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Classical music news: Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) perform this Saturday and Sunday; see Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic Live in HD in an all-Tchaikovsky program on Sunday

March 12, 2011
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A REMINDER: SUNDAY AT 4 P.M., THE SECOND OF THREE LIVE BROADCASTS OF THE LA PHIL LIVE IN HD WITH SENSATIONAL CONDUCTOR GUSTAVO DUDAMEL WILL BE BROADCAST IN AN ALL-TCHAIKOVSKY PROGRAM AT THE POINT AND EASTGATE CINEMAS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT http://LAPhil.com/LAphilLIVE or http://www.marcustheatres.com/

By Jacob Stockinger

Earlier this year, I announced that this year my blog would be dedicated to music education, which is already in dire need of support and will need even more support if Gov. Scott Walker’s budget passes and the Republicans in Congress successfully defund – read, gut – NPR and PBS.

Next week, the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Bolz Concerto Competition winners and their live and broadcast concert – the Final Forte — will be spotlighted.

But today it is the turn of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, which have trained thousands of young musicians since its beginning some 45 years ago.

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, mark the annual Winterfest performances and fundraisers.

Here is the official WYSO press release:

The weekend of March 12 and 13, 2011, more than 300 talented young musicians will enliven the Wisconsin winter with beautiful performances of both classical and contemporary works.

On Saturday, March 12 at 11:30 a.m., WYSO’s Harp Ensemble will provide a soothing prelude to a performance by Sinfonietta, WYSO’s string orchestra. Sinfonietta (below) will play selections including Dvorak’s “Bagatelle” and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”


At 1:30 p.m., the Percussion Ensemble (below), led by Vicki Peterson Jenks in her 30th year with WYSO, will perform “Waterfall,” arranged and conducted by WYSO member Jacob Bicknase. Concert Orchestra will follow, performing an arrangement of Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours” from “La Gioconda,” Dukas’s Themes from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and Washburn’s Clarkson Centennial Overture.

At 4 p.m., the Philharmonia Orchestra will present some of their most complex and challenging repertoire of the year, including the Finale of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, and Herold’s Zampa Overture. The orchestra will even be accompanied by the sound of sea creatures during Hovhaness’s “And God Created Great Whales.”

On Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m., WYSO’s premier performing group, Youth Orchestra, will perform Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain,” Walton’s “A Shakespeare Suite: Richard III” and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1.

All of the Winterfest Concerts are presented in memory of Patricia Blankenburg, an incredible supporter of the arts and longtime WYSO board member, who passed away in December 2010.

The Winterfest Concerts are also presented in partnership with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, and guests are encouraged to bring 2 nonperishable food items to the concerts. Collection bins will be provided in the lobby.

The Winterfest Concerts will be held in Mills Concert Hall in the UW Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison.  WYSO concerts are generally about an hour to an hour and a half in length, providing a great orchestral concert opportunity for families.

Tickets are available at the door: $8 for adults and $5 for children under 18 years of age.

WYSO was founded in 1966 and has served nearly 5,000 young musicians from more than 100 communities in southern Wisconsin.

For more information, contact: http://wyso.music.wisc.edu/


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