RCSO Spring 2014 Concert

The Spring 2014 Concert series, under the direction of Dr Aurélien Pétillot and featuring the 2014 Concerto Competition winners, Erik Grover-pianist, and Erin Peters-Mezzo-Soprano, was well received and highly applauded by the audiences.

RCSO enjoyed and greatly appreciated the leadership, musicality, and professionalism of Dr Aurélien Pétillot. Although the interaction with Aurélien was brief, the orchestra significantly benefited from his conducting style and his dynamic and positive approach in guiding the orchestra through rehearsals resulting in a notable concert.

RCSO thanks Aurélien and wishes him the best in the future. Should our paths cross again, RCSO would welcome Aurélien with open arms and warm hearts.

Enjoy a slideshow of the Red Cedar Symphony rehearsing and performing the 2014 Spring Concert  Photos by Earl Cook,Copyright © 2014, All rights reserved.

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Coming Events...

Play Until They Pay, July 5, 2014, MarketPlace Foods:

This event is the third in a series of fund-raising events hosted by MarketPlace Foods. Individual and groups of musicians from the Red Cedar Symphony will fill one hour segments of this event with performances of selections of their choice. Look for us just to the left of the cantaloupes and in front of the canned tomatoes by the MarketPlace's main entrance.

The event attracts considerable interest from MarketPlace customers and nicely projects Red Cedar Symphony's talent and contributions to the Rice Lake community.

Drop by MarketPlace and listen to some good music and contribute to the Red Cedar Symphony, Northwest Wisconsin's Premier Community Symphony Orchestra.

Concert in the Park, August 7, 2014:

Kevin Peters, Guest Artistic Director and Conductor

The Concert in the Park will be a concert of light and familiar compositions performed by a group of the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra's members.

Bring your picnic dinner and join us for a nice summer evening's entertainment.

2014 Fall Concert Series, November, 2014:

Kevin Peters, Guest Artistic Director and Conductor

A Concert of the traditional classics performed at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County, Rice Lake and at a second as yet undetermined venue.

Details on program, venues, dates, and performance times will be forth coming.

2015 Spring Concert Series, April, 2015:

Kevin Hoeschen, Guest Artistic Director and Conductor

A Concert of the traditional classics performed at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County, Rice Lake and at a second as yet undetermined venue.

Details on program, venues, dates, and performance times will be forth coming.


Fall 2014 Guest Artistic Director and Conductor

Kevin Peters

Kevin Peters recently graduated with his Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting at Ithaca College where he conducted nearly every major instrumental ensemble, including several performances as the orchestra director with the nationally recognized theater program at Ithaca College. As a graduate student, Kevin authored an article about choosing quality literature for school bands, which was published in May 2013 in the “Winds” magazine, a British wind band publication. Kevin currently works as an artist representative for Arts Management Associates and is the manager and exclusive agent for the Dallas Brass.

Kevin has served as Music Director of the Neenah Community Band and the Ithaca Concert Band. He has conducted many community theater productions, coordinated and directed a summer theater camp, spent six years as Director of Bands at Xavier High School in Appleton, Wisconsin and one year as a music teacher in Ithaca, NY. Kevin attended the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music earning bachelor of music education and trombone performance degrees. Kevin and his wife, a professional singer and choir teacher, now reside in northern Wisconsin with their son Miles, and a chocolate lab, Burt.



Spring 2015 Guest Artistic Director and Conductor

Kevin Hoeschen

Kevin Hoeschen has been a violist in the Duluth Superior Symphony since 1978, serving as Principal Viola since 1982. He has been a guest conductor for the Symphony on numerous occasions, including performances at Big Top Chautauqua, and he has directed the DSSO’s Youth Symphony since 1988.

Kevin received his degrees in Musicology and Music Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. While at the University, Kevin studied viola with Gaetano Molieri, John Tartaglia and Salvatore Venittelli. He also studied ethnomusicology under the guidance of Dr. Alan Kagan, and conducted fieldwork in Ghana, West Africa and in the Upper Midwest, specializing in Norwegian immigrant music. His study of Norwegian music led to a Fulbright grant to study at the University of Trondheim, Norway, where he also performed with the Trondheim Chamber Orchestra.

Kevin's career as a music educator in Northern Wisconsin has spanned more than four decades. He served as Orchestra Director in the Ashland Public Schools from 1978 to 1988 and in the Superior Public Schools from 1988 to 2008. Currently retired from public school teaching, Kevin continues to teach at the University of Wisconsin, Superior, where he teaches viola lessons, guest conducts the UWS Orchestra, and teaches courses in World Music, Music Appreciation and String Techniques.

Kevin lives in Duluth, Minnesota with his wife, Carol. They also enjoy their times at their cabin west of Minong, which is conveniently located halfway between Duluth and Rice Lake!


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