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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – Bradley Symphony Center by Kahler Slater


By renovating the historic Warner Grand Theater, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra established a dedicated performance center and a first-class patron experience. The Symphony selected Kahler Slater to lead them in accomplishing their mission of transforming the theater to a live performance venue and enable growth for the organization.

Built in 1930, the Warner Grand Theater was originally designed for film, rather than live performances. Therefore, the complex renovation included moving the theater’s terracotta rear wall to make room for a larger stage to accommodate the size of the orchestra. In addition, the project integrated an adjacent building that serves as an expanded lobby and gathering place, soloist rooms and enhanced elevators for full patron accessibility. Goals for the project included celebrating MSO’s rich history as well as leveraging the renovation to spur economic development in the area. The MSO was approved by the State of Wisconsin for over $6 million in histo…

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