Longtime maestro says goodbye to CWSO

Metro Wire Staff

The CWSO closes its 70th season Legends & Legacies on April 13 and 14 with the special program, “Maestro’s Farewell.”

Dr. Patrick Miles, conductor of the CWSO, will conduct his final concert with the orchestra after serving as the music director for 17 years.

The orchestra will commemorate Miles’ time as music director by performing works by two of his favorite composers, Ludwig van Beethoven and Gustav Mahler. The concert will open with “Overture to Prometheus” by Ludwig van Beethoven, from his only ballet The Creatures of Prometheus—a piece that reflects exciting stories drawn from figures of Greek mythology told in the ballet.

Following the overture, the orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler’s “Adagietto” from Symphony No. 5, featuring rich musical colors and abstract harmonies. Also featured will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnole”, a piece rich with traditional Spanish folk music.

The concert will conclude with “Symphony No. 1″ by Johannes Brahms, honoring Beethoven’s legacy in four movements, which took nearly twenty years to complete from start to finish.

In choosing these works for his final concert with the CWSO, Miles said the pieces, “embody everything I love about orchestral music; wonderful solos, lush string writing, and powerful brass. Those are all things that shaped my career as a hornist and conductor.”

The concerts will take place at Sentry Theater, 1800 Northpoint Dr. in Stevens Point. Performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are available online at cwso.org/tickets, the CWSO office, located in the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum, 800 Main St., or at the door. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the CWSO office at (715) 345-7726.

The CWSO works to enrich, engage, and educate through the power and performance of live music. The season is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Maestro’s Farewell” is being sponsored by Delta Dental, Wisconsin Public Radio, Perspektive Media, and WSAW.

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