WYSO Wows with a Wondrous Performance

Charter member Nancy Goeres returns with a Pittsburgh colleague   TheWisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra is no “hidden gem” in Madison’s musical scene; after all, the organization is in its 53rd season. Starting with a single ensemble, “WYSO” now incorporates three orchestras, three smaller ensembles and Music Makers. The oldest group is the Youth Orchestra, and… Continue reading WYSO Wows with a Wondrous Performance

Some Mighty Winds Mark a Decade of Powerful Performances

Winds of Wisconsin, the high school ensemble that performs at UW-Madison, turns 10 years old this weekend It would be almost impossible not to be overshadowed by the staggering achievement of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras 50th anniversary last month; then again, the Winds of Wisconsin (WOW) has always been overshadowed by that marvelous institution.… Continue reading Some Mighty Winds Mark a Decade of Powerful Performances

The Festive Fruits of Fifty Years

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (and ensembles) put on an unforgettable celebration   It has been almost exactly forty-eight hours since the last note of a truly unique arrangement of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” hung in the air in Overture Hall last Saturday night—and I still don’t know how to even begin to describe the… Continue reading The Festive Fruits of Fifty Years