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May 12, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Nobuyoshi Yasuda, conductor
Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano
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From the press release:
Chippewa Valley Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“To the Light” – the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra announces its sweeping and soul-searching May concert, featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection.
EAU CLAIRE (April 25, 2012) – The Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra presents “To the Light” on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Haas Fine Arts Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.
Conducted by Symphony Maestro Nobuyoshi Yasuda (Nobu), Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, burns with ecstasy and yearning while powered by a thunderous cast of nearly 200 instrumentalists, chorus members and soloists. A symphony so massive in scope demands its own spotlight and will deliver an unforgettable concert-going experience. “We are very excited to perform one of the mightiest symphonies ever written” says Nobu.
“To the Light” will also showcase Karin Wolverton and Nicole Warner, as well as the Chippewa Valley Festival Chorus. Described by Opera News as “a young soprano to watch, having a lovely warm tone, easy agility and winning musicality”, Karin Wolverton has performed with such organizations as the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and the Pittsburgh Opera. International mezzo-soprano Nicole Warner is best known for the “chocolate richness” of her voice and the unforgettable emotional engagement she shares with the audience. “I am very proud that our community is able to produce such a huge project. Please come to join us to feel the power of live performance!” says Nobu.
Prior to “To the Light”, the CVSO will present a free pre-concert talk on Mahler Symphony No. 2, led by WPR Music Director Cheryl Dring, in the Phillips Recital Hall on the UWEC Campus at 6:30pm.
The Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra is sponsored in part by Chilson Automotive and US Bank.