July 6, 2023 — 7:00 PM
King Street corner of the Capitol Square
Madison, Wisconsin


Join us on July 6 for an unforgettable night. Revel in the WCO’s annual celebration of Independence Day with familiar favorites including The Stars and Stripes Forever and the Armed Forces Salute. Virtuoso trombonist Joël Vaïsse joins the WCO for Contrastes, a concerto requiring world-class technique written specifically for Joël himself. All that, plus the winner of the WCO’s Young Artist Concerto Competition shows there are musical stars living just next door.

*Please note that loud booms will be used during the 1812 Overture*

Guest soloists: Joël Vaïsse, trombone & Clark Snavely, violin

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About Joël Vaïsse, trombone

JOËL VAÏSSE is well known to orchestras and audiences as one of the leading trombone players of our times. Principal Trombone of the Florida Orchestra under Michael Francis since November 2017, Joël was previously Principal Trombone of all the major French orchestras (Orchestre National de France from April 1999 to July 2013 under Daniele Gatti, Kurt Masur and Charles Dutoit; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Marek Janowski; Orchestre de Paris under Christoph von Dohnanyi and Frans Brüggen; Orchestre National de Lyon under Emmanuel Krivine and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under Michel Plasson). Learn more.

About YACC winner, Clark Snavely, violin

Clark Snavely, age 17, is from New Berlin, Wisconsin. He made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 13 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has subsequently gone on to perform solos with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Festival City Symphony, and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestras. In 2022 Clark was awarded the Steenock Youth Music Award in the Madison Symphony’s Bolz Young Artist Competition, and his solo performance with the MSO was broadcast live by PBS-Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio. Learn more.


SMITH | Star Spangled Banner
PROKOFIEV | Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, mvmt. 1
CAENS | Contrastes
MORRICONE (arr. Mancini) | “Deborah’s Theme” from Once Upon A Time in America
LOWDEN | Armed Forces Salute
TCHAIKOVSKY | 1812 Overture

*program subject to change

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