MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In approximately six hours, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s construction partners C.D. Smith Construction, International Chimney Corporation, and Expert House Movers moved a seven-story, 625-ton wall 35 feet towards a city street while remaining fully intact. The historic wall dates back to 1931 when the former Warner Grand Theater was built. The wall was moved in conjunction with the MSO’s current $89 million conversion of the former theater into its new performance hall, which is expected to open fall 2020. By pushing the wall back, the MSO can offer better visibility for patrons as well as fit the entire orchestra on stage.
ABOUT THE MSO
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Ken-David Masur, is among the finest orchestras in the nation and the largest cultural institution in Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youth, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee. The MSO’s 70 full-time professional musicians perform over 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state. A pioneer among American orchestras, the MSO has performed world and American premieres of works by John Adams, Roberto Sierra, Phillip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, Marc Neikrug, and Matthias Pintscher, as well as garnered national recognition as the first American orchestra to offer live recordings on iTunes. Now in its 48th season, the orchestra’s nationally syndicated radio broadcast series, the longest consecutive-running series of any U.S. orchestra, is heard annually by more than two million listeners. The MSO's standard of excellence extends beyond the concert hall and into the community, reaching more than 40,000 children and their families through its Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, Youth and Teen concerts, and Family Series.