2008 Spring Concert

The concert will feature Emily Vanda, Jordyn Beranek, Susan Halderman, Cheri Sorenson & Adam Klefstad, the winners of the 2008 Concerto Competition sponsored by the Red Cedar Symphony.  Click on names for details.

Featuring the 2nd annual Silent Auction with many delightful items.

Please assist us in supporting the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra by bidding on the Silent Auction items in the Lobby.  Ticket proceeds alone do not cover the expense of producing concerts.  We need further assistance through grants and donations such as yours. When you contribute to the Red Cedar Symphony, you join with others who believe that the arts enhance our quality of life.  The people of northwestern Wisconsin enjoy a wealth of talent through its theatre groups, visual artists, and musical groups. Red Cedar Symphony is one unique facet of that cultural gem.

The Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra Members and Board of Directors gratefully acknowledge and thank the following individuals and businesses for donating generously to the 2nd Annual Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra Silent Auction:
Bodyology Massage, Dairy State Bank, Headquarter's Hair Salon, Johnson Bank, Lehman's Supper Club, Marketplace Foods of Rice Lake, Northern Star Theatre, Red Barn Theatre, Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra, Taco John's Restaurant, Peter & Pamela Neal, Doug & Sue Raether, Richard & Mary Updike

The concert will be guest conducted by Josh Aerie, an experienced conductor, educator, chamber musician, and performing and recording artist. Josh received his Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Colorado, and completed his undergraduate work at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Oberlin College, where he received both a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Anthropology. 

Mr. Aerie currently lives in Duluth, Minnesota, and is on the music faculty at both the College of St. Scholastica and Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. In 2007 he was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Mesabi Community Orchestra, currently in its 30th season. Mr. Aerie also conducts the Duluth Community Orchestra and in the summer of 2007, founded the Woodland Chamber Music Workshop.

He has performed numerous public cello recitals in the Northland, collaborated with the area's foremost musicians in chamber music, and is a founding member of the Gichigami Piano Trio. Additionally, he serves as Principal Cellist of both the Duluth Festival Opera and Lyric Opera of the North.

Before moving to Duluth in 2006, Mr. Aerie lived in the Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles areas. He has performed with numerous orchestras and for various dignitaries, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Anthony Principi, foreign ambassadors, and members of congress. He has played at the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tanglewood, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian museums, and has appeared on numerous recordings, film soundtracks, and nationally-syndicated television programs.

Emily Vanda, a mezzo soprano from Spooner, will perform Gluck's "Che faro senza Euridice?" from Orfeo Ed Euridice. Emily is a senior at Spooner High School where she is a member of the select choir. She has also been involved with the Spooner Community Choir, and has sung with the WSMA treble choir. Along with going to the WI State Solo and Ensemble Festival on several occasions, Emily has received the Dorothy Keith Award twice for competing in the Intermezzo Music Award Auditions. Vanda plans to attend UW-Superior next year and study Vocal Performance.  

Jordyn Beranek, a soprano of Rice Lake, will perform Gounod's "Ah! Je veux vivre (from Romeo and Juliette)". Jordyn is a junior at Rice Lake High School where she is a member of the Blue and Gold Show Choirs. She has also performed with school & church choirs and the Red Cedar Chorus. She has performed with the WSMA Honors Choirs, at the UW-EC Clearwater Choral Festival and has been involved with her high school drama department and the Northern Star Theatre. Recent roles include: Princess Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress and Cosette in Les Miserables. She has been active in both district and state Solo/Ensembles and was recently chosen as a national finalist for Classical Singer's scholarship competition. Beranek plans to attend a 4-year college and major in voice performance and music education.

Susan Halderman of Eau Claire, will perform Vivaldi's "Concerto in A Minor op. 26, no. 2" for cello. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of WI - Oshkosh, and a Master of Music degree from Kent State University. She has taught public school orchestra in Mississippi and South Carolina and has played cello in many orchestras including the Oshkosh Symphony, Canton Symphony ()H), Meridian Symphony (MS), Mississippi Symphony and presently performs with the Eau Claire Chamber orchestra, the Chippewa Valley Symphony and the Red Cedar Symphony. She has created two cello ensembles: the Eau Claire Cello Ensemble and the Chippewa Valley Cello Ensemble. She has taught private cello lessons since college and currently runs a cello studio, The Cello Connection, in Eau Claire.

Cheri Sorenson of Rice Lake, will perform Albert Franz Doppler's "Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise op. 26" for flute. Cheri started playing flute at the age of 8 and after high school toured with the USA Band. She graduated from the U of MN with a degree in Math Education. Cheri has been involved with playing flute for numerous church ensembles, pit orchestras and community musicals. She has provided music for many weddings. Cheri has performed with community bands in Albuquerque, NM, Chicago, IL and Rice Lake. She most recently performed with the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra in the Fall, 2007 concert.

Adam Klefstad of Boyceville and a junior at Prairie Farm High School will perform Rimsky-Korsakov's "Concerto for Trombone". Adam has performed musically at many church services and with his church youth group, church choir, and the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in all-conference bands, state FFA bands and the WI School of Music Association (WSMA) State Honors band. Adam plans to continue his music by playing piano and trombone for church and performing in several various music groups. 

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