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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Nov 13 - 4:01 pm
Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra is looking forward to hosting Minnesota based a cappella group, Cantus, for our December 1 and 2 concerts. This stunning audio clip in which they perform "Somewhere" from West Side Story by Bernstein seems particularly fitting since we performed his "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story this October to celebrate the centennial of his birth. We hope you will join us for a holiday celebration with Cantus next month! http://audio.kultureshock.net/0001/20-acd40dbb1217a1bfcbcdbe8d1d9faa5a.mp3 Tickets are available here: https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005iBXrEAM
Nov 8 - 2:58 pm
Sail on over to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau tonight to hear CWSO co-principal cellist Lawrence Leviton perform for the Classical Thursday series. He'll be playing at 5:30 and 6:30 PM while the galleries are open extended hours for viewing. Photo by Peter Kleppin



Nov 1 - 2:03 pm
Fly on over to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau for Classical Thursdays! Tonight, CWSO violinist Randall Colton and cellist Amy Raddatz will be performing at 5:30 AND 6:30 pm. The galleries are open late to enjoy the Birds in Art Exhibition! Photo credit: Mike Vickers



Oct 25 - 11:14 am
Why are all these robins still hanging out in Wisconsin in late October? To hear Rochelle Pearson play viola tonight for Classical Thursdays at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau, of course! You can hear her, too, at 5:30 and 6:30 PM tonight while you explore the Birds in Art exhibition. All your friendly neighborhood robins would approve! (Photo credit: Ashley Bradford)



Oct 22 - 3:12 pm
We hope you are as excited as we are to celebrate the holiday season with Cantus on December 1 & 2! Purchase your tickets early because we will sell out quickly. Here is a link for tickets- https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005iBXrEAM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOdJuZOyb8o



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.


Nov 13 - 4:01 pm
Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra is looking forward to hosting Minnesota based a cappella group, Cantus, for our December 1 and 2 concerts. This stunning audio clip in which they perform "Somewhere" from West Side Story by Bernstein seems particularly fitting since we performed his "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story this October to celebrate the centennial of his birth. We hope you will join us for a holiday celebration with Cantus next month! http://audio.kultureshock.net/0001/20-acd40dbb1217a1bfcbcdbe8d1d9faa5a.mp3 Tickets are available here: https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005iBXrEAM