The Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra with conductor Jesika Cane and piano soloist Joni Chapman will present “Romantics to Contemporary” Saturday at the Alvord Theatre on the Northland College campus.

Grounded in mythology, folk legend, ethnic folksong, and original American jazz, the concert repertoire will feature the music of Beethoven, Bartok, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, and Gershwin.

Ashland piano soloist and teacher Joni Chapman commented that this performance lays to rest a longstanding issue of sibling competition.

“When I was a youngster, my older sister was preparing a piano duet of “Rhapsody in Blue” for her senior recital. Becky heard me practicing my very easy music and suggested that I just ‘give it up, you’ll never be as good as me.’ Saturday’s performance of Gershwin’s masterwork is a direct result of our rivalry.”

Cane added that it is an honor to rehearse and perform with a local musician of this caliber.

“Joni brings both solid musicianship and infectious enthusiasm to this performance. For years, orchestra members have wanted to play “Rhapsody in Blue” with Joni.”

The CSO is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving Northland College students and local musicians an opportunity to perform symphonic literature and to provide orchestral/choral performances that enrich the cultural life of northern Wisconsin at a price that minimizes financial barriers to attendance.

General admission to the 7:30 p.m. Saturday show is $6, over 64 years - $5, students/children are free. A reception will follow the concert.

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