The brand new Waupaca Area Orchestra (WAO could be pronounced WOW!) will have its debut performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Gerold Opera House in Weyauwega.
This is a phenomenal first for the Waupaca area, and in my opinion deserves full-house, standing-room-only support of music lovers from all our surrounding communities, and certainly from the Waupaca community.
When did any of us ever expect to be able to hear a live professional orchestra in a crowd-pleasing program in an historical setting for $10 to $15, with local area musicians finally having their own orchestra to perform with!
I know that “Joseph and his Amazing Technocolor Dreamcoat” is going on at the same time at Waupaca High School, but those of us who support both could see the “Dream Coat” performance at an earlier time.
The new orchestra’s stated mission is “to include local talent, and provide educational outreach for the K-12 students in the Waupaca area.”
The driving force behind this endeavor, Waupaca violinist Emily Sipiorski, says it has been her long-term goal to have “a regional orchestra that includes professional musicians, community members and most importantly students of all ages.”
I find it exciting that this young musician has garnered the energy, determination and support to make this first concert happen; I hope the community will rally round and make their future success a reality.