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 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.



Jul 6 - 2:14 pm
Young musicians, one more week to get your applications in for the CWSO's annual Betty Frost Jenkins Young Artist Concerto Competition! Applications must be postmarked by Friday, July 13. http://www.cwso.org/i/p/yacc_application_2018.pdf
Jun 20 - 1:19 pm
The CWSO has some exciting news! Welcome Mara Prausa to the role of interim executive director! Mara begins on Monday, June 25 and brings a wealth of talent and experience with her! Find out more about Mara here! http://www.cwso.org/media/news/cwso-announces-interim-executive-director-2018-06-20/


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.