Ballweg Winterfest Concert Series

WYSO will present its second concert series of the season, the Diane Endres Ballweg Winterfest Concert Series, on Sunday, March 15 and Saturday, March 28. More than 350 young musicians will display their great talents to the community during the three concerts.

WYSO’s string orchestra, Sinfonietta, will kick off the concert series at 1:30pm on Sunday, March 15 with Fanfare and Frippery by Richard Stephan, Britten’s The Saly Gardens, Twilight Ceremonial by William Hofeldt, Variations on a Well-Known Sea Chanty by Richard Stephen, Dvorak’s Themes from The New World Symphony, and Hebrides Suite by Clare Grundman. Concert Orchestra will then take over with Rimksy Korsakov’s Danse of the Tumblers, Hofeldt’s Song of the Prairie, Dances with Wolves by John Barry, Yorkshire Ballad by James Barnes and finally The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by harry Gregson Williams and Steve Barton.

At 4:00pm on Sunday, March 15, the popular Harp Ensemble will perform before the Philharmonia Orchestra closes out the day with Schubert’s Military March, Danzon No. 2 by Marquez, Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Excerpts from Carmen Suite No. 1 from Bizet, and finally Overture from the Magic Flute by Mozart. The Overture from the Magic Flute will be conducted by Libby Bestul who won that opportunity at last year’s Art of Note Gala.

At 1:30pm on Saturday, March 28 the Youth Orchestra will perfrom Walter Piston’s Suite from the Incredible Flutist and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony (No. 8) Mvt. 1 & 2. The Youth Orchestra will then perform two concerto’s featuring the winners of the 2014-2015 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Trumpeter Noah Mennenga will be featured in Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto. Pianist Theodore Liu will be featured in the Third Piano Concerto Mvt. 3 by Beethoven.

The Diane Endres Ballweg Winterfest Concert Series will be held in Mills Concert Hall in the UW Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison. WYSO concerts are generally about an hour and a half in length, providing a great orchestral concert opportunity for families. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for youth18 and under.

This project is supported by Dane Arts with additional funds from Diane Endres Ballweg. This project is also supported by the Webcrafters-Frautschi Foundation Inc. and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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