Movie Magic with the CWSO

September 18, 2021 at 2 pm





The Program

The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra will kick off their 73rd season with an outdoor, family-friendly performance featuring all-time favorite movie themes such as Sound Of Music, West Side Story, Schindler's List, Frozen, Star Wars and more! This performance is free thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors: TDS Fiber, Incredible Bank, Compass Properties, S.C. Swiderski, and Noel Family Foundation. Special thanks to our full season sponsor: Sentry Insurance Foundation. Donations are welcomed.

Main Program

Salute to the Cinema                                arr. Strommen 


Sound of Music Selections                       Rodgers & Hammerstein (arr. Bennett) 


Ashokan Farewell                                     Ungar (arr. Cerulli) 


Our Town                                                  Copland 


Christmas at the Movies                           arr. Krogstad 


Over the Rainbow                                     Arlan (arr. Renzi)



Selections from West Side Story            Bernstein (arr. Mason) 


Let It Go from “Frozen”                            Anderson-Lopez (arr. Moore) 


Three Pieces from Schindler’s List         Williams 


Empire Strikes Back Medley                    Williams (arr. Whitney)


Featured Artist

Steve Bjella




Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was very lucky to grow up in a loving family of six kids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In our household music was ever present with all of singing and taking lessons on an instrument; it’s no wonder five of us became professional musicians! In Cedar Rapids, the public schools had a thriving music program with wonderful music educators, and students could start instrumental lessons in third grade. My best friend was starting violin and, having a toothless grin at the time, I decided to join him on a embouchure-free instrument. The rest is history.

What has been your most memorable performance to date?

As far as memorable performances, there have been so many! Live chamber music performances on WFMT radio in Chicago and Wisconsin Public Radio, premiering new solo works, making recordings, performing some of the great concerti across the country, and being able to make music with my wonderful colleagues in the CWSO.

What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you on stage?

I was playing a live recital performance on Wisconsin Public Radio with pianist Michael Keller at the Elvehjem Museum of Art in Madison, and half-way through the first piece, a photographer came within a few feet of us and starting snapping photos for several minutes. Security finally came and removed him; all of this while continuing to perform for our live audience in the hall and on the radio. After the concert they informed us that the photographer was not paparazzi, but rather a university student taking a photography class who thought it would be fun to capture some impromptu moments.

What are some hobbies/interests you enjoy outside of music?

Hobbies include biking, hiking, reading, and sharing time with family and friends across the country.







What you'll hear


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