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CWSO presents its 71st season, ‘CommUNITY’

By Patrick Lynn

The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra has announced its 71st season, “CommUNITY.”

This season will feature Interim Music Director Dr. Andres Moran at the podium.

The season begins with a show titled “United Beginnings” on October 12 and 13, showcasing Dr. Molly Roseman, Professor of Piano at UW-Stevens Point, whose playing has been described in a press release from UWSP as “authoritative and artistic,” performing “Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16.”

Other works will include brassy fanfare—“Millenium Canons” by Puts, and “Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43” by Sibelius.

On December 7 and 8, “Holidays with the CWSO: Family Festivities,” will include a screening of the Academy Award-nominated short animated film, “The Snowman,” accompanied by the CWSO playing the live soundtrack composed by Howard Blake.

The second half of the program will feature Désirée Wattelet, soprano, singing favorite holiday pops.

On February 22 and 23, 2020, “Voyages and Variations,” the CWSO will perform the Wisconsin premiere of “Transcend,” by Tian Zhou, a piece commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. The concert will also include Mendelssohn’s “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage,” and Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”

The season will close with the program “Ode to Unity” on April 18 and 19. CWSO will partner with the Monteverdi Chorale and Wausau Lyric Choir to perform Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 in D Major, Op. 125.”

In addition, the CWSO will compile all of the central Wisconsin community photos collected throughout the season and project them on a large screen while performing Jennifer Higdon’s “blue cathedral.”

This year the CWSO will be offering a pre-concert discussion with conductor Andy Moran from 6:30-7 p.m. in the Sentry Theater prior to each performance.

Renewals for season subscriptions are open now until September 1; afterward, tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the CWSO Office, 800 Main St., at (715) 345-7726, or go to cwso.org.