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Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra 2023-24 Concert Season

Sunday, Oct. 15th, 2023 at 3:00pm at the WEAC Auditorium
“Mysterious Orchestra”
Featuring: The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snickett and Nathanial Stookey
Narrated by Anton Switajewksi (the Detective)
ET: Adventures on Earth
Petite Suite de Concert: Nanette’s Caprice

Anton Switajewksi is a local photographer, filmmaker, writer, and actor who has been involved with various productions at the Barn Theatre and the Little Theatre Auditorium, and has written, directed, and acted in plays at the Ridgewater College theater. Recently, his film company, Wolf Pack Pictures, premiered the film Finals Week, their first full-length production. The company currently has a YouTube page on which they post their content, mostly consisting of film shorts. Anton is also a musician, and has written and recorded five albums for his one-man project, Pangaea, and has composed music for film shorts and play productions.

-Family Fun
-Come early and INVESTIGATE!
-Doors open at 2:00pm for Mystery Activities for all ages

2:00-2:50 Art Gallery
–>Come meet Clue characters (Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, and Mrs. Peacock) and try out your sleuthing skills with them! They will help you crack codes with cipher wheels, unlock puzzle boxes for clues, and decode secret messages in your attempt to uncover their mystery composers! All super sleuths that try to solve the mystery composers will be put into a drawing for a laser-cut, wooden decoder wheel!
–>Explore mystery activity tables where you can make your own decoder wheel, write messages with invisible ink, and investigate fingerprints!
–>Register for door prizes (Look for the balloon!)
… Four tickets to the Escape Room in Alexandria! (over $100 value and open to everyone)
… Classroom pack of 28 Invisible Ink Pens with UV lights for lucky winner! (K-6 students)

3:00-4:00 “Mysterious Orchestra” Concert in Auditorium
“The Composer is Dead!” —a humorous “whodunit” piece by Lemony Snicket & Nathaniel Stookey, narrated by Anton Switajewski.
–>Kids, come dressed as your favorite detective and parade across the stage to “The Pink Panther” theme!
“Adventures on Earth” from E.T. by John Williams
“Petite Suite de Concert: Nanette’s Caprice” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
–>Door prize drawings

4:00-4:45 Stage and Green Room
–>Instrument Petting Zoo to explore the fun of trying string and percussion instruments with orchestra members.
–>Photo Op with Clue Characters!

*See website for more details!

In Person Concert Tickets
Students are free, but require a ticket for entry. Tickets available at the door, and online.
Adult Tickets $15
Students Free (Age 18 and under)
Purchase Tickets Online by Clicking Here

Sunday, Jan. 14th, 2024 at TBD
“Viennese Connoisseurs Concert”
Triple Concerto by Beethoven
Idomeneo Overture by Mozart
Symphony No 103, E-flat major by Haydn

Sunday, March 14, 2024 at TBD
“A Celtic Carnival”
Irish Rhapsody
Selections from Far and Away
Music from the Lord of the Dance
Donegal to Down

Sunday, May 19, 2024 at TBD
“Young Artists Concert”
Colonial Dance by Price
In Nature’s Realm, Op. 91 by Dvorak
Slavonic Dance, Op. 46 No.8 by Dvorak
Our young artist winner selection

JOIN the Willmar String Connection
String players 18 years and older: Are you interested in playing with an ensemble but aren’t sure the symphony is the right fit for you? Have you taken a long break from your instrument, or are you just learning to play? We have a continuing opportunity for you! If you are interested in playing with the Willmar String Connection, please contact Darlene Schroeder at (320) 599-4700. Take that instrument out of the closet, dust it off, and come play with this informal, fun group!