This is the second year, and the series seems to be gaining popularity. After all, there is free food (free anything goes over well in Milwaukee). The MSO is a gem that has to fight to survive in a city that still clings to its blue-collar mindset. To their credit, they are working to educate an audience beyond their usual subscribers, presenting the context of the pieces and the personalities involved. Where else would I have learned that a twelve year old Mozart out on tour wrote a letter to his father back at home that read, in part, "our coachman breaks wind mightily every time we go over a bump"?
It's about time to head over. Free food, you know.