Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra kicks of 73rd season in Wausau

Metro Wire Staff

The CWSO debuts their 73rd season of “Musically Reimagined” on Sept. 18 in Wausau.

The full orchestra concert of all-time favorite movie themes will be performed under the direction of Dr. Andres Moran and feature singers Laura Lydia Paruzynski and Ian Garthwaite. Steven Bjella will be the featured violin soloist performing his last concert as the CWSO concertmaster after decades in the position.

The concert opens with a medley of pieces including “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “As Time Goes By,” and “A Day in the Life of a Fool.”

Then, the CWSO will play selections from Rogers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” Next, the CWSO will play “Ashokan Farewell,” a piece that comes from the PBS series The Civil War (1990) which was originally written as a goodnight waltz at the annual Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps.

Next, the CWSO will showcase “Christmas at the Movies” including excerpts from such beloved films as “Home Alone,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Polar Express,” “A Christmas Story,” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

The CWSO rounds out the first half of the program with the iconic tune “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.

After a brief intermission, the CWSO continues with selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

Disney’s “Let It Go” from Frozen will be next on the program.

Next on the program are three pieces from Schindler’s List composed by John Williams. The program finishes with a medley of John Williams’ music from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

The concert is free and open to the public but donations are encouraged.

The show takes place at the 400 Block Stage at 401 N 3rd St in Wausau on Saturday, Sept. 18. The performance starts at 2 p.m.

For more information about the CWSO, call 715-345-7726 or visit cwso.org.