2008-2009 Season Calendar

October 18 Special Event: Wine Opus Becket's, City Center
October 25 Gala Premiere Grand Opera House
December 14 A Glorious Holiday Festival Alberta Kimball Auditorium
January 24 A Romantic Rendezvous Grand Opera House
March 28 Jazz! Grand Opera House
May 9 Season Finale: Drama! Joy! Grand Opera House

Special Event: Wine Opus 2008

October 18, 2008  |  7:30 pm  |  Becket's

Wine Opus 2008

Get acquainted with our new conductor, Jeff Meyer, at this festive event. Hand-selected wines set the mood for this annual favorite. Wine experts from McKnight & Carlson will be on hand to answer questions and give tips. Live and silent auctions and Becket's tantalizing wine taster's menu top off this exciting evening. Tickets to Tasting and Dinner are $75 each, Pre-Tasting Premiere Event tickets are an additional $25 each. Please contact the Water City Chamber Orchestra office for tickets.

  • Pre-Tasting Premiere Event:
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Wine Opus Tasting and Dinner:
    6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Gala Premiere

October 25, 2008  |  7:30 pm  |  Grand Opera House

Brooke Joyce - Composer in Residence

Celebrate the inaugural concert of the Water City Chamber Orchestra with a World Premiere work written for the Water City Chamber Orchestra by our Composer-in-Residence, Brooke Joyce. Enjoy observing the projected images of wonderful paintings by Botticelli while listening to Respighi's equally beautiful music. Go home dancing to tunes from Beethoven's popular "dance symphony."

  • Brooke Joyce: New Work (World Premiere)
  • Ottorino Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures), P.151
  • Beethoven: Symphony No.7, op.92, A major

A Glorious Holiday Festival

December 14, 2008  |  3:00 pm  |  Alberta Kimball Auditorium

Herb Berendsen - Guest Conductor
Guest Conductor

Brighten your holiday spirit with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker music performed by Oshkosh's outstanding Youth Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy a glorious presentation of Rutter's Gloria, performed by accomplished area high school choirs, guest conductors, and invited out-of-town guests. Hear once again the full Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra sounding forth joyous holiday music at Alberta Kimball Auditorium!


A Romantic Rendevous

January 24, 2009  |  7:30 pm  |  Grand Opera House

The Hebrides

Travel to Scotland's Hebrides via Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave Overture. Then bask in the romantic sound of Wagner pouring out his passion for his beloved Cosima! Afterward, enjoy being serenaded by the warm sounds of Brahms' beautiful orchestral music. Bring a date!

  • Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, op.26 (Fingal's Cave)
  • Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll, WWV 103
  • Johannes Brahms: Serenade No.1, op.11, D major


March 28, 2009  |  7:30 pm  |  Grand Opera House

Janet Planet - Guest Artist
Guest Artist
John Harmon - Guest Artist
Guest Artist

Featuring the incomparable, world-class jazz artists, Janet Planet and John Harmon. Enjoy hearing these dynamic performers in an intimate space, as well as experiencing Mihlaud's music inspired by the dance halls and theaters of Harlem in the 1920's, Copeland's music written for the movies from the 1930's and 1940's and a brand new World Premiere, a jazz-inspired work by our composer Brooke Joyce.

  • Janet Planet and John Harmon selections
  • Aaron Copland: Music for Movies (1943)
  • Brooke Joyce: New Work (World Premiere)
  • Darius Milhaud: La creation du monde, op. 81 (The Creation of the World)

Season Finale: Drama! Joy!

May 9, 2009  |  7:30 pm  |  Grand Opera House

Eli Kalman - Guest Artist
Guest Artist

Join the WCCO as we move from the dramatic story of the Spaniard Florestan wrongfully imprisoned by his enemy Don Pizarro and Puccini's tragically sorrowful "I Crisantemi" to Mendelssohn's uplifting and joyous "Italian Symphony". As expected, this season closer is full of sparkling energy from the virtuoso hands of guest pianist Eli Kalman to the last notes of the Italian Symphony. "Bravo!" "Viva WCCO!"

  • Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3, op.72b
  • Giacomo Puccini: I crisantemi (The Chrysanthemums)
  • Brooke Joyce: Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra - Guest artist, Eli Kalman
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4, op.90, A major (Italian)