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The combination of Andrew Sewell’s programming and violinist Beilman’s playing results in an unforgettable night
Author: Greg Hettmansberger, Madison Magazine
Published On: Oct 05 2015 12:00:00 AM CDT
When we talk about the “three Bs” in music it usually refers to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. As Andrew Sewell opens his fifteenth season as music director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, we know better than that he would program so conservatively. No, the opening of the WCO season Friday night at the Overture Center’s Capitol Theatre was, as Maestro Sewell put it himself from the stage, a mix of the “unfamiliar, less familiar and very familiar.” But the performance can be said to have added up to “three Bs”: buoyant, brilliant and beautiful. Click here to read more.
by John W. Barker, Isthmus
The first half brought us two novelties. Beyond loyalty to his native New Zealand, conductor Andrew Sewell has rightly been bringing us music of his compatriots. None is more deserving of this than Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001), whose music is too little known in the U.S. His contribution was a score for strings, as paired with a poem, Landfall in Unknown Seas, by Allen Curnow. The two were commissioned to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Abel Tasman’s discovery in 1642 of what became New Zealand and Tasmania. Click here to read more
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra conductor Andrew Sewell on conducting “Landfall in Unknown Seas” by Sandy Tabachnick, Isthumus
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and conductor Andrew Sewell have a tantalizing program in store for the opening Masterworks concert, Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. The featured works, Douglas Lilburn’s “Landfall in Unknown Seas,” Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 2 in A minor and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major – with guest star Ben Beilman — cover a generous span of music history from classical to modern. Click here to read more.
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra has named two Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra members as finalists for concertmaster. Eleanor Bartsch and Timothy Kamps will each take a concert in the Symphony's fall schedule, and will also work with students in area schools as part of their outreach efforts. Eleanor and Tim are fine examples of the level of excellence our Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra musicians exhibit. Best of luck to both! Click here to read more.
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra violinist, Eleanor Bartsch plays for the elephants at Circus World in Baraboo. Her video received over 1 million views and counting! It was also picked up by Good Morning America, the New York Daily Mail, and many outlets throughout the world. Way to go Eleanor! If you want to see the clip on Good Morning America, go to our Facebook page at facebook.com/WisconsinChamberOrchestra.
WATCH: Elephants Dancing to Violin
If you can sing and want to perform with us at our three Messiah concerts, now's your chance!
When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 and Sunday, October 12, 2014
Where: First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI 53703
Contact: email@example.com (include name & phone number)
Rehearsals: Wednesday evenings at 7pm starting October 29, 2014
Performances: December 11 at A.l. Ringling Theater, Baraboo; December 12 at Blackhawk Church, Middleton; December 13, Stoughton Opera House.
The Board of Directors of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (WCO) today announced the appointment of Mark Cantrell as the Orchestra’s next Executive Director. Cantrell is currently Executive Director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in Boston, Mass. He will begin with the WCO on September 1.
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is pleased to announce the renewal of Maestro Andrew Sewell’s contract for another five year term. Maestro Sewell was appointed music director on February 1, 2000, and since then has grown the orchestra’s repertoire, profile and stature in the Madison community and around the state.