Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra

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Ticket Information

Download the Concert Ticket Brochure

Download the Season Ticket Brochure

How to Purchase Concert Tickets

In Person

Hours for the Capitol Civic Centre are:

Mon-Fri 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Performance Days: 5pm
Closed on Sundays and Holidays

Box Office opens one hour prior to performances unless noted otherwise.

By Phone

Call the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office at:

(920) 683-2184

Your order will be mailed to you, or you may pick it up in person. A $4.00 phone processing fee will be added to your order.



Cum laude Chorus

A Fine Romance

Stradivarius Summit

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MSO History

Written by Ruth Bushman,
Manitowoc Symphony Violinist

For 50 years, the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra has been delighting audiences and providing a creative outlet for community musicians. The members of the orchestra carry their passion for fine music to delicious heights through live presentations of classical works. Manitowoc is one of the smallest cities in the United States to have a symphony orchestra.

For first conductor, Karl Miller, whose desire to conduct an orchestra was nurtured by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s radio broadcasts, the creation of the Manitowoc Civic Orchestra in 1951 was a fulfillment of a boyhood dream. Following a World War II stint in the Air Force and graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a degree in music, Miller and his wife Betty moved to Manitowoc. He had decided to accept a position with the Manitowoc Public Schools, influenced by his peers’ opinion that the city was ready for a civic orchestra.

Recruitment for the orchestra began in early 1951, followed by first string sectional rehearsals in the fall. Over the years, the organization grew in stature and was recognized as playing an important role in the Lakeshore area’s quality of life.

The Symphony was originally headquartered at Lincoln High School, but moved its performances to the elegantly appointed Capitol Civic Centre following extensive remodeling of the 71-year-old structure a few years ago.

From 1951 until his retirement in 1986, Miller encouraged, stimulated and instructed his musicians. He was the driving force and was totally dedicated to the orchestra.

From 1986-1990, Manuel Prestamo was the next conductor. It was at this time, with the approval of our sponsors, the City of Manitowoc, the orchestra began charging admission. Mr. Prestamo applied for and received grants every year for the orchestra. He worked closely with the Orchestra Board and in March 1987 helped organize and develop the very active Symphony league. Its purpose is to support the orchestra and to develop musical growth and awareness throughout the community. The League assumed responsibility for the promotion and sale of tickets, for the staging of a major annual fund-raising event, and for the offering of post concert receptions to enable the audience to meet socially with the orchestra members and guest artists.

Under Manuel’s leadership, the orchestra had the opportunity to play under many guest conductors from other countries and to accompany many guest artists. After four seasons Manuel left the orchestra with a high community profile, an active and energetic Board of Directors and League, an increased paying audience, and a promising future.

1990-91, the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra’s 40th season, was Wayne Wildman’s first year as director and conductor. Maestro Wildman has worked very hard and through his many personal contacts has succeeded in greatly increasing the number of regular players in the orchestra. By selecting music familiar to both orchestra members and audience alike, he has continued to increase the number of people attending the concerts. At his very first concert with the orchestra Wayne doubled as conductor and piano soloist. Maestro Wildman has a great rapport with the orchestra, board, league and audience.

The lakeshore community can be proud of featuring such a committed organization of musicians for over 50 years. In 1991 they sponsored Victor Borge, selling out long before the concert date. They sponsored world famous violinist, Isaac Stern, in duo-recital with Yefim Bronfman, one of the top three pianists in the country. Since then, they have brought in the Tokyo String Quartet with Pinchas Zuckerman, the Canadian Brass, Yefim Bronfman again, and most recently, Gary Karr.

They Symphony provides one of the area’s finest entertainment experiences and all lovers of fine music are invited to discover the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra as they carry their passion for music into the next decade.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra Association is to promote the classical music experience in the community of Manitowoc County through presentation and education while providing the highest quality of classical music balanced with the opportunity for participation by local musicians, and to establish an environment where all people within the county identify with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.

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Our Vision

The vision of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra Association is to provide an orchestra comprised of quality musicians who can participate in a wide variety of classical repertoire, with a solid financial base of endowment fund and loyal contributors and supporters which will enable the Association to provide the community with a rich classical music experience.

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Board Members

Wayne Wildman, Music Director

Peggy Pitz, Executive Director

Nancy Baumann

*Rudy Baumann

Ann Gold

Zach Holzer

Monica Hrudik

*D.J. Lucas

*Jerilyn Laurino

Martha Rasmus

Elaine Schueler

Judy Sigman

Carole Witt Starck

*Karen Steingraber

Paul Stockhausen

Renee Thompson

Joseph E. Trader

Rhonda Trader

*Kelly Vanderstelt

*Kathy Willis

* indicates new Board Member

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Capitol Civic Center 913 S. 8th Street - Manitowoc WI 54220

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Play for the MSO

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, please email Peggy Pitz with the following information:



Phone Number


In the area below, briefly describe your playing experience. Please include information regarding training and groups you have played with.

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Volunteer for the MSO

If you are interested in volunteering, fill-out the form below to indicate where you would be interested in volunteering and we will be sure to contact you when we work on these special projects/events.




City, State, Zip Code

Phone Number

I would be interested in helping with the following:(check all that apply)

Serve as a Committee Member

Education Committee

Finance Committee

Marketing and Communications Committee

Special Events Committee

Sponsorship Committee

General Ways to Volunteer

Mass Mailings

Poster Delivery

Telephone Calling

Equipment Transportation (musical instruments, choral risers, etc.)

Volunteer for Special Events:

Tour of Homes Host/Hostess (November)

Reception Host/Hostess (After Every Concert)


Usher for Performances Outside the Capitol Civic Centre

Additional Information or Comments:

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As a service to the community, Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra provides the list below of local performing groups and individuals.

Please contract these performers directly, as Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. cannot be responsible for selection, suitability and the other elements of your engagement made with any of the listed performing groups.

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