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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Oct 20 - 1:12 pm
The CWSO is pleased to be a partner in the UWSP Jazz Honors internship. Zach Finnegan and Jake Opperman work with us on all things related to the Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble and the Smith Scarabocchio Listening Sessions on Thursdays. It's a win-win-win!



Oct 20 - 7:21 am
From the Wisconsin Public Radio newsletter: WPR100: The First Live Symphony Broadcast in the United States Music has been a part of WPR's history since the beginning. In fact, the first public demonstration of the station's ability to broadcast not just Morse Code, but actual sound was a piece of music - "Narcissus" - in 1917. On November 1, 1921 the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Madison concert, under the direction of Maestro Eugene Ysaye (pictured), was broadcast live on the air. According to author and historian Randall Davidson, this was "likely the first live radio broadcast of a symphony orchestra concert in the United States." Davidson's book also includes a report that President Harding, an Ohio native, may have tuned in at the White House. While that might sound surprising, in the 1920s WPR's WHA received listener reports from Texas, Saskatchewan, Long Island and locations around North America, so it is not impossible. Today, classical music remains an essential part of WPR's service to Wisconsin. The station is the state's single largest presenter of classical music, with more than 90 hours broadcast each week. And a very happy anniversary to our beloved WPR! Looking forward to the next 100 years!
Oct 19 - 1:57 pm
A beautiful fall day like this demands an equally lovely evening. Join us tonight at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau at 5:30 and 6:30 PM. CWSO violist Mary Moran will be performing as part of the Classical Thursdays series during the Birds in Art exhibition.



Oct 17 - 1:56 pm
It's hard to pick a favorite bird! When CWSO violist Mary Moran showed up with a ranked, annotated, and cross-referenced list of birds, we had to sit her down and gently explain that she needed to Just Pick One. So she chose the pyrrhuloxia, the southwest cousin of the northern cardinal. Don't ask her to feel guilty about all the birds she couldn't pick--just come watch her perform at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau this Thursday, October 19 at 5:30 and 6:30 PM, and enjoy the Birds in Art Exhibition! (Photo credit: Rick and Nora Bowers/VIREO)



Oct 17 - 1:26 pm
Special visitor this afternoon! Elliott came into the office to help his mom, Katie, pick up her cello music for the December concerts. Elliott was born last year in September, just about four months early at 1#13oz. Through a series of miracles and the skill of medical personnel, Elliott is now 20# and not just a little bit handsome! ?



Oct 16 - 3:47 pm
We are off and running after launching the next So You Think You Can Conduct contest this weekend! The results today are: Clay Schmit - 41.27 votes (considering votes are $5/ea...that's a fractional number!) Patty Dreier - 45 votes (P.S. - Candidate Dreier has just informed us that she has an anonymous constituent that has pledged 50 matching votes...game on candidates!) Dave Bakken - 79.2 votes (another fraction!) Remember...voting is OPEN until January 13 and the winner will conduct at the February 17 & 18 concerts. A good start! You may cast your vote here: be sure to indicate your candidate OR candidateS of choice in the 'dedication' section of the on-line form. You may also stop into the CWSO office in the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum at 800 Main Street, OR mail your vote to: CWSO, P.O. Box 65, Stevens Point, WI 54481 and remember - VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN!



Oct 14 - 1:51 pm
Oooh-la-la! We are so grateful to Roger L. Nelson for his gorgeous gift of Forest Reflections, premiered this evening by CWSO Concertmaster Steven Bjella. Our Vintage Season opens with something brand new. Tickets available at cwso.org and at the door. 7:30 tonight and 4:00 tomorrow afternoon.



Oct 12 - 3:19 pm
Did you know...that the CWSO offers STUDENT RUSH tickets 20 minutes prior to the Sunday CWSO concerts? Just bring your valid student I.D. (all colleges and tech schools) and we'll seat you for $7 (plus tax and handling fee).



Oct 12 - 1:06 pm
These little birds, Daffy and Willow, just knew that you were wondering what to do tonight! And they're here to tell you to head to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau to hear their people, Jenni, Tom, Olivia, and Megan Yang performing at 5:30 and 6:30 PM as part of the Classical Thursday Series. Daffy and Willow won't be there--as Willow told us, "Birds in Art? We're already works of art." Such divas!



Oct 12 - 10:58 am
It's a mystery...whose giant ballot box is that? All will be revealed at this weekend's CWSO Fall Fantasy when the contestants for this year's So You Think You Can Conduct Contest officially launch their campaigns. cwso.org


Oct 20 - 1:12 pm
The CWSO is pleased to be a partner in the UWSP Jazz Honors internship. Zach Finnegan and Jake Opperman work with us on all things related to the Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble and the Smith Scarabocchio Listening Sessions on Thursdays. It's a win-win-win!