The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce two opportunities to experience professional big band jazz music in Central Wisconsin.

The Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble will present “East Meets West,” a concert dedicated to jazz composers from the east and west coasts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 5 in the James F. Veninga Theater at the UW-Marathon County Center for Civic Engagement and Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Michelsen Hall at the Noel Fine Arts Center, UW-Stevens Point.

“These performances will highlight the unique qualities of jazz greats from both ends of the country, including Bill Holman, Shorty Rogers, Mary Paich, Stan Kenton, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on the west coast, and Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Maria Schneider, Ted Nash, and Duke Ellington from the east,” said band leader Brad Turney.

The CWJE is a professional 16-piece big band comprising the best performers in Central and Northern Wisconsin, presenting three concerts per season, and featuring big band music, newly-composed works, and outstanding guest artists. The CWJE is managed by the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra with support from the College of Fine Arts and Communication at UW-Stevens Point. Additional support is from Wisconsin Public Radio, the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $25 pre-concert or $30 at the door with student pricing at $7 pre-concert and $10 at the door. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit, or call the CWSO office at 715-345-7726.