Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

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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.  The WCO performs approximately 25 concerts per year, including Concerts on the Square®, Masterworks, Holiday Pops, Handel's Messiah, Youth Concerts, and other performances across the state.  With a core orchestra of 34 musicians, an established $10 million endowment, and a permanent home in Overture Center for the Arts magnificent Capitol Theater, WCO is one of the finest chamber orchestras in the country.
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra¿s mission is to provide programs of the highest artistic quality for its audiences.  WCO performances should entertain, inform and enrich the quality of life in diverse local and regional audiences. 
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1960 by Gordon B. Wright as the Madison Summer Symphony Orchestra. After an initial summer concert series at the Eastside Businessmen¿s Association, the Orchestra established a summer series at Madison¿s Edgewood College, where it remained for 10 years. Generally, the orchestra performed a four-concert series on Sunday evenings in July.
In 1969, Gordon Wright was engaged by the University of Alaska, and David Crosby, then an apprentice of Maestro Otto-Werner Mueller, was engaged as music director and conductor. In 1974, the Orchestra began to play during other seasons of the year and changed its name to Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. In 1980, the WCO established a full subscription season of indoor concerts featuring guest artists and ensembles.
In the winter of 1983, local businesswoman Pleasant Rowland saw an opportunity to increase accessibility to the arts and to create a sense of community, while utilizing the beautiful Capitol lawn as a gathering place. After receiving start-up funds from The Evjue Foundation and The Norman Bassett Foundation, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra launched its first season of Concerts on the Square® in the summer of 1984.  The Concerts on the Square® series annually draws 120,000 people to the State Capitol Concourse for a summer of ¿donation-supported¿ music, picnicking and community gathering.
To date, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has produced three CDs: Get Close to the Music; Momentum; and Mozart: The Early Concerti, recorded in the Capitol Theater at Overture Center for the Arts with pianist Adam Neiman.
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