A Christmas Experience for Ages 8 to 80! The Arts Council of South Wood County is thrilled to be the only presenter in Central Wisconsin to offer The Wizards of Winter as its 2019 holiday show, on Thursday, December 12, at 7:30 pm, at the Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids. Originally formed in the winter of 2009 as a way to give back to the band’s hometown community food pantry that was in dire need of assistance, this performance has turned into a musical force that crosses the nation each year. The quality of their original music, combined with its message, has attracted world-class talent from groups like The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Irish Tenors, Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, Alice Cooper Band, and Broadway, who now join them on stage. The band’s annual Holiday Rock Opera has become a part of family tradition for audiences ranging in age from 8 to 80. The performance showcases soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, outstanding guitar leads, powerful percussion, and stunning keyboard work. Co-founder Scott Kelly says, “We take the audience on a musical journey inside a snow globe aboard a metaphysical vehicle, the Arctic Flyer.” As a gift to patrons, the Arts Council is underwriting a large portion of the expense from its endowment fund earnings to provide a more affordable family experience, bringing ticket prices down to $34 (plus tax). Tickets may be ordered online 24/7 at www.SavorTheArts.org; by phone during business hours (10-2:30 Monday – Thursday) at 715.424.2787; or by visiting the Arts Council office at 1040 8th Street South, Suite 101, Wisconsin Rapids. To check out this amazing show, visit www.thewizardsofwinter.com.