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 17 - 2:58 pm
Do you have a bucket list? Our third candidate sure does, and one of the items on his bucket list is to conduct Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Will you help make this dream become a reality by voting for him? We'd like to introduce you to candidate # 3- Sean Caldwell. Sean Caldwell joined the NewsChannel 7 team in October 2012 as an anchor and producer for Sunrise 7. Since July 2017, he also serves as executive producer for the broadcast which was recently honored as the Best Morning Show-Small Market by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sean graduated magna cum laude from Five Towns College in New York with a degree in film. Before coming to Wausau, Sean worked as an anchor and reporter for KCWY News 13 in Casper, Wyoming. As a fan of the arts from a young age, Sean has always enjoyed performing whether in front of an audience or singing loudly in the car by himself. Though his job takes up a lot of his time, Sean has remained active with local theatre groups appearing in productions including 1776, Little Shop of Horrors and Beauty and the Beast. While he always enjoys singing with an orchestra, he admits he doesn't know much about time signatures, dynamics or chord progressions. Still, he's hopeful for the opportunity to learn with the musicians of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Sean lives in Wausau with his wife Kate and their cockapoo puppy Franklin Shepard. You can purchase a vote for Sean here (enter his name in the dedication name) https://cwso.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n61000007fvKKAAY



Oct 17 - 2:54 pm
Are you ready to hear about our next candidate in our fierce, yet friendly "So You Think You Can Conduct" contest? Candidate #2 is Ellen Hilgendorf and she asks you to vote for her to "bring da culture back to da nort woods" Ellen Hilgendorf is currently the Owner of Ellen's Rustic Lodge in Tomahawk, WI. She is also the Controller/Business Manager at Daigle Brothers, Inc. in Tomahawk. Prior to her management roles Ellen was a piano teacher for 35 years. For several years she sang with the Wheaton Choral Union at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Ellen was on staff at Grace Pointe Church in Naperville, IL as a church musician where she played keys, sang vocals, composed instrumentals & conducted small instrumental ensembles as well as directing worship teams. Since moving back to her hometown of Tomahawk she has been playing keyboard on the worship band at Northwoods Vineyard Church in Tomahawk. Ellen has studied Music Ed and Music Composition at UW Eau Claire and Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. In her spare time she enjoys working in her yard, hiking, kayaking, cooking & enjoying time with family and friends. You can purchase a vote for her here (just put her name in the dedication name) https://cwso.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n61000007fvKKAAY



Oct 17 - 2:48 pm
Our annual "So You Think You Can Conduct" contest is off to the races. We'd like to introduce you to our candidates. Candidate #1 is Tonya Haze. She was born and raised in the Frozen Tundra (a.k.a. the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). She wandered around the Midwest for several years - Lower Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska - before landing here in Wisconsin, where she currently works for NRG Media. She is Midday On-Air-Talent for Classic Rock 103.3 WGLX, and she also does Nights on Hot 96-7. She drinks insane amounts of coffee - and enjoys baking cookies to go with it. She likes to spend her weekends checking out the local art and music scenes, playing Euchre with friends, and spending time outside with her dog, Diamond. You can purchase a vote for her here: (Please enter her name in the Dedication Honoree Name) https://cwso.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n61000007fvKKAAY



Oct 11 - 10:03 am
The viola: elegant with a little bit of splash, just like the Rose Breasted Grosbeak. Come hear CWSO principal violist Mary Moran as she performs tonight as 5:30 and 6:30 PM at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau for Classical Thursdays! The galleries are open late for you to explore the Birds in Art exhibition.



Oct 10 - 2:13 pm
We are so excited to present the premiere issue of our semi-annual CWSOunds magazine. Watch your mailbox for its arrival soon, or come to our opening concert weekend this Saturday and Sunday to pick up a copy! Special thanks to Spectra Print and Jenny Vanden Heuvel for their spectacular print and design work.



Oct 8 - 1:19 pm
Don't forget to check out our sealed envelope auction in the lobby of Sentry Theater at our opening concerts this weekend. Here's a sneak peak at some of the items: -A lovely watercolor painted by Annette Schuh -A six course chef's tasting menu with wine and cocktail pairing for six people at A-Soshel -An African kitchen safari dinner with 5 courses in the home of Anna Gresch -2 tickets to Hamilton and a 2 night stay in downtown Chicago
Oct 8 - 1:13 pm
You won't want to miss our opening concert weekend of our 70th anniversary season on October 13 & 14. We will be featuring works by Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein and a newly commissioned piece by Stacey Berk. Aber Suzuki students will be performing in the lobby during intermission- perfect time to enjoy a beverage while you browse our auction and raffle items. We hope to see you this weekend! Tickets available here- https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005iBXSEA2



Oct 4 - 1:18 pm
CWSO Executive Director Mara Prausa says that if the piano were a bird, it would be a swallow. Decide for yourself tonight when Mara plays at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau at 5:30 and 6:30 PM. The galleries are open for you to browse the Birds in Art exhibition as Mara plays! Photo credit: Jim Rathert



Sep 28 - 10:42 am
Join us for our 70th season debut, titled "Anniversaries & Celebrations," featuring works by Rossini, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky and a newly commissioned piece by Stacey Berk. Oct. 13th & 14 at Sentry Theater. For more information visit. www.cwso.org.



Sep 25 - 2:52 pm
We will be holding a sealed envelope auction and raffle at our October "Anniversaries & Celebrations" concerts. We send out a huge "THANK YOU" to the generous businesses and individuals who are offering these fabulous items to bid on: 1. American Players Theater- Win 2 tickets to a show of your choice this season. 2. A-Soshel- Enjoy a six course chef's tasting menu with wine and cocktail pairings for six guests. 3. Bev's Floral- Win a beautiful bouquet. (Four will be raffled off) 4. Great Northern Distilling Company- Win a distillery tour (includes a drink for each) and a Great Northern bottle of your choice 5. The Grand Theater- Win 2 tickets to "An Evening with Branford Marsalis" April 10, 2019 6. Joan North Designs- Win "Lucky Stars"- a 24 inch twisted satin cord holding a "graveyard paint agate" and sterling pendant. 7. Lee Ayers Jewelers- Win a $100 gift certificate in EACH "Top Hat" raffle bucket. 8. Florentine Opera Company- Win 2 tickets to any opera of your choice this season. 9. Green Bay Packers- Win a football signed by the 2017 team. 10. Stevens Point Country Club- Win a pool and pizza party for next summer. 11. The Wall Street Journal Wine Club- Enjoy six Italian wines from the Wall Street Journal Wine Club 12. From the kitchen of Anna Gresch- Win a seat at a five course African Kitchen Safari Dinner. (up to 8 people) 13. Win 2 tickets to our February 24th "Friends & Favorites" concert or 2 tickets to the Central WI Jazz Ensemble Jan. 4 "Women Composers" concert.


Oct 17 - 2:58 pm
Do you have a bucket list? Our third candidate sure does, and one of the items on his bucket list is to conduct Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Will you help make this dream become a reality by voting for him? We'd like to introduce you to candidate # 3- Sean Caldwell. Sean Caldwell joined the NewsChannel 7 team in October 2012 as an anchor and producer for Sunrise 7. Since July 2017, he also serves as executive producer for the broadcast which was recently honored as the Best Morning Show-Small Market by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sean graduated magna cum laude from Five Towns College in New York with a degree in film. Before coming to Wausau, Sean worked as an anchor and reporter for KCWY News 13 in Casper, Wyoming. As a fan of the arts from a young age, Sean has always enjoyed performing whether in front of an audience or singing loudly in the car by himself. Though his job takes up a lot of his time, Sean has remained active with local theatre groups appearing in productions including 1776, Little Shop of Horrors and Beauty and the Beast. While he always enjoys singing with an orchestra, he admits he doesn't know much about time signatures, dynamics or chord progressions. Still, he's hopeful for the opportunity to learn with the musicians of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Sean lives in Wausau with his wife Kate and their cockapoo puppy Franklin Shepard. You can purchase a vote for Sean here (enter his name in the dedication name) https://cwso.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n61000007fvKKAAY