The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra will continue its 69th season on December 2 and 3 with “Home for the Holidays.”
Under the direction of Dr. Patrick Miles, the CWSO welcomes Stevens Point native Danny Mitchell home from Nashville to present a program of holiday favorites with his own fresh arrangements of popular tunes.
“Coming home is a gift,” said Mitchell, when asked what it means to come home. “It’s a refuge, be it a brick and mortar dwelling or a gathering of close friends.”
Mitchell, a composer, arranger, and performer is based in Nashville, and is currently on break from touring with country superstar Miranda Lambert. The concerts will open with a gift from film composer Charlie Barnett.
“Christmas Day: Stevens Point, Wisconsin” was premiered by the orchestra in December 2014 when Barnett and his band Chaise Lounge performed with the CWSO.
Also featured on the program is the 2017 winner of the Betty Frost Jenkins Young Artist Concerto Competition, Roshini Traynor, a violinist, will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.”
Traynor, 17, has been studying violin since the age of four and viola since age eight.
The concerts will take place at the Sentry’s Theater, 1800 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point. Saturday’s performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 4:00 p.m. Entertainment at intermission will feature “Tuba Christmas” under the direction of Dr. Patrick Lawrence.
Tickets are available on-line at cwso.org/tickets, the CWSO office, located in the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum, 800 Main Street, or at the door. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the CWSO office: 715-345-7726.
The CWSO, whose mission is to “enrich, engage, and educate through the power and performance of live music,” is affiliated with the College of Fine Art and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the City of Stevens Point. The CWSO season is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Home for the Holidays” concerts are generously sponsored by Heartland Farms, Inc. Wisconsin Public Radio is proud to be this season’s media sponsor.