WYSO Steenbock Fall Concerts an Astounding Success

This past weekend WYSO launched its first concert series of the year with great success. The Steenbock Fall concert series honors music teachers in the state of Wisconsin, a large portion of which honored WYSO with their presence this weekend. The concert series kicked off with Sinfonietta performing a variety of pieces, the highlight of which was an emotional Lincoln at Gettysburg which featured NBC 15’s John Stofflet as the narrator. Concert Orchestra performed a wide array of wonderful pieces by Isaac, Erickson, Bernstein, and Smith which captured the dynamic skill of that group. The percussion ensemble as usual was exceptional in their delivery of their two pieces Sleepless and Prelude to Paradise. Philharmonia Orchestra presented an academic concert with works from Berlioz, Handel, Prokofiev, and Beethoven. Their finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor wowed the audience so much so that patrons who were walking by were coming in to the concert to hear one of the most famous pieces in all of classical music. On Sunday the Harp Ensemble showed the finesse and delicacy of their musicianship when they performed three Mendelssohn arrangements of Spinning Song, Nocturne, and On Wings of Song. The concert series was brought to a close by our Youth Orchestra who did a riveting performance of Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, in G Major, op. 88. The entire weekend was truly a moving and inspirational musical celebration.

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