Welcome to our 2014-2015 Season!


Throughout the past fifteen years as music director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, it has been my pleasure to introduce audiences to world-class artists. It is in this vein that I present the 2014-15 season — welcoming back these outstanding past soloists.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine opens the season with two rarities, Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5 and Britten’s Double Concerto with guest violist, Matthew Lipman. In true royal Barton Pine fashion, she has a third concerto up her sleeve, and will be performing Saint-Saëns’ exciting and breathtaking Introduction and Rondo capriccioso.

My good friend, Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, who delighted us in 2011, returns with two majestic concertos by Bach and Mendelssohn. We also have Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 2 and a delightful work by contemporary English composer Paul Lewis, appropriately entitled English Suite. The iridescent Shai Wosner is back by popular demand having stepped in at the last minute on two previous occasions, and captivating us with his bravura and stage presence. An amazing musician, he will present two piano concertos by Haydn — Nos. 4 & 11.

We celebrate Amit Peled’s third visit with two rarely performed cello concertos, unlocking the mystery and revelation of Schumann’s late work, his Cello Concerto in A minor, and an arrangement of Schubert’s famous Arpeggionne Sonata for Cello.

After his sensational opening last year, we had to have South African based pianist Bryan Wallick back in grand style ending with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. Included in this all-Beethoven program is the Leonore Overture No. 1, concluding with his mighty and sunny Symphony No. 7 in A major.

Please join us as we celebrate a spectacular season of musical talent from around the globe!


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Maestro Andrew Sewell