CWSO launches 74th season with ‘Destinations’

Metro Wire Staff

The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 74th season, entitled “Destinations.”

With performances at various venues across Central Wisconsin including Sentry Theatre in Stevens Point and Woodlands Church in Plover, CWSO Music Director Andres Moran said he was “ecstatic to bring live music back to central Wisconsin and continue to inspire audiences with their dedication to their craft.”

The CWSO will perform its annual “Holidays with the CWSO” concert at Woodlands Church, 190 Hoover Ave. in Plover, on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature 120 vocalists from Monteverdi Chorale and Wausau Lyric Choir and orchestra presenting “The Messiah” by George Frideric Handel.

“The Messiah” is one of the most performed works in the history of classical music, according to a news release from CWSO. It celebrates the meaning of the holiday season and “allows us to come together to enjoy Handel’s masterwork as a community.”

The CWSO will be joined by four accomplished soloists: Susan Bender (soprano), Chelsea Betz (alto), Dennis Wilhoit (tenor), and Samuel Handley (bass).

Monteverdi Chorale, founded in 1986, is based in Stevens Point and aims to serve the entire Central Wisconsin community. Singers hail from Portage, Wood, Marathon, Waupaca, and Waushara counties. Monteverdi is pleased to welcome our newest Artistic Director this season, Matheus Cruz.

The Wausau Lyric Choir is an ecumenical community choir dedicated to excellence in the performance of choral music. The audition-only choir was founded in 1972 and has performed throughout Wisconsin as well as nationally and internationally.

Tickets for the 2022-23 season are available online at cwso.org/tickets, at the CWSO office, located inside the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum, 800 Main St., or at the door of each performance. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the CWSO office at 715-345-7726.

The CWSO’s mission is to enrich, engage, and educate through the power and performance of live music. The regional orchestra is celebrating 74 years at the heart of the vibrant arts and cultural life of Central Wisconsin. The CWSO offices are in the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum at 800 Main Street.

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