Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra
2002-2003 season Press Releases

(last updated .07-06-2015)

          Press Releases for the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra 2002-2003 season in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The dates marked "tentative" are the preliminary concert program writeups from the September 2002 issue of Grace Notes, the OSO Newsletter. I retired from UW Oshkosh on 8-30-2002. All previous Press Releases installed here were received as posted to all employees. As I was no longer an employee, no further Press Releases were received for installation on this Web site.
          All performances are at 7:30 pm in the Albert Kimball Auditorium (Oshkosh West High School), in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and are conducted by Nicholas Palmer unless noted otherwise.

Celebrate American Style!

September 14, 2002 - A Salute to America
October 26, 2002 - Wine Opus 2002 (event)
December 07, 2002 - A Winter "Ice" travaganza Ball (event) - "tentative"
December 14, 2002 - Christmas Tidings - "tentative"
February 8, 2003 - A Brave New World - "tentative"
March 8, 2003 - Music That is America - "tentative"
April 5, 2003 - Lights, Camera, Action! (Movie Night at the Symphony) - "tentative"
May 10, 2003 - Family Concert "Where In The World Of Music Is Carmen Sandiego?" - "tentative"

Media Advisory
September 8, 2002

Sue Traska
Executive Director
Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra
(920) 233-7510

A Salute to America

Photos and interviews with John LoPiccolo are available. Ticket Prices: Adult $18, Senior $13 and Student $10

Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Guest Conductor John LoPiccolo

Idaho Falls is a far cry from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, particularly when you make a stop in London, England on the way.

Yet, that is the path Conductor John LoPiccolo has followed. In September, he joins the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra for its season premier: A Salute to America. The September 14th concert begins at 7:30 pm at Oshkosh's Alberta Kimball Auditorium and is presented by Bergstrom Automotive, with media sponsorship by WNAM and WOSH.

"The concert will present, in my opinion, music that is fun, exciting and, at times, emotional," said LoPiccolo, who expects audiences to be moved by Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings. "It is a beautiful piece that is largely quiet with one enormous high point with lots of tension and emotion. It ends with the release of this tension, resulting in the same quietness recounting the haunting theme, which is started at the very beginning."

LoPiccolo, the principal conductor of London's Orchestra Sinfonica d'Amici, hails from Idaho Falls, Idaho. The former Music Director and Conductor of the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, LoPiccolo is a member of the conducting faculty at the Brevard Music Center. An adjunct professor of music at Idaho State University, he conducted 26 performances of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in the United Kingdom in 1997.

His guest conducting credits are many: he was conducted the Charlotte, Boise Philharmonic, Spokane, South Dakota, Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Great Falls, Dubuque, Walla Walla and Montana All-State Orchestras.

"I enjoy visiting other places, working with new orchestra players, learning new music and entertaining audiences," said LoPicollo, whose visit will be his first to Wisconsin. "The whole experience is one of pleasure and excitement."

Since 1997, he has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Coeur d' Alene Music Festival Orchestra. Mr. LoPiccolo and his wife, Mary, have two children, Sabrina and John Michael. LoPiccolo will greet the audience at a post-concert reception at Bergstrom Honda/Nissan/Toyota at 3285 S. Washburn in Oshkosh. For tickets or information, call (920) 233-7510.

October 7, 2002

Sue Traska
Executive Director
(920) 233-7510

Red, White and Food!

Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra invites the community to their third annual Wine Opus.

Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, looking to learn more about wine or just need a night out, the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra has an event for you! We are proud to invite you to our third annual Wine Opus. The evening will be filled with good food, good wine and good friends. And while you are having a good time there is no need to feel guilty because you are helping a worthy cause, the Symphony.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2002, from 6 to 10 pm at the Oshkosh Country Club located at 11 W. Ripple Avenue in Oshkosh.

This year McKnight and Carlson have selected 72 different wines from around the country and the world. Each wine that they have selected is representative of the region that it has come from. Countries of the world that will be represented include France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and Portugal. United States wine will also be served with wines from Washington, Oregon and California.

Awaken your taste buds with a delicious array of food. Main courses include Coquille De La Maree Au Vin Blanc, which is sea shell with seafood in white sauce, Le Contre Filet De Douef Roti Sauce Perigourdine, which is sliced entrecote of beef with truffle sauce, Caneton Brochette Margarite which is smoked duck breast in tequila/lime with grilled vegetables and also a fresh pasta dishes made to order. Sides include gourmet potato dish and stuffed mushroom caps. And if that doesn't fill you to the brim, delicious desserts of English trifle, chocolate hazelnut torte and fresh crepes made to order will be served. And while you enjoy wonderful food and sample a multitude of wines, the OzJazz Quartet featuring Rob McWilliams will be making relaxing music for your ears.

Event reservations are $75.00 per person. Corporate tables can be purchased for $750.00 and will include a reserved table for 8, two bottles of specialty wine, event signage and recognition in the program. It's not a requirement for this option that you are part of a corporation, just get 7 of your best friends together for a night of fun, food and music.

Another feature of the event will be a silent auction. A variety of items will be auctioned off including opera tickets, landscaping gift certificates, golf course passes, wine accessories, fine art among many other fine items.

M & I Bank and Ilsley Trust Company generously sponsor this event. All proceeds will go to the Oshkosh Symphony.

To make reservations please call the Symphony Office at 233-7510. We can't wait to see you there!

December 7, 2002 - A Winter "Ice" travaganza Ball
          time?, Oshkosh Community YMCA, Call the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra to make your reservations, (920) 233-7510

Warm your winter season up with this sparkling and exhilarating dance event of the social season at the new Oshkosh Community YMCA. It is a ball like none other! We will fill the hall with glorious sounds and dance the night away. "You will want the music to go on forever!"

Saturday, December 7, 2002 is the date and the new YMCA is the place. The Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra will perform beautiful music for dancing and listening enjoyment. A Silent Auction along with other activities will surely make this THE DANCE to attend this year!

Two-community stars "collide" to benefit from the proceeds: the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and the Oshkosh Community YMCA. Associated Bank is generously sponsoring this event.

December 14, 2002 - Christmas Tidings
          Guest Conductor: Dr. William LaRue Jones, Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at The University of Iowa (Iowa City)

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays in classic American style. With traditional carols and holiday favorites, the OSO moves you to feel the joy of the holiday.

February 8, 2003 - A Brave New World
          Guest Conductor: Uri Barnea, Music Director, and Conductor for the Billings, MT symphony
          Guest Pianist: Peter Vinograde

Pianist Peter Vinograde comes to Oshkosh to join the OSO in a performance of Gershwin's Piano Concert in F, as part of an evening-long tribute to composers who celebrate America's splendor.

March 8, 2003 - Music That is America
          Guest Conductor: Gordon Johnson, Conductor and Music Director, Great Falls Symphony, MT and Mesa Symphony, AZ
          Guest Artist, trumpet virtuoso: Byron Stripling

Trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling joins the OSO for an evening of Sousa, Ragtime and Big Band.

02-13-2003: E-Mail received from Kay Qualley, to be replaced with the Official Press Release as soon as it is received:

          The Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra's next concert is March 8th, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. at Alberta Kimball Auditorium, attached to Oshkosh West High School, 375 N. Eagle St., Oshkosh, WI.

          The title of the concert is "The Music That is America". We are featuring a guest conductor, Mr. Gordon Johnson, who conducts the Mesa Symphony in Arizona (in addition to being conductor and musical director for the Symphony of Great Falls, Montana). America is the birthplace of some of the world's most celebrated popular music and the Oshkosh Symphony is pleased to perform selections from several genres of American Music. This concert will include in the first half: Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein; America the Beautiful by Samual Ward, arranged by Alfred Reed; Cruzatte's Fiddle by Daniel Bukvich; "Love Duet" from Merry Mount by Howard Hanson; The Patriot by John Williams; and the Washington Post March by J.P. Sousa. This will be a stirring and lively performance.

          In the second half, guest artist Byron Stripling will put on a great trumpet performance with the Oshkosh Symphony. The program is called THE SOUNDS OF NEW ORLEANS. A tribute to Louis Armstrong; I Got a Right to Sing The Blues (DeSylva, Brown, Henderson); and On the Sunny Side of The Street (McHugh,Fields, arranged by Manny Albam) are some of the pieces of music that will be performed by Mr. Stripling.

          This will be an exciting concert and a wonderful opportunity for area residents in the Fox River Valley to hear our talented Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra along with trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling. Tickets are available for $22.00 through Henri's Music Stores, or by calling the Oshkosh Symphony at 1-920-233-7510.

April 5, 2003 - Lights, Camera, Action! (Movie Night at the Symphony)
          Guest Conductor: Amy Andersson, Boulder, CO

Hooray for Hollywood! As Oshkosh celebrates its sesquicentennial, the OSO honors the melodies that made the movies. From Star Wars to Psycho to James Bond, this blockbuster concert is a one-night only showing you won't want to miss.

May 10, 2003 - Family Concert, "Where In The World Of Music Is Carmen Sandiego?"
          7:00 pm, Grand Opera House
          Guest Conductor: Gary Sheldon

The Case of the Missing Concert Hall
Carmen SandiegoTM did it again! The Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Oshkosh Opera House Foundation, will be solving Carmen's most dastardly crime with the help of the conductor Gary Sheldon and Inspector Clue-not. You will be expected to join in as Carmen leads us all on a merry goose chase for the missing concert hall she so expertly stole.

Carmen Sandiego is a registered trademark of The Learning Co., Inc.

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