Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra Presents “Grand Opening”

Buechner_little_pianoIn a stunning program showcasing the new Yamaha concert grand piano, the CWSO welcomes the 67th season on October 10th and 11th.
Celebrated pianist and Mozart scholar Sara Davis Buechner performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. “Buechner’s performance…with its soft contours and liquid, legato phrasing…had a beauty that might have taken even Mozart’s breath away” (Washington Post). Under the direction of Dr. Patrick Miles, the concerts open with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, one of the most frequently performed orchestral compositions by a 20th century composer.

Rounding out the program is Claude Debussy’s La Mer, which established the composer’s reputation as an Impressionist and remains one of his most loved and performed orchestral works. The concerts are generously sponsored by Associated Bank, the Mead Witter Foundation, and Sentry Insurance. Ms. Buechner’s performance is made possible by a generous legacy gift from the family of Anita Andrae Wray, longtime pianist with the CWSO (formerly the Central State Symphony Orchestra and the Stevens Point Symphony Orchestra). Mrs. Wray was an enthusiastic supporter and concert attendee of the CWSO until her death at the age of 96 in September 2012. The gift in her honor also supports the outreach activities of Ms. Buechner including a master class on Friday, October 9th scheduled from 3:-4:30 p.m. in Michelsen Hall of the Noel Fine Arts Center on the campus of UW-Stevens Point. The master class is free and open to the public.

Sara Davis Buechner enjoys a vibrant international performance and recording career as a musician of “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “fascinating and astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music”(Washington Post).

With an active repertoire of over 100 piano concertos, she has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras: New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Vancouver, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Birmingham (U.K.), BBC Philharmonic, Kuopio (Finland), Slovak Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain).

The New York Times greeted CD of piano music by Rudolf Friml as a “revelation,” and devoted the front page of its Sunday Arts & Leisure section to her 1997 world première recording of the Bach-Busoni “Goldberg” Variations. Ms. Buechner’s versatility extends to many premières of new music, and collaborations with film and dance projects. A former faculty member of New York University, she has presented lectures and masterclasses worldwide. Now a Canadian resident, Sara Davis Buechner is Associate Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia School in Vancouver. She is a principal classical music consultant to Dover Publications, and plays the Yamaha Piano exclusively.

The concerts will take place in the Theater@1800 in the Sentry Complex, 1800 North Point Avenue, Stevens Point.

Concert tickets are $10 (students with I.D.), $20 (seniors 65+) and $25 (adults)

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. Wisconsin Public Radio is proud to be this season’s media sponsor.

For more information about the CWSO, call 715-345-2976.

Who: The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra Patrick Miles, Conductor
What: “Grand Opening” with guest Sara Davis Buechner, piano
When: Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 111 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Theater @1800, Stevens Point
Tickets: UWSP Info & Ticket Office:
1015 Reserve St., Stevens Point, WI
Also available at the door
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