MADISON, WI, JUNE 10, 2013 - The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is pleased to announce the renewal of Maestro Andrew Sewell’s contract for another five year term. Maestro Sewell was appointed music director on February 1, 2000, and since then has grown the orchestra’s repertoire, profile and stature in the Madison community and around the state.

“I am delighted to continue my work here in Madison, my home, and am excited for what the next five years will bring” says Sewell. “I feel privileged to live in a community that embraces the arts, and the opportunity to work with such extraordinary musicians. I am pleased with what we’ve been able to accomplish, with exciting guest artists and expanding repertoire, and look forward to performing many more seasons of beautiful music.”

Doug Gerhart, executive director of the orchestra remarks “Andrew’s impressive artistic leadership has placed the WCO solidly among the top chamber orchestras in the United States. He has an uncanny ability to create widely popular programs that link timeless masterpieces with contemporary, fresh compositions.” Gordon Ridley, chair of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra board of directors adds “Maestro Sewell has a knack of finding and bringing in extraordinary talent that we then see rise to new heights in the orchestral world. We are very lucky to have him in Madison, Wisconsin.”

Sewell is a sought after guest conductor, with recent guest engagements including the Illinois Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra, OK Mozart Festival and Peninsula Music Festival. In June 2012 he made his opera debut with Hong Kong City Opera, and last November conducted the UW–Madison opera production of Medea by Cherubini.

Entering its 54th year, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Sewell, is a vibrant and thriving professional orchestra dedicated to connecting its audiences to the power of music. Annually, the WCO performs a five-concert Masterworks series in its permanent home at the Overture Center for the Arts magnificent Capitol Theater, two Holiday Pops, Messiah and Youth Concerts, and Madison’s premier six-concert outdoor summer event, Concerts on the Square®, celebrating its 30th year this summer. With a core orchestra of 34 musicians and an established endowment, WCO is one of the finest chamber orchestras in the country. For more information, visit

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