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The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Association, founded in 1966, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide the community with quality music, as well as performance and educational opportunities for area musicians. The Fox Valley Symphony’s mission is to enrich and nurture the human spirit through symphonic music and educational opportunities that enhance the cultural development of our community. Our values: • strive for excellence • respond to the community • honor diversity • seek to educate • collaborate with others

have integrity committed to the growth of human and financial resources • seek to constantly challenge ourselves • work as a team and constantly communicate • •


Brian Groner Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Music Director

For fifty years, the FVSO has done many, many things! It has performed hundreds of concerts and inspired faithful audiences. It has shared audible tales of other people, places, and cultures. It has played a huge role in the musical education of this great community, introducing many to the art of symphonic music. The FVSO has worked hard to elevate the heart and the ears of its listeners. This 50th anniversary season is time to celebrate, a time to reflect and a time to look ahead. We celebrate the orchestra’s substantial artistic growth and raise a toast to the players who have given their time and talents to this remarkable institution. We look back on the orchestra’s history, remembering the conductors who have come and gone and the faces in the orchestra that have changed with time. This important milestone also creates a perfect reason to look forward. We look at countless seasons ahead through the lenses of what we know. We know that it takes a strong commitment by the community to build and support an orchestra and we know that will not change. The Fox Valley has proven its appreciation for the FVSO and symphonic music. We know that because of your efforts, the FVSO will continue to do the “good work” of elevating the ears and hearts of each of us. That is what’s important — and that is what we do.

FROM THE BEGINNING AND BEYOND The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Grand Opening to the 50th anniversary season certainly proved to be an exhilarating moment for all. The sold-out performance,

Grand Opening

with guest artist Itzhak Perlman, was truly

September 28, 2016

an occassion to reflect on just how far the

with special guest, Itzhak Perlman

ensemble has come. So much has changed since the orchestra’s first performance in

Aaron Copland



Ceremonial Fanfare

Ludwig van Beethoven

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1770 —1827



1966, however one item remains the same — the Fox Valley’s love and support for symphonic music and performance.

1840 —1893

Capriccio Italien, Op. 45

Felix Mendelssohn



Special guest, Itzhak Perlman

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Allegro molto appassionato


Allegro molto vivace

Music is the cultural key to a community. It is also a source of community pride. Franklin Doverspike FVSO Business Manager, 1966

October 11, 1965

November 15, 1965

Initial meeting of musicians at Robert

“More than 60 musicians and others”

Gruetzman’s home in Neenah to determine

gather at the First National Bank, Neenah,

interest in a Fox River Valley Symphony.

to develop a plan for a symphony orchestra.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN With a headline of “Fox Valley Symphony Sounds First Note of Organization, Plans Survey,” the Post-Crescent chronicled the beginnings of what is today the fifty-year-old Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in its Wednesday, October 13, 1965 edition. This was just six years after the founding of the Milwaukee Symphony. Neenah High School orchestra conductor Robert Gruetzman had invited to his home a group of Neenah and Menasha “men and women interested in playing and listening to good music to take a look at the possibilities”

“Many previous associations with the nation’s top symphony orchestras were noted among members of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. Pictured above are (front row, from left to right) Mrs. Eugene Gassere, harpist; Mrs. John Helms, cello and Mrs. Frances Rehl, cello, (standing) Lucy Baicher Heiberg, violin and Mel Holm, violin.”

of organizing to play orchestral music. They decided to survey adult musicians in the surrounding communities. Their thought was that if sixty or more people responded positively, they would play an initial concert in the spring of 1966 – and respond they did!

— The Post Crescent, 4/10/1966

In fact, by mid-November “more than 60 musicians and others” met to

Premiere Program

chart the course. That included a group from Appleton, who themselves had been talking about starting an orchestra, and suggested working together. auditions, and to hold a first rehearsal on January 10, 1966.

Conductor Karlos Moser chose these works for the opening program in 1966:

By December 15, the group had engaged their director: Karlos Moser,

Ludwig van Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

The group agreed to form a board of directors, hire a conductor, set up

professor of music and director of the opera workshop at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. By early 1966, an 18-member board called the

Frederick Delius A Walk Through Paradise Garden

Fox Valley Symphony Association was in place.

 This work was also performed on Feb. 4, 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary season.

Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 Nida Fonseca, soprano

After much work and dedication, the brand new Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra made its debut on Monday evening, April 11, 1966 at Lawrence University’s Memorial Chapel. Tickets were $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for students!

Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E Minor

December 15, 1965

January 10, 1966

April 11, 1966

Karlos Moser, professor of music at

First rehearsal in the Fine Arts Room at the

Premiere concert of the Fox Valley Symphony

UW-Madison, named conductor.

University of Wisconsin, Fox Valley Center,

Orchestra at Lawrence Memorial Chapel with

courtesy of Franklin Doverspike, who

Karlos Moser, conductor.

became Symphony business manager.



APRIL 11, 1966


First Violin

Helen Potter


Lucy Heiberg

Elodice Reuss

Edgar Turrentine


Gwyneth Schroeder

Allen Butcher

Virginia Smith

Tom Jacobs

Michel Gibson Jeanete Given John Helms Lucile Orbison Secretary Allen Schildt Mary Schoeneck Evelyn Wilke Second Violin Mel Holm

Bass Bruce Feldt Steve Schultz Floyd Slayton Dave Starck Flute Kristin Webb Jane Longley

Ada Barthule

William Brown

Robert Braun Alberta Doverspike

Oboe & English Horn

Alice Gassere

Ruth Dahlke

Shirley Hawkins

Jean Ostwald

Madeline Menten Carolyn Umlandt


Elaine Warner

Dan Sparks Bob Boisen Donald Wisnefski

Jacob Dekker, Principal

PROFESSOR ROBERT BELOW “The very first concert of a brand new symphony orchestra is





exciting news at any time. A first Trombone

concert as fine as the Fox Valley

John Schulenburg

Symphony Orchestra’s premiere

Robert Boeing

Monday night is more than that.

Mark Gerard

“An audience of 600 heard a


musical event that was deeply

Ernest Broeniman

impressive, not only because Timpani & Percussion

it promises much for the future

Marlene Bye

but because it was good in itself.

Alice Littlefield

That this could be accomplished

Steve Schultz

in only a dozen rehearsals over Harp

a three month period is a tribute

Alice Gassere

to Conductor Karlos Moser, to the many outstanding musicians


in the orchestra and to those

Carl Given

responsible for organizing it.”


Phyllis Potter

Robert Gruetzman Ray E. Spangenberg


Carole Aebischer

John Sutte

Martha Blum

Frank Comella Eugene Gassere

Violincello Frances Rehl



Ivan N. Spangenberg

Jeanette Harper

Sam R. Ostwald

Betty Helms

Alice Christianson

The original musicians of the FVSO demonstrated a level of commitment and professionalism that set a strong precedent for those who followed." Janet Bond Sutter

Polly Koerwitz

Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster (1991 - 2009)

Kristen Peterson

May 12, 1966

December 4, 1966

Early 1967

The second concert was a children’s

Robert Gutter, also a UW-Madison music

Community-minded women form the

concert held at Menasha High School.

professor, conducts first concert of the

“Promotional Committee for the March 12 Concert

An adult who accompanied a paying

second season because of Moser’s illness.

of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra,” which

child was admitted free.

soon becomes the Fox Valley Symphony League.

Karlos Moser led the FVSO

The FVSO season expanded

in its first concert, held at the

to include three subscription

Lawrence Memorial Chapel on

concerts and one concert for

April 11, 1966. The Symphony

young people under the direction

League was also formed during

of Istvan Jaray. He was also

his tenure. The first Youth Soloist KARLOS MOSER FVSO Conductor 1966 ­— 1968

Competition took place in 1967.

involved with the FVSO’s first ISTVAN JARAY FVSO Conductor 1968 ­— 1979

Symphony Youth Orchestra in 1974.

Kate Tamarkin conducted during

the Fox Valley Symphony

the formation of the Fox Valley

Orchestra continued to build

Chamber Orchestra. Joshua Bell

momentum. A junior string

made his first guest appearance

orchestra for students was

and a full-time manager, Pat

“Philharmonia Strings.”

Rodgers, was hired. Many young KATE TAMARKIN FVSO Conductor 1982 ­— 1990

composers were premiered and a 20th anniversary commission was composed by Marilyn Shrude.

Under the direction of Harvey

Brian Groner has the longest

Felder, Partners in Education

tenure as conductor leading

(now called Artistic Adventures)

the FVSO — nearly half of the

was formed in 1992. The FVSO

orchestra’s existence. During his

also commissioned Allen

time, community involvement and

Gimbel to compose “The Four HARVEY FELDER FVSO Conductor 1990 ­— 1995

the formation of the Fox Valley

During Richard Watson’s tenure,

established, now referred to as RICHARD WATSON FVSO Conductor 1979 ­— 1981

“pops” concert in 1971 and

Temperaments” for its 25th anniversary season in 1991-92.

partnerships significantly expanded BRIAN GRONER FVSO Conductor 1995 ­— present

and a number of high-profile guest artists joined the FVSO on stage.

1968 —1969

March 12, 1968

Fall, 1969

Istvan Jaray, “a young Hungarian with extensive

Pianists Suzanne Smith and James Fradrick perform as

First logo

training in Europe and North America,” appointed

winners of the first Youth Soloist Competition.


conductor and music director.

Guest Artists

FVSO FEATURED PERFORMERS The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra has been fortunate to welcome a number of high-profile performers to its stage. Some of these individuals appeared with the symphony early in their careers. The ensemble always enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with these talented guests, but the visitors themselves have seemed to notice something special about the symphony as well. The quality talent and welcoming culture the FVSO embodies is an attribute that has brought several guest artists back more than once.

Brian Groner is a first-class, legendary Maestro whose dynamic leadership gives him the unique ability to bring out the absolute best in any musical situation. Combine that with the amazing Fox Valley Symphony musicians and you get inspiring, energetic, uplifting concerts that feed your soul long after you leave the concert hall." Byron Stripling

Trumpet, FVSO Guest Artist

THE SECOND DECADE (1976 — 1986) Franco Gulli, violin Aaron Rosand, violin Santiago Rodriguez, piano Eugenia Zukerman, flute Joshua Bell, violin Dale Clevenger, horn

The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra’s 50th season started off with a bang at the sold-out performance with Itzhak Perlman.

Philippe Quint brought the house down with his amazing performance of The Red Violin Suite by John Corigliano.

Author/humorist/radio personality Garrison Keillor signed his memento to the FVSO: “For the Foxes in the Valley, especially the musical ones.”

THE FIFTH DECADE (2006 — 2016) Garrison Keillor, humorist Byron Stripling, trumpet David Shifrin, clarinet Philippe Quint, violin Wendy Warner, cello Itzhak Perlman, violin Edgar Meyer, bass Eileen Ivers, violin

Stand-out performances as selected by our very own musicians

Brian Groner and Joshua Bell enjoy a moment together in the Fox Cities PAC lobby after his 2003 performance with the FVSO. He first appeared here in 1984 and will be part of the 2017-18 season.

THE FOURTH DECADE (1996 — 2006) William Barnewitz, horn Rachel Barton Pine, violin Michael Kim, piano Janet Planet, vocalist Lorin Hollander, piano Judy Collins, vocalist James Galway, flute Chris Brubeck, trombone


Byron Stripling’s engaging personality and infectious charm on and off the stage has made him an audience favorite. He will return in 2017-18.

THE THIRD DECADE (1986 — 1996) Nigel Kennedy, violin Allen Vogel, oboe Gregory Fulkerson, violin Matthew Michelic, viola Panayis Lyras, piano José Feghali, piano Ida Kavafian, violin Nathanial Rosen, cello Pamela Frank, violin

Remembering Our Guests

THE FIRST DECADE (1966 — 1976) Jean Kraft, mezzo-soprano Robert Below, piano Gary Karr, bass

EDUCATION AND ARTISTIC DISCOVERY The 50th anniversary season’s fall concert highlighted the symphony’s interest in music education and original composition. The program opened with FVSO principal horn

Fall Concert November 19, 2016 with special guest, Edgar Meyer

player Bruce Atwell’s Fanfare for Four Horns and guest artist Edgar Meyer’s performance included one of his own concerti. The concert also highlighted an educational initiative

Bruce Atwell


b. 1958

Fanfare for Four Horns

Giovanni Bottesini


Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben.


Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B minor

Allegro moderato Andante Allegro Edgar Meyer

surrounding the concert’s closing work,


b. 1960

Double Bass Concerto No. 1 in D major

Movement 1 Movement 2 Movement 3 Richard Strauss


1864 —1949

Ein Heldenleben, TrV 190, Op. 40

(“A Hero’s Life”)

The Hero

The Hero’s Adversaries (critics)

The Hero’s Companion (wife)

The Hero’s Deeds of War

Ein Heldenleben is one of the most inspiring pieces ever composed for orchestra. It is also one of the most challenging. By presenting this epic masterpiece to our audience we are showing that the orchestra has come of age. We are thrilled to share the progress we have made - progress which allows us to express more clearly the grand intent of this piece and many others. Brian Groner Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Music Director

The Hero’s Works of Peace (and struggles in the face of continued criticism) The Hero’s Retirement from the World

1970 —1971


Max Hensel becomes

The Fox Valley Symphony League hosts its

symphony manager.

first Benefit Ball in February and the orchestra

and the Fulfillment of his Life

performs its first pops concert in May.

EDUCATION AT THE FOREFRONT A key reason Neenah music educator and FVSO organizer Robert Gruetzman called the original exploratory meeting was his interest in providing a way for his students, and others in the community, to continue to hone their musical skills beyond high school. The orchestra’s first business manager, Franklin Doverspike, shared thoughts about its educational role: “An orchestra like this can do much more than provide a place for local musicians to play,” he stated. “We expect that this group will do more. We want to incorporate the orchestra into an education program.”

MASTER CLASSES The FVSO regularly asks our guest artists to host master classes with area students. The FVSO’s goal is

Over the years, the FVSO has certainly followed through with this intention. In addition to its several quality performances each year, the organization has created numerous educational programs and artistic partnerships geared toward individuals of all ages and lifestyles. “I hope that eventually, the orchestra board will take an active part in the total fine arts picture of the Valley,” Doverspike continued. “Regular concerts, educational programs for children and a coordinated effort to encourage a lively interest in the fine arts should come later.” And it certainly did. Artistic collaborations have not only become part of the orchestra’s tradition, but they are reflected across the culture of the Fox Cities, as well. Together, they actively help attract new talent and inspire home-grown artists.

to share outside insight with local students by providing opportunities for them to work in one-on-one or small group settings with the masters. The master class might focus on a piece of music the students are currently working on with detailed critique and instruction, or an entirely new topic introduced by the visitor. Classes are typically held at Lawrence University or Heid Music, and serve as an inspiration to all involved. PRE-CONCERT DISCUSSIONS Taking place in the intimate setting of the Kimberly-Clark Theater, pre-concert discussions prove to be yet another outstanding opportunity supported by the FVSO. These discussions are a great way for our Maestro to share more detail about the music that will be performed on stage that evening, in addition to open conversation with the audience and interviews with guests artists and FVSO musicians about their own work and experiences.


October 22, 1972

November 4, 1973

Fox Valley Youth Symphony and

Robert Below, Lawrence University piano

Tradition of offering back-to-back concerts

Junior Strings become part of FVSO.

professor, is featured soloist as the new

at Lawrence and in Neenah begins as

auditorium at Armstrong High School in

Symphony plays at rededication of the

Neenah is dedicated.

Armstrong venue as Pickard Auditorium.




Concert Orchestra musicians are typically 8 -12th


graders and perform orchestral literature at a standard


upper high school level. Members receive regular


sectional coaching and typically have three or more


years of orchestral experience. This ensemble stresses


discipline and commitment, and pushes its young


performers with increasingly difficult repertoire.



Our full youth orchestra was founded in 1974 and serves an average of 90 students within the current ensemble makeup. Students in this orchestra are already highly-accomplished musicians, with band or orchestra experience at an advanced high school or pre-college level. These musicians focus intensely on intricate musical nuances and perform professional-level music and with a strong drive to play with discipline and high-

The Philharmonia Orchestra introduces students to the orchestral experience and its repertoire, performing music for string orchestra at the high school and advanced middle school level. Members learn to come together to work on a level of classical repertoire supplementary to the school setting. They also receive regular sectional coaching.

level, detail-oriented musicality.

December 15, 1974

October 24—25, 1976


The Wisconsin Ballet Company joins the

The symphony honors America’s 200th

Ruth Haviland becomes

Symphony for a holiday presentation of

birthday with A Bicentennial Salute

business manager.

The Nutcracker Ballet.

including music of Copland, Gershwin, Gould, Grofé, Ives and Randall Thompson.

BIG ARTS IN THE LITTLE APPLE The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra proudly partners with The Building for Kids Children’s Museum and the Appleton Area School District to create an annual community celebration of

FVSO Principal Horn player, Bruce Atwell, demonstrates to students the principles of sound amplification with his home-made “hose horn” made entirely from materials purchased at the hardware store.

music and the visual arts. Through this partnership, a multi-disciplinary program called Big Arts in the Little Apple (BALA) formed in 2016. Students learn about a specific piece of music programmed during the FVSO


season and respond through creation of visual art.

In partnership with The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, the FVSO Brass Quintet began presenting

In its first year, more than 700 elementary students

elementary students the opportunity to explore the

submitted artwork based on Richard Strauss’

science behind music in 2016. Students discover

Ein Heldenleben for juried review. Fifty pieces were

the basics of sound production, frequency and pitch,

featured in the lobby at the fall concert performance.

acoustics and the physical properties that make instruments work. In addition to hands-on scientific


activities, the students engage with members of the

This FVSO education program began in 1991 under the

Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra through an interactive

name “Partners in Education” thanks to a generous

performance that brings their learning to life.

contribution by Symphony League member Bettyjo Heckrodt. Renamed “Artistic Adventures” in 2014, the


program has continued through grants and additional

The FVSO introduced a new educational concept at the

contributions, and expanded to include additional

first concert of its 50th anniversary season: a “graphic


score.” It is an artistic roadmap in booklet form that guides audience members through a particular work,

Artistic Adventures creates a platform for the FVSO

and includes information about the history and theory

to bring live symphonic music to local elementary

behind the composition. The first one, which focused on

students, including field trips to The Trout Museum

Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, was well received by

of Art, classroom activities, the opportunity to attend

the audience. Plans call for additional graphic scores to

a Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra concert.

be created for future seasons.


November 17—18, 1979


Richard L. Watson, assistant conductor of

Newly formed Wisconsin Vocal Ensemble, led by

Daniel Forlano, Jon Borowicz, Kate Tamarkin

the Richmond Symphony, becomes first

David Saladino, performs with the symphony for

and David Crosby guest conduct this

resident conductor.

the first time (this group will eventually become

season’s concerts as part of the audition to

the White Heron Chorale and then newVoices).

become the symphony’s next conductor.

Original Composition FVSO COMMISSIONS, PREMIERES AND MORE Original composition plays a vital role in the advancement of all types of music. The FVSO has certainly recognized the importance of cultivating these talents, as evidenced by its support of original music over the past fifty years. The orchestra has performed, commissioned and premiered many works through collaborations with contemporary composers of the Fox Cities and all over the world. Though musical styles may always be changing, the FVSO’s dedication to fostering original music will surely remain.




20th Anniversary

April 26, 1987



Passage of Years was written at the request of Kate Tamarkin for the FVSO’s 20th anniversary. As the title suggests, the piece reflects the swift movement of time, which often defies our grasp. The composition also shares strong concentration on timbre and its subtle manipulation. ALLEN GIMBEL


25th Anniversary


April 12, 1992

The concept of The Four Temperaments, composed by Lawrence University composition professor Allen Gimbel, described the theory of four distinct personality types. This musical subject has been examined by many composers, perhaps most notably Hindemith and Nielsen.

MAURY LAWS & THE FVSO When veteran musician Maury Laws and his wife Karen decided to move from New York City with their young son in the mid-1980s, they wanted to be near a good symphony orchestra. If he wrote some more music, Maury thought, he wanted to be able to hear it played. The Fox Valley Symphony – and the fact that Karen, an NBC News producer, was a native of Kaukauna – drew them to Appleton, and the Fox Valley has been the better for it! A composer and arranger for many top recording artists of the ’50s and ’60s, Maury is best known as the musical director for the Rankin/Bass animated television production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which has aired since 1964, and more than thirty similar specials that followed. s F  VSO Conductor Brian Groner presents an award of appreciation to Maury Laws at the October 2003 concert in his honor.

Symphony conductor for the Arts Alliance’s POPS Goes to the Movies. River

DID YOU KNOW? Maury wrote the brief Fanfare that the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center uses to call people to their seats prior to showtime! He was asked to turn that into a longer piece for the PAC’s 10th anniversary and the FVSO included Curtain Call in its November 2013 concert.



Locally, his contributions are also legendary. Already in 1986, he was the Time Suite, which he wrote for a video salute to the Fox River produced by Karen, was premiered by the FVSO in 1996. His specially commissioned The Christmas Suite, adapted from his music composed for the Rankin/Bass specials, was first performed at the Symphony’s 2001 Holiday Concert. Local artists Janet Planet and John Harmon teamed up with the Symphony in 2003 for an all-Laws concert called A Tribute to Maury Laws. And a 2008 concert featured The Baseball Music Project, narrated by former New York Yankee Dave Winfield, which he co-wrote with the late Fred Sturm, head of the jazz program at Lawrence University.




March 31, 2007

On March 31, 2007, the FVSO premiered its commission (sponsored by Thrivent Financial) of Chris Brubeck’s “Quiet Heroes: A Symphonic Salute to the Flag Raisers at Iwo Jima.” Local World War II U.S. Navy Corpsman and Iwo Jima flag raiser John Bradley was honored at the performance, and actor Wilfred Brimley narrated the piece. The composition loosely follows the bestseller “Flags of Our Fathers” written by James Bradley (son of John and Betty Bradley), and the movie thereafter released by Clint Eastwood in 2006. The FVSO also partnered with the Military Veterans Museum to feature WWII memorabilia in the lobby.

s T he Post Crescent, March 27, 2007

POPS CONCERTS AND PARTNERSHIPS The 50th anniversary season holiday “pops” concert featured a variety of entertainment by two legends who now live in the Fox Valley — vocalist Steve March-Tormé and

Holiday Concert December 10, 2016 with special guest, Steve March-Tormé

composer/arranger Maury Laws. The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra has partnered with many popular artists and performers over the years to create unique collaborations

For the anniversary holiday “pops” concert, the FVSO was joined by local legend, Steve March-Tormé. The evening included holiday classics such as The Christmas Song (made famous by the soloist’s father, Mel Tormé) and a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas featuring the music of another local legend, Maury Laws, and read by his wife, Karen.

For more than 30 years, my husband and I have been patrons of the Fox Valley Symphony. How proud we are of the contributions it makes to audiences of all ages. May its music continue for generations to come. - KAREN LAWS

outside of the typical subscription series, often including additional artistic mediums such as dance, fine art and performance. These different experiences provide a twist to the music typically performed on stage. A few of these are highlighted on the next page.

“POPS” CONCERT A pops concert is a performance where an orchestra plays popular music, generally traditional pop or show tunes, as well as well-known classical works. In general, it is a concert of lighter and more familiar music with a broad appeal.

October 1981

May 1982

Symphony office moves to the

Kate Tamarkin, Northwestern University graduate

Goodwill NCW Community Center.

and conductor of the Little Orchestra of Chicago,

FVSO Board President, 2002-04

becomes fourth conductor; Ralph Buesing becomes manager.

SHOWCASING VALLEY TALENT When the newly formed Fox Cities Arts Alliance conceived the idea to showcase Valley talent in a pops concert format, the Fox Valley Symphony was one of the first organizations to come on board. Potpourri for POPS attracted more than 1,000 people to the Grand Ballroom of the Paper Valley Hotel on September 18, 1982. It included a showcase of fine art from the Appleton Gallery of Arts and the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, theatrical stunts by local high school students, as well as the debut performance of Kate Tamarkin as conductor of the Symphony. Themes in following years included Gaslight Gaities, Jazz Meets the Classics, Lady Sings the POPS, POPS Goes to the Movies, and POPS Salutes the British. POPS GUEST ARTISTS Over the past decade, the FVSO has invited artists from the contemporary music world to share the stage, including Judy Collins, David Clayton-Thomas (with Blood, Sweat & Tears), Rosanne Cash, The Temptations, and local artists Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons and Peridot, featuring Hillary Reynolds. Other “pops”collaborations have included dance, fine art, and a unique performance of Holst’s The Planets in partnership with UW-Fox Valley’s Barlow Planetarium.

ROCK THE CLASSICS The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra has partnered with a unique variety of musical endeavors, including the popular local cover band, Vic Ferrari. For a series of concerts held at Waverly Beach, the FVSO ditched its usual buttoned-up attire for blue jeans at the collaborative “Rock the Classics” concerts. The crowd was an equal mixture of Vic Ferrari and FVSO fans, providing the audience with a unique sound, and integrating a variety of musical styles. JOHN HARMON | FIELD OF DREAMS Local composer and world-class musician and jazzman, John Harmon, composed the autobiographical work “Field of Dreams,” which was premiered on November 17, 1984. This collaborative performance between the FVSO and Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Fred Sturm, was part of the Arts Alliance Pops Concert. The work retraced Harmon’s manifestation of the small boy living inside of him, playing sandlot baseball, climbing trees and daring to dream the shortlived fantasy of many young boys — a major league baseball career.

September 1982

October 13, 1984

June 1986

First Pops Concert in collaboration with the

16-year-old violinist Joshua Bell is guest

Pat Rodgers appointed as first

Fox Cities Arts Alliance to showcase Valley

soloist; he would return in 2003 and will be

full-time general manager.

talent: “Potpourri for POPS”

featured again on May 2, 2018 in the final concert of the symphony’s 51st season.

FVSO Musicians DEDICATED ARTISTS AND LONG-TENURED CAREERS Becoming a professional musican takes an incredible amount of dedication. The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra appreciates both the commitment its musicans have made to develop their own musical expertise, and the commitment they have made to play in the ensemble. The orchestra has welcomed hundreds of players over the years, many of which have been a part of the ensemble for a very long time.


Ronna Swift, bass


Audrey Nowak, violin


Caroline Brandenberger, violin


Laura Kenney Henckel, cello


Rand Skelton, trumpet


Janet Bond Sutter, violin


David Veum, cello


Dorothy Hollenbach , violin


Suzanne Bunker Jordheim, flute


Christopher Zello, clarinet


Sharon Peterson, bassoon


Penny Paiser Wilson, clarinet


Ann Wendel, violin


Melissa Gurholt, violin


Scott Breyer, bass


Paul Ristau, timpani


Roy Fine, trombone


Lori Murphy, violin


Brian Sas, violin

RONNA SWIFT made Appleton her home immediately after graduating college and joined the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1966. Ronna is the only member of the FVSO who has played throughout the entire 50 years of the ensemble’s existence. She remembers playing a concert eight months pregnant, braving many Wisconsin winters driving to rehearsals and fondly recalls performing piano for the Viennese Ball Ensemble under Istvan Jaray. Ronna served as stage manager for more than 10 years, participated with the FVSO League, and is pleased to have formed many lasting friendships.

Ronna Swift, Bass Chair sponsored by Mike and Priscilla Daniels

FOSTERING TALENT AND VIRTUOSITY The winter concert program started with a piece that appeared on the first program ever presented by the FVSO, The Walk to

Winter Concert February 4, 2017 with special guest, Claire Huangci

the Paradise Garden by Frederick Delius. The FVSO also welcomed back guest artist Claire Huangci, a pianist widely acclaimed for her technical skill and expression. The

Frederick Delius



The Walk to the Paradise Garden

(from: “A Village Romeo and Juliet”)

Sergei Rachmaninoff



FVSO celebrates the virtuosity of all of its musicians and recognizes the demanding journey endured to achieve such talents.

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Moderato Adagio sostenuto


Allegro scherzando Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


1756 —1791

Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543

Adagio – Allegro

Andante con moto

Menuetto: Allegretto Finale: Allegro

One of the original goals of the FVSO was to create educational partnerships and opportunities — a promise it has certainly worked hard to keep. Over the years, the orchestra has enjoyed collaborations with Lawrence University and the Lawrence Academy, local schools and more. The FVSO recognizes the importance of nurturing the musical community in order to attract and retain quality educators and programs. The orchestra proudly recognizes the many musicians within the ensemble and community who contribute to music education in the Fox Cities, helping to share their passion with the next generation.

1986 —1987

April 26, 1987

Conductor Tamarkin is on sabbatical during

Symphony premieres “Passage of Years”

this 20th anniversary season;

by Marilyn Shrude, commissioned for the

guest conductors are Paul Vermel,

20th anniversary year.

Lynn Schornick, and James MacDonald.

YOUTH SOLOIST COMPETITION The winners of the first Youth Soloist Competition performed with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra on March 12, 1968. The competition’s goal was to showcase talented young musicians and provide them with the opportunity to perform with a professional ensemble. The winners of the first competition were Suzanne Smith and James Fradrick, both pianists.  Fox Valley Symphony Conductor, Brian Groner serves as a Youth Soloist Competition judge in 2009.

For many musicians, learning the craft starts at a very early age. I work to expose students to a large variety of musical styles and time periods and also to challenge them to go beyond what they think they can accomplish. Greg Austin Fox Valley Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra Conductor

RISING STARS Identifying and nurturing “rising stars” has been

Thirteen-year-old pianist Ji-Yong appeared with the

important to the FVSO for years. “Young performing

Symphony in 2004; he had become the youngest

artists deserve opportunities to share their gifts with

musician ever to win the New York Philharmonic Young

audiences,” says Conductor Brian Groner. “We are

Artists Competition just three years earlier. The February

thrilled to give them that opportunity and benefit so

2012 showcased 12-year-old violinist Kitsho Hosotani

much from their energetic performances.”

and ten-year-old David Hou, a pianist. A 2008 concert called Our Rising Stars featured two young performers

Grammy-award winning violinist Joshua Bell’s first

who had grown up in the Valley: soprano Alisa Jordheim

performance with the FVSO was at the age of 16.

of Appleton, and Nathan Birkholz, a native of Neenah.

Shortly thereafter, his career skyrocketed.

Jordheim returned in 2014 as soloist in Carmina Burana.

1989 —1990

1990 —1991


Conductor Tamarkin announces she will become

Harvey Felder, assistant

New logo

assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony as

conductor of the


of the 1990-91 season; guest conductors include

Milwaukee Symphony,

Eric Townell and Harvey Felder.

appointed fifth conductor.

JOURNEY TO THE STAGE Like many professions, becoming a professional musician requires an extraordinary amount of time and dedication to make it to the main stage. Many musicians begin learning their craft a very early age through private lessons or programs such as Suzuki training. After youth academies, summer camps and training through high school, the journey continues through college, often to post-graduate studies. Years of performance experience, fellowships and master classes add to the mix, in addition to countless hours of practice, staying “musically in shape,” and expensive investments in musical instruments and maintenance. But of course, music is more than learning a technical skill — it is conceptual and emotional. Truly outstanding musicians have made a huge investment of time devoted to listening to great performances in order to elevate musical expectations. They have spent years participating in ensembles, learning that one must listen, produce and respond simultaneously. It takes great dedication and a

The Concertmaster Series gives musicians an opportunity to explore the incredibly rich world of chamber music. The experience of playing in smaller ensembles with your colleagues is incredibly rewarding.

very high level of self-discipline to truly prepare for the

Yuliya Smead Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster

very demanding world of music making. FVSO AUDITION PROCESS As new positions become available, the audition process takes place with a long list of excerpts chosen by a committee (conductor, principal and others) to highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate. They perform a solo concerto and selected excerpts, which often take years to master. Performing these selections out of context from the larger work, with the

“PRINCIPAL” PLAYERS A principal musician is the leader of a group of musicians also playing that instrument, and often is the section’s featured soloist. The principal first violin is called the concertmaster and is considered the leader of not only its section, but also the entire orchestra, subordinate only to the conductor.

appropriate style and tempo, is quite a challenge.



1994 —1995

25th anniversary season concluded

The Fox Valley Symphony League

Guest conductors during Maestro Felder’s

with “An Evening with Rogers and

celebrates 25 years of service.

final season with the Symphony are

Hammerstein” featuring the White Heron Chorale and area soloists.

Felipe Izcaray, John Welsh, and Brian Groner.

Five Decades of Concertmasters

THE FIRST DECADE (1966 — 1976) Lucy Heiberg Brice Farrar Lucile Orbison THE SECOND DECADE (1976 — 1986)

CHAMBER ENSEMBLES Throughout FVSO history, many musicians have performed in smaller ensembles, called chamber groups, in addition to being part of the full orchestra. Most of these groups form independently of the organization. Every now and then, however, chamber groups formally affiliated with the FVSO develop as well. During the FVSO’s 35th anniversary season, the Fox

Lucile Orbison Karen Clarke Sharon McCreery/Holmes Nancy Messuri Katharine Ayers

Valley Symphony Woodwind Quintet, comprised of FVSO principal winds and horn, performed in collaboration with the full ensemble as part of the February program. CONCERTMASTER SERIES Set within a more intimate environment at local venue Riverview Gardens, the Concertmaster Series showcases FVSO musicians performing the

THE THIRD DECADE (1986 — 1996) Allison Edberg Katharine Ayers Calvin Wiersma Janet A. Bond Sutter

music they love in smaller chamber ensembles. Guests attending these performances have the opportunity to hear the more subtle sounds of the instruments and because of the more intimate setting, have the ability to connect with the players’ individual character. The relaxed environment fosters the opportunity to become closer to the music in addition to sharing with the audience a deeper appreciation for the virtuosic presence within the greater ensemble.

THE FOURTH DECADE (1996 — 2006) Janet A. Bond Sutter THE FIFTH DECADE (2006 — 2016) Janet A. Bond Sutter Yuliya Smead


May 18, 1996

Brian Groner becomes sixth conductor,

Season finale included the world premiere

beginning what would be a 23-year run.

of River Time Suite, by Fox Cities-based composer/arranger Maury Laws.

WORLD MUSIC AND DIVERSE COMPOSITION Eileen Ivers’ high-energy performance left the audience truly in the midst of a Celtic celebration. Over the years, the FVSO has had tremendous opportunities to collaborate

Celtic Celebration

with international artists and to perform

March 18, 2017

compositions and on unique instruments

with special guest, Eileen Ivers

from all over the globe. Bringing these diverse musical styles to northeastern

Grammy-awarded and Emmy-nominated violinist Eileen Ivers has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and guest-starred with more than 40 orchestras. She is the original musical

Wisconsin is another way that our area celebrates cultural diversity and explores art and music outside of our ethnic histories.

star of Riverdance and nine-time All-Ireland fiddle champion. Eileen has shared the stage with Sting, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains,


Patti Smith, Al Di Meola and Steve Gadd.

Each family of instruments has its own unique set of sounds and

Her music can be heard on several movie

characteristics. Different cultures have interpreted the way these

soundtracks, including Gangs of New York. She’s performed for presidents and

instruments can be played and how their music can be written,

royalty worldwide. Fiddler Eileen Ivers has

resulting in a diverse range of musical styles across the globe.

established herself as the pre-eminent

The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra has included many diverse

exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world of

instruments in its programming, in addition to performing common

music today.

instruments of today as interpreted by different geographies and cultural entities.


Carley Miller becomes executive director.





A good concert, like a great meal, has some elements, which are familiar to our


palate, and some elements, which thrill us with something new. When choosing


concert repertoire, many things are considered. There must be a variety of


styles, feelings and characters. Frankly, there is a dizzying number of works in

“It was a delightful experience to present the Concerto for Violin and Tabla by Shirish Korde. Hearing the huge palate of sounds made by the tabla, the trancelike drone of the shruti box and the hypnotic melodies in the violin, was like a welcoming entry point into a whole new world of music.”

standard repertoire, from all over the world, which need to be heard. At the same time, voices of living composers who create new works, keeping the art of great symphonic music alive, must also have a place on our programs. UNIQUE PERFORMANCES & COMMUNITY OUTREACH The FVSO has enjoyed performing a unique variety of compositions and instrumentation from around the world. From performances such as Eileen Ivers’ Celtic Celebration, to collaborations such as Shirish Korde’s Concerto for Violin and Tabla and Robert Belenic’s Spanish guitar-playing, the ensemble has been able to hear musical styles from Ireland, India, Croatia and beyond. Accompanying many of these works have been complementary performances and exhibits from local dancers, artists and performers.

October 7, 2000

October 6, 2001

December 15, 2001

Overture for the End of a Century

35th anniversary season begins with the premiere

Holiday Concert included world premiere of The Christmas Suite by

by Libby Larsen, is featured during

performance of Earth Day Portrait by Winneconne-

Maury Laws, adapted from his music composed for Rankin/Bass

the first concert of the 21st Century.

based composer John Harmon (commissioned by

television specials (commissioned by The Chicago Brass Quintet,

Earth/ArtSM Resources, Inc. of Madison).

the Fox Valley Symphony, and the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra).




With the goal to extend the symphony’s presence outside of the main stage and


into a more casual and unexpected environment, passionate organizers partnered with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to form a new, entertaining experience called Brats, Beer and Beethoven in 2015 at Fox Cities Stadium. This free, family-friendly


community event has since become the perfect celebration to kick-off the


Fourth of July weekend — and of course, the upcoming Fox Valley Symphony


Orchestra concert season.


By bringing symphonic music to the ballpark, community members have the opportunity to participate in a unique experience, listening to the FVSO perform music under the stars, while enjoying stadium food and a grand fireworks show


at the end of the evening. Concert repertoire includes fan favorites ranging from


patriotic and traditional classics to movie soundtracks and pop tunes.

Fall 2002

December 7—8, 2002

April 26, 2003

Symphony office moves to the new Appleton Art Center,

The FVSO becomes a resident partner of the newly

The White Heron Chorale, Lawrence Concert Choir,

111 W. College Ave., to co-locate with other arts groups.

opened Fox Cities Performing Arts Center beginning

Lawrence Chorale, Lawrence Women’s Choir and

The Center would eventually house The Trout Museum of Art

with the holiday concert featuring The Nutcracker

Appleton Boychoir combine with the Symphony to

and be renamed The Fox Cities Building for the Arts.

Ballet with the Moscow Classical Ballet.

present Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

FVSO SENIOR OUTREACH SERIES This series of small group concerts presented in partnership with local senior living communities seeks to expand the accessibility of Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. In addition to reaching the residents of the senior communities hosting the concerts, all of the concerts are free and open to the public. As FVSO executive director Jamie LaFreniere says, “The power of music is undeniable, especially for aging adults.” The senior outreach series helps the FVSO reach people who may no longer be able to attend concerts in a traditional performance venue.

OPERATION OVERTURE As part of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra’s 45th

IN HARMONY Started in 2017, this program partners FVSO musicians playing in string quartets with music therapists and music education students to present a series of performances that engage participants with special needs. The program was piloted at Madison Middle School, Appleton West High School, and the CP Center in Kimberly. COMMUNITY BENEFIT Collaborating with local organizations to help raise funds and awareness through the performance of music has been a long-standing priority of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. During the 50th anniversary season, Appleton North alumna Hillary Reynolds (member of the band Peridot), performed with the FVSO in support of Womens’ Fund. Previous partnerships have also included the Fox Valley Humane Society, St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley, and the Building for Kids Children’s Museum.

anniversary season, a grant from the Community Foundation provided the opportunity for a long-time goal on the FVSO wish list. Through Operation Overture, small groups of musicians gave free public performances at locations where the community would least expect to find a classical ensemble. These atypical concert venues included fitness centers, restaurants and grocery stores. Former FVSO executive director Rosie Cannizzo shared that this program allowed the Fox Valley Symphony to bring music to the community, rather than making individuals always gather in a formal concert venue. Cannizzo stated, “It’s a wonderful surprise for people to show up at the grocery store to do their shopping and discover they get to listen to great music performed by symphony members — who also happen to be their neighbors, teachers, and friends.”

2004— 2005


January 2006

Marta Weldon becomes

40th anniversary season features Lorin Hollander, piano;

FVSO joins local classic rock cover

executive director.

Timothy Fain, violin; Garrison Keillor; and the world premiere

band Vic Ferrari for “Rock the

of Chris Brubeck’s Quiet Heroes — A Symphonic Salute to the

Classics” at Waverly Beach.

Flag Raisers at Iwo Jima, commissioned by the FVSO.

FOX VALLEY SYMPHONY LEAGUE The Fox Valley Symphony League was a group of dedicated Fox Valley community women who worked to support the FVSO through volunteer efforts from 1967 — 2007. The group was involved in many ways, including sponsorship of the annual youth soloist competition, pre-concert discussions, postconcert receptions in addition to fundraising efforts. The Symphony League played an integral part in preserving the symphony, creating awareness and growing musical enrichment in our community. FOX VALLEY SINFONIA


On March 11, 2015, more than 50 community leaders

The FVSO is grateful for all of the individuals who

and businesses took part in the first-ever Fox Valley

so generously share their hard-earned dollars with

Sinfonia event— a truly unique musical fundraiser.

the organization.

The entrance requirement? Players must either possess no prior musical training, or if they do, they must play an


instrument entirely new to them.

FVSO chair sponsors are corporations, organizations and individuals who make an annual commitment

Local music teachers generously donated their time

to support one or more musician chairs in the

to teach the basics of each new instrument and after a

orchestra. Often times, selections are made based

limited number of full ensemble rehearsals, the group of

on a personal connection to the music or fondness

brave souls was ready to perform for an evening of “bad

of a particular instrument or musician. Chair sponsors

music for a good cause.”

have a direct impact on the musicians and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra’s ability to continue to

The new “musicians,” audience members and countless

attract talented musicians of the highest caliber.

others who were also involved worked to raise capital, support and general awareness for the FVSO, resulting


in an incredibly fun and successful evening. The concert/

The Encore Society is a group of Fox Valley

comedy act was an overwhelming success and has

Symphony supporters who have set up a planned

since become a much-anticipated annual event.

future contribution to the organization through a bequest or a gift, such as securities, real estate,


retirement plan assets, or life insurance. This helps them leave a lasting, personal legacy so that future generations can continue to enjoy orchestral music.

Presidents of the Symphony League Jean Adams Mary Grist Dodie Strauss Roberta Roloff


Dorothy Ann Evans Trudy Baker Ruth Haviland Jean Miller LeBrun Frye Carol Dresser Elva Johnson Arline Laurino Nancy Rice Barbara Boren Jeanette Kranzusch Lorna Kuehl Leslie B. Hamilton Kay Bartz Priscilla Daniels

For more than 50 years, the people and organizations in the Fox Cities community have very generously supported the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra through donations and sponsorships a true testimony of the passion our friends and neighbors have for the arts and symphonic music. We are honored every single time we receive a gift from one of our generous friends. It means they have found us worthy enough to invest their hardearned resources in our mission, in our musicians and in our community. Their generosity will ensure that we are still delighting audiences 50 years from now.


Jennifer Johnson

Linda Drezdzon

Carolyn Ragusett

FVSO Development Director


Special thanks to ALL of the individuals and organizations who sponsored our 50th anniversary season concerts, education programs, and outreach events.

THE IMPACT OF COLLABORATION The 50th anniversary season ended in grand style in collaboration with newVoices. The orchestra and chorus came together to perform the masterful Sea Symphony.

Grand Finale May 6, 2017 in collaboration with newVoices

The composition’s text, taken from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, celebrates both life and humanity — the perfect way to commemorate all that have worked

John Ireland


The Forgotten Rite

William Walton




FVSO. Without our dedicated community and collaborative partners, the FVSO would

Coronation te Deum

Ralph Vaughan Williams

together to contribute to the success of the



Symphony No. 1 (“A Sea Symphony”)

A Song for All Seas, All Ships

On the Beach at Night Alone

not be here to perform today.

Scherzo: The Waves


The Explorers

The FVSO collaboration with newVoices dates back many years. Formed as the Wisconsin Vocal Ensemble in 1978, the group became the White Heron Chorale in the 1980s before taking the name they have today. The first joint performance took place in November 1979 and has since included Carmina Burana, various pops concerts, Madrigal dinners and more. A grant from the U.S. Venture Foundation will help fund three more joint performances.

May 3, 2008

June 14, 2008

First local performance of The Baseball

The All-American Outdoor Concert takes

Music Project, composed and arranged by

place at Fox Cities Stadium, with the Appleton

Fred Sturm and Maury Laws; narrator was

Boychoir, Phoenix Boys Choir, Attic Theatre, and

former New York Yankee Dave Winfield.

fireworks during the 1812 Overture grand finale.

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY COLLABORATION They probably didn’t realize it at the time, but fifty years ago, the FVSO founders started a tradition of local collaboration that thrives to this day. The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra has a long history of involving groups and individuals from across the region, giving them both a chance to grow by working together, and an audience for displaying their craft.


In addition to the White Heron Chorale/newVoices relationship, here are some of the other local guests who have performed with the FVSO:

season’s featured performances.

The FVSO 50th anniversary season fostered additional artistic partners, including commissioning talented local artists to create original artwork inspired by music from each of the Prints of the artwork were available for purchase at each event as a way

Theater: Riverside Players, Attic Theatre

Dance: Makaroff School of Ballet and Youth Ballet, Children’s Ballet Theater,

for audience members to take the beauty and inspiration of the concert

Marcia’s School of Dance, Vision Dance Theater

Youth Choirs: Appleton Boychoir, Allegretto Girl Choir, Badger State Girl Choir

home as a lasting memento. Featured

Lawrence University: Concert Choir and Chorale, Women’s Choir, Jazz Ensemble

artists included Cristian Andersson

Community Choruses: Fox Valley Philharmonic Chorus, Fox Valley Symphony Chorale

(artwork pictured above), Ezra Saum

Other collaborators include the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, the Building for Kids Children’s Museum, The Trout Museum of Art, the Appleton Area School District, and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

selected as part of the Big Arts in the Little Apple program), Emily Reetz, Stephanie Harvey and Lee Mothes.

2009— 2010

2011— 2012

Fox Valley Youth Orchestras

Roseanna Cannizzo becomes

Jamie LaFreniere becomes

celebrate 35 years.

executive director during the

executive director.

45th anniversary season.


of Highlands Elementary (artwork

2014— 2015


The FVSO is a community gem that we need to continue to polish and protect. If we do, we’ll be assured to have great musicians and music forever. JEFF AMSTUTZ

and educate our youth.

Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Board President

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS who have consistently celebrated with us, some for all fifty years.


VOLUNTEERS for helping with

provide guidance and direction to

anything from stuffing envelopes

DONORS who recognize that

ensure the FVSO fulfills its promise

to coordinating large-scale events.

supporting the FVSO elevates the

to the community.

quality of life in our community.


know that attendance at an FVSO


who volunteer their time and

concert will provide an evening of

FOUNDATIONS who understand

talents to enhance the symphony’s

symphonic entertainment.

that investing in the FVSO through

professional support.

concert and education program


sponsorships ensures that we may

DEDICATED STAFF who go above

from youth orchestras to

continue to bring renowned guest

and beyond to share the gift of

educational and outreach programs,

artists and important education

music with the community.

benefiting from the enrichment of a

initiatives to our youth.

musical experience.

March 21, 2015

July 2, 2015

Debut of annual Fox Valley Sinfonia

First Brats, Beer & Beethoven free family

fundraiser — “a night of terrible music

concert at Fox Cities Stadium draws more

for a great cause.”

than 3,500 people.

2016— 2017

New FVSO logo and 50th anniversary version created by A2Z Design.

Board Presidents through the years April 1966 — Robert E. Najem Dec. 1966 — Lorren A. Schroeder 1967-68 — Robert Sigman 1968-69 — Victor G. Zaremba 1969-70 — Dr. George Potter 1970-71 — Dr. Robert Johnson 1971-72 — Gavin W. Young 1972-73 — Dr. John Harris 1973-74 — Warren Wilson 1974-76 — Nathan Burstein 1976-78 — Anthony Cusatis 1978-80 — F. James Grist 1980-82 — Richard L. Hamilton 1982-83 — F. James Grist 1983-87 — Dr. Kenneth Walter 1987-89 — Phillip Snyder 1989-91 — Richard L. Hamilton 1991-94 — Robert Young 1994 -96 — William Lamm 1996-98 — Dr. Robert Kinde 1998 -2000 — Jack Herb

Every time your Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra musicians step out onto the stage, there is a sense of community that has been the FVSO’s lifeblood since its founding in 1966. It is this broad community that has allowed us to grow and thrive, and to set the stage for this treasure to look forward to another fifty years.

2000-02 — Thomas Gottsacker

Passionate Concert- Goer December 30, 2016

2002-04 — Karen Laws 2004-06 — Sally Mielke 2006-08 — Mary Harp-Jirschele 2008 -10 — Renee Boldt MONTH XX, YEAR

2010 -12 — Phillip Snyder 2012 -14 — Beth Flaherty

2016— 2017

September 28, 2016

Community outreach continues with the creation of Big Arts in

50th Anniversary Season

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the Little Apple in partership with The Building for Kids Children’s

opens with guest artist

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Museum, In Harmony for children and adults with special needs,

Itzhak Perlman, violin.

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and the Senior Outreach Series at senior living communities.

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2014 -15 — Peter Gianopoulos 2015 -17 — Jeff Amstutz


Viola Barbara Beechey

Oboe/English Horn Jennifer Hodges Bryan

Trombone/Bass Trombone Kyle Samuelson





Associate Concertmaster

Assistant Principal

Alyssa Kupinski Justyna Lutow-Resch Assistant Concertmaster

Danielle Simandl

Principal, Second Violin

Angelica D’Costa

Assistant Principal, Second Violin

Janet Bond Sutter Caroline Brandenberger Andrea Buchta Catherine Bush Jennifer Coopman Melissa Gurholt Mishan Han Rachel Hofmann Dorothy Hollenbach Nori Kalman Tim Kamps Sarah Koenigs Masha Lakisova Erik Leveille Jerry Loughney Wes Luke Huy Luu Jerad Miller Alicia Mose Lori Murphy Audrey Nowak Xavier Pleindoux Ashley Rewolinski Amir Rosenbaum Brian Sas Jill Sousek Marvin Suson Laura Thompson Ann Wendel

Renata Hornik Jane Bradshaw Finch Sam Grabow Julie Handwerker T.J. Hull Cheryl Konkol Hilary Mercer Matthew Michelic Steven Schani Ann Stephan Tara Stevenson Marvin Suson Melissa Lund Ziegler

Heidi Hess Andrea Gross Hixon Leslie Outland Michelic Ethan Wege Clarinet/E-flat/Bass Chris Zello Principal

David Bell Theresa Martin Amy McCann Bernie Parish Orlando Pimentel Penny Paiser Wilson

Cello Laura Kenney Henckel

Bassoon Patricia Holland



Charles Stephan Assistant Principal

Heather Anderson Jonathan Hodges Nancy Kaphaem Catherine Smith Stephanie Smith Kimberly Souther David Veum Carrie Willer, Ph.D. Bass Susan Sullivan Principal

Doug Bistrow Scott Breyer Chuck Grosz Mike Hennessy Emmett Jackson Steven Rindt Andrew Sachen Ronna Swift Mark Urness Flute/Piccolo Linda Nielsen Korducki Principal

Suzanne Bunker Jordheim Kortney James Beth Kinzel

Michael Clayville Michael Dugan Roy Fine Eric High Eric Larsen Rick Seybold Tuba Marty Erickson Principal

Tom Curry Rick Seybold Percussion Jim Robl Principal

Scott Elford Justin Gingrich Marisol Kuborn Fred Poppe

Libby Garrett Sharon Peterson Carol Rosing

Timpani Paul Ristau

Horn Bruce Atwell



Katherine Seybold

Harp Alison Attar

Assistant Principal

Kelly Haselhuhn Josh Hernday Kelly Hofman Kathryn Krubsack Paul Litterio Elizabeth Olson Andy Parks Keith Powell Richard Tremarello Alex Witt


Nancy Drabot Kelsey Molinari Rebecca Royce Piano/Keyboards Sarah Kiefer Principal

Staff Eric Larsen

Trumpet Michael Henckel

Personnel Manager

Janet Bond Sutter Music Librarian


David Cooper John Daniel Matt Granatella Justin Olson Marty Robinson Rand Skelton Kevin Wood

Scott Breyer

Stage Manager

November 19, 2016

May 6, 2017

The graphic score premieres new

FVSO 50th anniversary season

educational concept to guide the

concludes in grand finale concert

audience through a particular work, starting

in collaboration with newVoices

with Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben.

featuring A Sea Symphony.


Jamie LaFreniere Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Executive Director

It is truly overwhelming to look back on our fifty years and see how far we’ve come. Every note played, on every piece, at every concert, is a true testament to the dedication and skill of our musicians. From our first volunteers back in 1966, to the professionals you see on our stage today, we have been honored to work with them in bringing music to our community. These are more than paid players — they are our teachers, professors, coaches, friends and family. Without them, there is no music. We’ve also been blessed to have Maestro Groner for more than two decades, leading us to new levels of artistic excellence and broadening our musical experience both onand off-stage. His vision has brought us to where we are now and certainly sets the stage for where we hope to be in the future. His legacy will continue on with all of us long after he takes his final bow at the conclusion of next season. Our chief motivation in plotting the course forward has always been the enjoyment of our audience. Without you in our house, at our concerts, attending our events, there would be no symphony. Your continued support over the years has meant so much to all of us. Our donors’ and sponsors’ generosity always amazes us and we thank them for supporting our programs. We also thank the season ticket holders who have been loyal attendees all these years. And let’s not forget the family who takes their young music student to one of our concerts for the first time, generating a passion for music that will someday lead them to join us on stage, sustaining our orchestra for generations to come. With such strong ties to our community, we look forward to growing with all of you, and sustaining our mission for another fifty years — and beyond.



SPECIAL THANKS TO: Roberta Roloff, Mary Jane Dunwiddie, Betty Helms, and Jerry Koleske for writing brief summaries of early FVSO history. Jeanette Bayer for her “History of the Fox Valley Symphony League” for its 25th anniversary (1992). Tom and Janet Bond Sutter and their predecessors for collecting programs, articles and other historical artifacts. Jenny Vanden Heuvel of JVH Graphic Design for creative direction, concepting, copywriting and design. Rich Redman of The Dialogue Partnershop, LLC for research, content direction, copywriting and editing. Janet Bond Sutter, Ronna Swift, Karen Laws, Addie Teeters, Aaron Hahn, Oliver Zornow, Linda Drezdzon, Jamie LaFreniere, and Brian Groner for content and content review. NEW Printing for a generous donation of print services.

FVSO - 50 Years of Music and Beyond  

A commemorative look at the first 50 years of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.

FVSO - 50 Years of Music and Beyond  

A commemorative look at the first 50 years of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.