Wisconsin Philharmonic

Image: Wisconsin Philharmonic show. Logo: Waukesha 125th Anniversary

234 W. Main St., Waukesha, WI 53186
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10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The Wisconsin Philharmonic was founded as the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra in 1947 by Carroll College President Nelson Vance Russell as a gift to the community. Throughout its history, the Philharmonic has been considered a true community treasure creating significant cultural and educational opportunities.

This tradition began with the orchestra’s first music director, Carroll College Music Department Chairman Milton Weber. Mr. Weber immediately made his mark on the community using the Philharmonic as the vehicle to create musical opportunities for children and adults where none previously existed. Prior to the creation of The Wisconsin Philharmonic, no instrumental teachers offered lessons in Waukesha.

The Wisconsin Philharmonic is celebrating it’s 75 Anniversary in 2022 and still holds an important place in the fabric of the community. 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. Educational opportunities and scholarships remain a vital component of the Philharmonic programming.

Tour Information:

During the Waukesha Unlocked event, small group of musicians will be performing during the day and visitors will be allowed to view the orchestra's historical items including original scores by composer Florizel Von Reuter.


This location is kid-friendly.

Photography and Filming Permissions:

During this event, photography and filming are allowed.


This location is accessible.

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Metro Bus Access:

Free Waukesha Metro Bus rides Saturday, October 9th and Sunday October 10th.
Route 7/8 Saturday Schedule | Route 7/8 Sunday Schedule

Logo: Waukesha Metro. Text: Metro Route 7/8