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Founded in 1960, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (WCO) is one of the
elite chamber ensembles in the United States, and is dedicated to advancing
Wisconsin communities through the transformative power of music.
Under the direction of Maestro Andrew Sewell, WCO leverages the unique
characteristics of chamber music to bring a wide variety of repertoire to
audiences in settings that range from the formality of the concert hall to the
intimacy of smaller community venues and the open accessibility of parks
and other public spaces. Through its core artistic programming—comprising
a five-concert Masterworks series at Madison’s Overture Center for the
Arts, a holiday performance of Handel’s Messiah at Blackhawk Church in
Middleton, and the highly popular free summer series Concerts on the
Square in Madison’s Capitol Square—WCO annually shares the enrichment
of live chamber music with 250,000 individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Through collaborations with regional performing arts groups and touring
performances, WCO extends its artistic programming to broader audiences and
communities across Dane, Columbia, Jefferson, Waukesha and Sauk counties.


Maestro Andrew Sewell enters his twentieth season as music director of the
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and third season with the San Luis Obispo
Symphony having had long tenures with the Wichita, Toledo and Mansfield, Ohio
Symphonies. Known for his innovative programming and knack for discovering
new talent, Sewell is a highly skilled orchestra builder with a wide knowledge
and range of repertoire. In demand as a guest conductor, he has led the Toronto,
Detroit, Milwaukee, Columbus, Syracuse, Illinois, Monterey, Gulf Coast and Eugene
Symphony Orchestras, as well as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland
Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, National Symphony of Mexico, Kyushu
Symphony (Japan), City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, OK Mozart Festival,
WI Peninsula Music Festival and Masterworks Festivals in the US and London.
Over the years he has been credited with numerous awards for services to
music including the 2017 Service to Music Award from the Association of
Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras, the 2013 Rabin Arts Youth Award for Individual
Achievement by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the 2005 Best
Individual Artist Award by Wichita Arts Council, and 2005 Musician of the Year by
the Wisconsin State Journal, for services to music and the greater arts community.


Sakurako Eriksen, age 17, was born in Madison, Wisconsin. She started
learning piano at the age of 4 in New Orleans. At the age of 8, she moved
to Rochester, NY where she studied with Douglas Humpherys at the
Eastman School of Music. When she was 13, she moved to Los Angeles
and studied with Bernadene Blaha at the USC Thornton School of Music.
Currently, Sakurako lives in Milwaukee and studies with Stefanie Jacob
at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Anna Maimine at SUNY
Buffalo. She has performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the
Chippewa Valley (2018) and La Crosse Symphony Orchestras (2019). In
2018, she performed at Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall. Additionally,
Sakurako won second prize at the 2018 Aloha International Piano
Concerto Competition and won in the 2014 Los Angeles International
Liszt Competition and was awarded the Best Performance of an Etude.
Sakurako also enjoys performing cello and Japanese tea ceremony.

Suzanne Beia, concertmaster, has been with the Wisconsin Chamber
Orchestra since 1995, and is second violinist in the Pro Arte Quartet. She
also serves as Co-Concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Reno, Nevada, she began her musical studies on the viola at
the age of ten. Three years later, she shifted her attention to the violin and
made her solo debut at the age of fourteen with the North Lake Tahoe
Symphony. Since that time, she has performed on numerous occasions
as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Germany.
Before coming to Madison, Suzanne held the position of Principal Second
Violin in the Wichita Symphony and has held concertmaster positions with
the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic, Spoleto
Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony of San Francisco. She also
held the Assistant Concertmaster position in the New World Symphony.


Peter Rubardt has earned wide acclaim for powerful and insightful
performances that inspire passionate responses to symphonic music. In
addition to his long-standing position as Music Director of the Pensacola
Symphony, in recent seasons he has added the Music Directorships
of the Meridian and Gulf Coast Symphonies. Throughout his career
he has worked successfully to broaden and deepen the relationships
between communities and their orchestras, leading to growing
audiences and a broad base of support. A gifted speaker about music
as well as a performer, he actively engages audiences and community
groups in the appreciation of symphonic music. Also busy as a guest
conductor, Rubardt recently debuted with the Alabama Symphony, the
Fort Worth Symphony, and the Augusta Symphony, among others.


Now celebrating their 23rd anniversary, Jeans ‘n Classics is a
star performer in the arts and entertainment scene right across
North America. While most definitely not a tribute act, Jeans ‘n
Classics faithfully interprets the music of legendary rock and pop
albums and artists, with their own special and signature flair.


Sergei Belkin was born near Donetsk, Ukraine and grew up in Provedeniya,
Russia. As a child he was fortunate to come under the teaching of Nina
Andreevna Dronova, a master music teacher who taught him the accordion.
He blossomed and was soon competing in regional and national music
competitions, winning awards throughout Russia. He studied music
performance and education at the Kamchatka Music College under Dr. Vladimir
Fedorovich Shashin from 1988 to 1993. Sergei was the first place winner of
the international program of the European New Names Contest in 1992. He
studied music performance at the Moscow Conservatory for two years before
he emigrated to the United States in 1998. He is known for his artistry and
technical excellence as well as his joyful and charming performance style.

Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and
honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize
audiences at major venues on three continents.
In the 2016-17 season, Ilya Yakushev appeared as piano soloist with the
symphony orchestras of New Haven (CT), El Paso (TX), Dubuque (IA), La
Crosse (WI), Lake Forest (IL); and Glacier Symphony (MT), in addition to recitals
in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Washington.
Highlights of Yakushev’s 2017-18 season include return appearances
with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, Las
Cruces Symphony, and Reading Symphony, as well as performances
with Decatur Symphony and Johnstown Symphony. He will also play
recitals in Texas, Louisiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.



Internationally acclaimed Madison
artist Linda Massey has been the
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s
resident artist since 2017. This
year’s Concerts on the Square®
poster, “Songs of Summer”, will be
available for purchase along with
her works from prior Concerts
on the Square® sesasons.


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