• Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program announces concert, competition winners

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    November 07, 2019

    The Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program (CWYSOP) will perform a concert Sunday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. at the Stevens Point Area Senior High School auditorium.


    The program’s Youth Symphony, Philharmonia and Percussion Ensemble will perform. Under direction of conductor Stephan Wucherer, the Philharmonia will perform Reinhold Gliére’s “Russian Sailor's Dance,” William Billings’ “Chester,” Morton Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, Mvt. 4, Finale.”


    The Youth Symphony, under the direction of Kurt Van Tiem, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Fervent is My Longing” and “Fugue in G minor (The Little),” Edward Elgar’s “Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85, Mvt. 1: Adagio” with a solo by Olivia Yang, Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, Mvt. 2, Allegretto” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers” from “The Snow Maiden.”


    The Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Brian Baldauff, assistant professor of percussion at UW-Stevens Point, will perform Jeffrey D. Grubbs’ “Fanfare for Percussion Quartet,” Evan Chapman’s “Second Thoughts” and Alex Stopa’s “Three Scenes from the Desert.”


    Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 3 p.m. Admission is $3 per person or $10 for families of four or more. Cash or checks to UWSP Continuing Education/CWYSOP will be accepted.


    The symphony also has announced winners of its annual Concerto Competition:


    ·         First place - Olivia Yang, a featured soloist in the November concert, is the daughter of Tom and Jenni Yang. She began studying cello at age 2. Her credits include 2019 Wisconsin State Honors Orchestra, honors recitals at the 2018 and 2019 American Suzuki Institutes, annual performances at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s Birds and Art Exhibit and being a prize winner in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Betty Frost Jenkins Young Artist Concerto Competition. An accomplished pianist, Yang has placed several times at the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA) Badger Auditions.

    ·         Second place - Maiah Hamre, the daughter of Seth and Andrea Hamre, has been studying music since age 4 and currently studies violin, voice and piano. She has been a frequent piano and violin accompanist for the SPASH choirs and performs at weddings and nursing homes. She has also won the WMTA state violin competition for middle school level and received an Honorable Mention in piano.

    ·         Honorable mention - Bánk Bodor, the son of Tamas Bodor and Orsolya Gosztony, also received Honorable Mention at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Stars of Tomorrow Competition in 2019 and participated in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) High School State Honors Music Project. He earned a place on the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival Wall of Fame and a 2015 Portage County Alliance for Youth Volunteer Award.


    CWYSOP is a nonprofit organization in partnership with UW-Stevens Point’s Continuing Education, Music Department and Aber Suzuki Center as well as Heid Music and music educators in central Wisconsin. Young musicians receive additional mentoring and faculty master classes from UW-Stevens Point’s Music Department and rehearse symphonic literature.


    For more information about CWYSOP, needs-based scholarships and registration, visit UWSP Continuing Education at: www.uwsp.edu/cwysop or call 715-346-3838.

    Pictured, from left, are CWYSOP Music Director Kurt Van Tiem, first place winner Olivia Yang, second place winner Maiah Hamre and honorable mention winner Bánk Bodor.