The Waupaca Area Orchestra’s next concert will feature the music of the “Three B’s.”
“For this concert, we wanted a theme, and we wanted to do classics,” said Emily Sipiorski, executive director of the recently formed orchestra.
She said Bach, Beethoven and Brahms are referred to as the “Three B’s” in classics, and it is the music of those three composers which the orchestra will perform.
The orchestra will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Gerold Opera House in downtown Weyauwega.
The first piece selected for the upcoming concert was Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.
“We worked around that for designing the program,” Sipiorski said.
Sipiorski, who teaches private violin lessons in Waupaca, will be joined by Steve Bjella in playing the Bach piece.
Bjella is a violin professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“He is a good friend,” she said. “He is also a former teacher from when I was there.”
In addition to playing the Bach piece with Sipiorski, Bjella will play Beethoven’s Romance in F.
The March 9 concert will also feature Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Brahms’ Haydn Variations.
Since holding its first concert last November, the Waupaca Area Orchestra has grown in size.
“We have additional local musicians,” Sipiorski said. “After the first concert, a lot of people came out of the woodwork and said, ‘I want to play.'”
The orchestra is drawing musicians from Waupaca, Weyauwega, Manawa and Iola.
“It was very refreshing,” she said of the interest since the first concert.
About 35 people will be playing, and David Cole will again be the conductor.
He teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he conducts the University Strings.
Members of the orchestra received their music about a month ago. They will begin rehearsing together on Monday, March 4.
Rehearsals will continue on Wednesday, March 6, and Friday, March 8, with the final rehearsal on the morning of the concert.
Sipiorski said there are also some talented area high school musicians playing in the orchestra.
Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Advance tickets are available online at wegaarts.com and at the Book Cellar in Waupaca, the Coffee Klatsch in Weyauwega and at Mitchell Piano Works in Stevens Point.
“Support our local musicians. Come enjoy this concert,” Sipiorski said. “It’s going to be really good.”