Welcome to the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra

Our mission is to enrich, engage and educate through the power and performance of live music.

The vision of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra serves as a center of artistic excellence; through leadership and partnerships, nourishes spirits, develops intellectual and creative capital, adding value for all.
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Sep 24 - 4:28 pm
On October 13 and 14, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra will commence its 70th season with a burst of energy and enthusiasm commemorating the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death in a performance of the exuberant "Overture to Barber of Seville." Its familiarity to non-concert-goers evolved through popular culture outlets: it appeared in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, in the Beatles film, Help, and in an episode of the NBC sitcom, Seinfeld. In celebration of 70 years of music-making, CWSO commissioned Stacey Berk, principal oboist, to compose a brand new piece to honor the musicians, staff and central Wisconsin community that have supported the orchestra through the years. The piece, Reflections, is colorful and contemplative, alluding to earlier master works while showcasing modern instrumentation and compositional ideas. Stacey describes her work as "a celebration of CWSO and reflecting back on the 70 years that they have played all these great classic pieces and yet also bring my piece into the next 70 years in which I can utilize some more contemporary compositional techniques. Reflecting backward to look ahead to the future." Berk holds the title of Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, where she was awarded the 2009 University Excellence in Teaching Award. After this uplifting work, CWSO takes the listener through the ecstasy and turmoil of "Romeo and Juliet" commemorating the 125th anniversary of Tchaikovsky's death. Tchaikovsky brings Shakespeare's most famous tragedy to life evoking fiery fight scenes and a haunting love theme. The concert concludes with Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Sketches" from West Side Story to celebrate the centennial of his birth. West Side Story is an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in 1950's working class New York. In 1961, Bernstein transplanted the music of West Side Story into a purely orchestral setting called Symphonic Dances which allowed its brilliant score to serve as a concert work. Bernstein's score is energetic, and colored with Latin idioms, cool jazz, and tender lyricism. CWSO will be holding a sealed envelope auction and raffle in the lobby of the theater during the concert weekend. Bidding will take place before the concert, during intermission, and after the concert. Please visit the lobby to bid on an array of items including artwork, jewelry, concert tickets and more. The concerts will take place in Sentry Theater, 1800 North Point Avenue, Stevens Point. Saturday's performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's is at 4:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased HERE: https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005iBXSEA2



Sep 20 - 10:05 am
It'll be a toe-tapping good time! Come on out to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau for tonight's Classical Thursday performance by CWSO violinist and US National Scottish Fiddle Champion Joanna Johnson and Maranatha Elmhorst! They'll be playing at 5:30 and 6:30 PM as you stroll through the Birds in Art Exhibition.



Sep 19 - 9:53 am
It's that time of year again! Join us at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau for Classical Thursdays. This week, you can hear the CWSO's own Joanna Johnson, 2017 US National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and Maranatha Elmhorst as they perform traditional and original Scottish tunes on violin and piano. They'll perform at 5:30 and 6:30 PM.



Sep 18 - 1:52 pm
We are so excited to announce the Grand Prize winner of the Betty Frost Jenkins Young Artist Concerto Competition! Congratulations to Benjamin Bates, who will be performing with the CWSO at the concerts on December 1 and 2! Congratulations also to David Pickar (First Honorable Mention) and Koppany Bodor (Second Honorable Mention), as well as to all the competitors. We are so fortunate to have so many talented young musicians in Central Wisconsin.



Sep 18 - 1:48 pm
Winners of the CWSO's 2018 Betty Frost Jenkins Young Artist Concerto Competition



Sep 17 - 2:49 pm
You have two opportunities to see the Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble perform Duke Ellington this week! Thursday at 7:30 pm in the Veninga Theater in Wausau and Friday at 7:30 pm in Michelsen Hall at UW-Stevens Point. Get your tickets now! https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005jHF2EAM



Sep 10 - 10:44 am
Have you purchased your tickets for the Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble concerts coming up on Sep. 20 in Wausau and Sep. 21 in Stevens Point? They are performing selections from Duke Ellington's Far East Suite and New Orleans Suite. You won't want to miss this concert! Tickets are available here: https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005jHF2EAM



Sep 10 - 10:03 am
Congratulations to our assistant principal violist, Rochelle Pearson, who has joined the faculty at the Wausau Conservatory of Music. https://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/09/06/wausau-conservatory-music-adds-two-youth-choirs-new-faculty-talent/1130048002/



Sep 4 - 3:56 pm
The Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble concerts are coming up soon. Mark it in your calendars! Thursday Sep. 20 at Veninga Theater in Wausau, and Friday Sep. 21 at Michelsen Hall in Stevens Point. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.cwso.org or by calling (715)345-7726.



Jul 12 - 2:54 pm
Legends & Legacies celebrates the CWSO's 70th year. The season kicks off on October 13 & 14 with "Anniversaries & Celebrations," featuring works of Rossini, Tchaikovsky, and Bernstein as well a premiere performance of "Reflections" composed for this special occasion by Stacey Berk. On December 1 & 2, "Alone Together- Holiday with Cantus" brings in "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States" (Fanfare). This ensemble will delight audiences with a program of holiday arrangements accompanied by CWSO. The concert will also feature the 2018 winner of the Betty Frost Jenkins Young Artist Concerto Competition. "Friends & Favorites" on February 23 & 24 will feature pianist, Michael Keller, and soprano, Susan Bender, in works by Von Weber, Barber, and Stravinsky. The final concert of the season, "Maestro's Farewell," on April 13 & 14 will feature some of the symphony greats: Beethoven, Mahler, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Brahms. Renewals for season subscriptions are open now until September 1. New and lapsed subscriptions and individual tickets are available for all concerts by reservation and will be filled after September 1 (in the order they have been received) by visiting or calling the CWSO Office, 800 Main Street (inside the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum) 715-345-7726. For more information, visit the website- www.cwso.org The CWSO season is supported in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin. The CWSO is affiliated with the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is generously supported by the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Stevens Point. Wisconsin Public Radio is proud to be this season's media sponsor. The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra's mission is to enrich, engage, and educate through the power and performance of live music.


Sep 24 - 4:28 pm
On October 13 and 14, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra will commence its 70th season with a burst of energy and enthusiasm commemorating the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death in a performance of the exuberant "Overture to Barber of Seville." Its familiarity to non-concert-goers evolved through popular culture outlets: it appeared in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, in the Beatles film, Help, and in an episode of the NBC sitcom, Seinfeld. In celebration of 70 years of music-making, CWSO commissioned Stacey Berk, principal oboist, to compose a brand new piece to honor the musicians, staff and central Wisconsin community that have supported the orchestra through the years. The piece, Reflections, is colorful and contemplative, alluding to earlier master works while showcasing modern instrumentation and compositional ideas. Stacey describes her work as "a celebration of CWSO and reflecting back on the 70 years that they have played all these great classic pieces and yet also bring my piece into the next 70 years in which I can utilize some more contemporary compositional techniques. Reflecting backward to look ahead to the future." Berk holds the title of Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, where she was awarded the 2009 University Excellence in Teaching Award. After this uplifting work, CWSO takes the listener through the ecstasy and turmoil of "Romeo and Juliet" commemorating the 125th anniversary of Tchaikovsky's death. Tchaikovsky brings Shakespeare's most famous tragedy to life evoking fiery fight scenes and a haunting love theme. The concert concludes with Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Sketches" from West Side Story to celebrate the centennial of his birth. West Side Story is an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in 1950's working class New York. In 1961, Bernstein transplanted the music of West Side Story into a purely orchestral setting called Symphonic Dances which allowed its brilliant score to serve as a concert work. Bernstein's score is energetic, and colored with Latin idioms, cool jazz, and tender lyricism. CWSO will be holding a sealed envelope auction and raffle in the lobby of the theater during the concert weekend. Bidding will take place before the concert, during intermission, and after the concert. Please visit the lobby to bid on an array of items including artwork, jewelry, concert tickets and more. The concerts will take place in Sentry Theater, 1800 North Point Avenue, Stevens Point. Saturday's performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's is at 4:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased HERE: https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005iBXSEA2