By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jun 25, 2008 at 6:35 AM

The Gufs kick off a four-concert series with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra tonight at Boerner Botanical Gardens. The 7 p.m. show is free.

All four concerts (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) take place in Milwaukee County Parks and are part of The Gufs' 20th anniversary.

The shows were inspired by the group's 2006 disc "A Different Sea." On it, a few tracks were mixed with string arrangements performed by select MSO musicians.

The concerts feature The Gufs' songs and orchestral classics from movies and signature composers.

The shows should create a cool sound and attract a new audience for the symphony.

"This year's unique collaboration with the Gufs allows the MSO to reach new audiences who like to hear classical music with a twist, " says Jenna Kashou, corporate relations manager at the MSO.

The gigs:

Wednesday, June 25 -- Boerner Botanical Gardens, 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 26 -- Milwaukee Lakefront (just north of the Brady Street foot bridge), 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 27 -- Washington Park, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 29 -- Milwaukee County Zoo, 2:30 p.m.

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.