Wisconsin Philharmonic Teams with Five by Design on Nov. 7 to Celebrate Music from the 1960s


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Wisconsin Philharmonic “Goes Mad”

Orchestra Teams with Five by Design on Nov. 7

to Celebrate Music from the 1960s Mad Men Era


Although Don Draper, Roger Sterling and Peggy Olson won’t be playing instruments for the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center will have the energy and sounds of the fictional Sterling Cooper ad agency on Tuesday, Nov. 7.


Musical director Alexander Platt will lead the Philharmonic and the acclaimed Five by Design in a special musical retrospective of the 1960s featuring the melodies, rhythms and feel good tunes of Miller, Mancini, Mercer and others. Those compositions provided part of the soundtrack for the award-winning TV series Mad Men, which chronicled societal changes in American culture in the 1960s through the lens of a New York City advertising agency’s staff.


Five By Design’s signature harmonies and comedic storytelling penchant have delighted audiences across the country for two decades. The Minnesota-based quintet includes brothers Terrence and Kurt Niska, childhood collaborator, Michael Swedberg, Lorie Niska (married to Kurt), and Sheridan Zuther. Four of the five members have been singing together since 1986.


An hour prior to the 7:30 p.m. concert, the Wisconsin Philharmonic will offer a free, 30 minute informal discussion with the conductor and/or soloists. Music Uncovered: Pre-Concert Conversations are a new feature for the Philharmonic this year.


“As part of the Wisconsin Philharmonic’s 70th anniversary, we are providing our audiences an inside look at the night’s program,” said Platt. “Audience members will come away with a better understanding of the music being performed as well as get to know some of our soloists who make this organization such a cultural treasure for Southeastern Wisconsin.”

Platt encourages music lovers to dress the part of 1960s for the concert.

“The ‘60s were a time of huge change in our culture and society – beginning with the slick-backed hair and buttoned-down world of suits, starched shirts and modest dresses and ending in long hair, flower power, jeans and tie-dyed attire and anything that projected an anti-establishment message,” noted Platt. “We hope our audience shares in this fun celebration by dressing like the cast of Mad Men from the series’ beginning through its finale.”



Venue: Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53045

Date & Times: Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m. with Pre-Concert Conversation at 6:30 p.m.)

Tickets: $48 Preferred Orchestra, $42 General Orchestra, $36 Balcony

Box Office: 234 W Main St. #9 Waukesha, WI 53186, (262)-547-1858 or online at www.wisphil.org



About the Wisconsin Philharmonic

The Wisconsin Philharmonic’s mission is to enrich lives through exceptional musical experiences: performance, education and community partnership. The Philharmonic performs five Masterworks performances each season and draws audience members from the six county area of Waukesha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Jefferson and Racine counties. For more information about the orchestra and tickets for performances, go to our webpage at www.wisphil.org. Follow us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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