Steenbock Fall Concerts

WYSO will present their first concert series of their 50th Anniversary Season, the Evelyn Steenbock Fall Concerts, on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. Nearly 400 young musicians will display their great talents to the community during the three concerts, which are dedicated to private and school music teachers.

WYSO’s Percussion Ensemble, led by director Vicki Jenks will kick off the concert series at 1:30 pm on Saturday. Immediately following the Percussion Ensemble, Philharmonia Orchestra and their conductor Michelle Kaebisch, will take the stage and perform Khatchaturian’s Masquerade Suite, Reigger’s Rhythmic Dances, Light Calvary Overture by Von Suppe, and Stravinsky’s Berceuse and Finale from the Firebird Suite.

At 4:00pm on Saturday, the Concert Orchestra under the direction of conductor Christine Eckel will perform The Quest by Kerr, Romany Dances by DelBorgo, and Slane by Douglas Wagner. Concert Orchestra will also perform two works by John Williams in Star Wars: Episode 2 Attack of the Clones, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 which Williams co-composed alongside Alexandre Desplat. Following Concert Orchestra, WYSO’s string orchestra, Sinfonietta will take the stage. Their conductor Mark Leiser will lead them in performing seven works including the Adagio from Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninoff, Silva’s The Evil Eye and the Hideous Heart, MacDowell’s Alla Tarantella, Shenandoah arranged by Erik Morales, Forever Joyful and Lullaby to the Moon by Balmages and Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba.

On Sunday, November 15 WYSO’s Harp Ensemble under the direction of Karen Atz will open the 1:30 pm concert. Following Harp Ensemble, the Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro James Smith, will perform three pieces for the afternoon. In honor of WYSO’s 50th Anniversary, WYSO welcomes back one of their illustrious Alumna, violist Vicki Powell. Vicki began her vibrant musical career studying with UW-Madison Faculty Eugene Purdue and Sally Chisholm. From there Ms. Powell graduated from the Julliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. She has performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber orchestra. For her full bio, please visit our website at Vicki, along with the Youth Orchestra will perform Bartok’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. Following that performance Youth Orchestra will continue the concert with Rainbow Body by Theofanidis and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9.

The Evelyn Steenbock Fall 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 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 the Evjue Foundation, Inc. charitable arm of The Capital Times. This project is also supported in part by 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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