Christine Flasch

 

Christine Directing

Time with the Syracuse Opera

Music by the Lake, Lake Geneva

"Music In The Air” at MBTL. Photo by Jerome Kern, 2012

Christmas Refelctions, 2014

Christine Flasch grew up the sixth of an artistically inclined family of eight in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Beginning with dance lessons at 5, piano at 6, voice at 12, and organ at 13, she had logged many hours of training by the time she reached high school.  Already inclined toward teaching and accompanying, she taught a number of piano and voice students, and continued in the same capacity in college and throughout her years in graduate school as a teaching fellow in voice at Syracuse University. Flasch  received a master’s degree in vocal performance on a full scholarship.

Flasch made her operatic debut with the Syracuse Opera in her first year of grad school while concurrently serving two years as an Opera Apprentice with The Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, then moved immediately to New York City where she made her debut with the Bronx Opera in the taxing role of “Zerlina” in Auber’s Fra Diavolo. Her performance garnered unanimous critical acclaim:  “…a soprano aria to tax the resources of a Sutherland.  In that fierce soprano role Christine Flasch proved a major vocal and dramatic talent”.   New York Daily News

After singing leading roles throughout the country under management for twelve years, and in order to be home with her young son, Justin, Flasch joined the Metropolitan Opera Chorus where she sang several comprimario roles, and worked with the leading singers, conductors, and stage directors in the world.

Desiring to stretch her wings, Flasch returned to the Milwaukee area and quickly joined the rosters of several colleges and universities in Wisconsin and Illinois, including the prestigious Chicago College of Performing Arts/Roosevelt University where she was a member of the voice faculty. She was recruited to build Music by the Lake, a summer music festival under the auspices of Aurora University in Illinois in 2000, and developed the festival into a highly successful program of eight concerts each season. In 2014 the festival welcomed more than 10,000 patrons to the summer performances at George Williams College’s Ferro Pavilion on Geneva Lake.

As part of the summer line up, Flasch honed her skills as a conductor by producing and directing  thirteen years of opera, operetta and musical theatre productions. She  welcomed leading artists from across the United States, as well as emerging young artists from Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison. Her productions drew enthusiastic audiences from throughout the Midwest and helped launch the careers of hundreds of talented young singers. Her annual Christmas concerts to “sold out” crowds drew the finest instrumentalists and singers to the campus for ten seasons.

Flasch left her position as Executive Director at MBTL to dedicate her energies toward building top notch musical programs in her own community of Franklin. She will lead the Tri-state area’s finest instrumentalists and vocalists in a broad variety of musical concerts as she seeks to build the emerging Southwestern suburbs into a new – and unexpected – arts destination. 

Flasch's instrumental conducting credits include operatic and concert performances with The Florentine Opera’s performances for the young with the Waukesha Symphony (The Magic Flute), Carroll University Cosi fan tutte, The Priates of Penzance, Die Fledermaus, and thirteen years as conductor of the Music by the Lake summer operas and annual Christmas concerts. Major works included La Boheme, The New Moon, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Music in the Air, Brigadoon, and Gala of Stars, a medley of forty  selections from opera and musical theatre. She has nurtured the careers of hundreds of gifted young singers, many of whom are currently enjoying successful careers nationwide. 

 
 
 

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The fine arts have nurtured the souls of audiences throughout the ages. When populations and cultures were in political and social distress (as they are today), hope, relief, inspiration and enlightenment were always found in the arts. Since 2008, producers have seen a slow and steady return to financial optimism and support for the arts. It has never been a better time to invest in music!

Children are the future of live music and culture in our society. I would like to dedicate the remaining years of my professional career to presenting fine arts programs that will enrich the general population, and the next generation of concert goers, our children and grandchildren. High quality musical programs require a community’s dedication and dollars. I hope you will join me in this worthy calling by supporting The Southwestern Suburban Symphony. Investing in the arts pays great dividends!

Christine Flasch - Executive Director

The Southwestern Suburban Symphony

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