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Classical music news: Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announces 2010-11 season

March 14, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has announced its concert lineup for the 2010-11 indoor season.

The announcement came at a gala fundraiser last Saturday, March 6, 2010 in honor of the 10th anniversary of maestro Andrew Sewell (below) with the WCO. The evening included silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. A proclamation by Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz was read declaring March 6, 2010 as “Andrew Sewell Day” (for a full copy of the proclamation, go

“It was one of the best event ever and very successful,” said Sue Ellen Maguire, marketing director  of the WCO. Bidding was high especially for one item — a chance to conduct one song at the WCO’s popular Concerts on the Square, which will run this summer form June 30 through Aug. 4.

The WCO also unveiled its new logo (below):

This year’s schedule includes the critically acclaimed Masterworks series, Middleton Holiday Pops and Handel’s “Messiah.”

But the traditional Halloween concert has been scrapped to devote more resources to educational programming, according to the WCO public relations director..

For the 2010-11 season, the WCO presents a myriad of unique repertoire chosen by Music Director Andrew Sewell, performed by the very talented WCO musicians, featuring world-renowned guest artists.

These guest artists have performed with some of the finest orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. They have performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, St. Martin-in-the-Field, and Alice Tully Hall.

Here is the official announcement:


Masterworks I:  Friday, October 8, 2010, Alexander Sitkovetsky (below), violin, at 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center for the Arts. Program is Daugherty ‘s”Strut”; Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”; and Beethoven’s  Symphony No.  8.

Masterworks II: Friday, October 29, 2010. Local sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton (below), pianos; 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center for the Arts. Program is Michael Torke’s “Adjustable Wrench”; Schubert’s “Unfinished”  Symphony  No. 8; and Mendelssohn’s  Concerto for Two Pianos in E major.

Concert Sponsor:  The Grantham/Heinrichs Group at Merrill Lynch.

Middleton Holiday Pops and Silver Screen Christmas. Saturday, November 27, 2010, 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 28, 2010, 1 p.m. at Madison Marriott West. With Middleton High School Concert Choir. Concert highlights: Silvestri’s  Concert Suite from “The Polar Express”; Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”; Martin’s  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”; Rutter’s   “Gloria.”

Concert Sponsor:  Middleton Tourism Commission

Handel’s “Messiah.” December 10, 2010 at  7 p.m. in the Blackhawk Church.

Masterworks III: Friday, January 21, 2011, with Molly Barth (below), piccolo, and the Madison Ballet. 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center for the Arts. Program includes Resphigi’s  “Ancient Airs and Dances”:  Suite III; Vivaldi’s   Piccolo Concerto and “L’Eventail du Jeanne” (“Jeanne’s Fan”) with music by Ravel (Fanfare), Ferroud (Marche), Ibert (Valse), Roland-Manuel (Canarie), Delannoy  (Bourrée), Roussel (Sarabande), Milhaud (Polka), Poulenc (Pastourelle), Auric (Rondeau).

Concert Sponsor: Pleasant Rowland Foundation

Masterworks IV: Friday, March 4, 2011, With Time for Three String Trio (below). 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center for the Arts. Holst’s  “St. Paul’s Suite”; Higdon’s Concerto 4-3; Milhaud   “Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit”; and Meyer/Hedges   “The American Suite.”

Concert Sponsor:  Johnson Bank

Guest Artist Sponsor:  Alliant Energy Foundation

Masterworks V

Friday, April 8, 2011. With Anne Marie McDermott (below), piano. 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center for the Arts. Wuorinen’s  “Flying to Kahani”; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C, K. 491; and Beethoven’s  Symphony No. 7.

Concert Sponsor: Whyte Hirshboeck Dudek

Here is ticket information

  • Subscription Tickets are on sale now:  New Subscribers: Save 50%. Renewing Subscribers: Save 25% and get to keep their current seats, will be first to upgrade if they wish, first to order pre-concert dinners, and invitation to subscriber events. Order season tickets by May 31, 2010 and the WCO will waive the $7 subscription processing fee.
  • Single ticket prices for the Masterworks concerts have remained the same as last year with a range of $19-$62, with discounts for seniors, students and youth.
  • Middleton Holiday Pops – Madison Marriott West.  Reserved Theater Style seating:  Saturday Evening: $15 student/youth, $22 senior, $25 adult
  • Sunday Afternoon: $10 student/youth, $16 senior, $19 adult
  • Cabaret Tables (Seat 4) :  Saturday Evening (includes dessert & coffee) $150;   Sunday Afternoon (includes pastries & coffee) $120
  • Premier Tables (Seat 8):   Saturday Evening (includes dinner) $750;   Sunday Afternoon (includes brunch) $250
  • Handel’s Messiah – Blackhawk Church,  $30 General Admission

Before each Masterworks concert, patrons are invited to a gourmet dinner and a lively discussion of that evening’s concert.  Doors open to Overture Center’s Wisconsin Studio, with cash bar at 6 p.m., and dinner served buffet-style at 6:30 p.m.  At 7 p.m.  Maestro Andrew Sewell and the concert guest artist will enlighten you with insights into the upcoming concert repertoire.

Incentives for Early Subscribers: Order season tickets by May 31, 2010 and the WCO will waive the $7 subscription processing fee.

Subscription tickets are on sale now.  Call the WCO office to request a subscription guide and order form, or go to

Single tickets will be available at the Overture Center Box Office (608 258-4141) starting in September, 2010.

Do you have a message for maestro Andrew Sewell on his 10th anniversary in Madison?

What do you think of the new Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra season?

Of its programs?

Of its soloists?

The Ear wants to hear.

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