Red Cedar Symphony History

The Red Cedar Symphony was founded in the fall of 1983 for the purpose of presenting symphonic music experiences to the Rice Lake community. In its first season, the orchestra presented two public concerts under the direction of Sister Shirley Wagner. In 1984 the orchestra engaged the services of Warren Friesen as director and conductor. Under his direction, the orchestra grew numerically, artistically, and financially. It was during Friesen's tenure that the orchestra was incorporated as a non-profit organization.  

Adam in Action

We welcome our new artistic director and conductor, Adam Bever, during the Red Cedar Symphony’s 40th concert year. An accomplished musician, educator, and conductor, he brings more than 20 years of experience to the podium. Bever has a degree in music education from UW-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. He previously served as conductor of the St. Croix Valley Symphony in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Bever conducted his first concert with the Red Cedar Symphony summer concert in August 2023. He lives and works in Rice Lake, where he is the director of the middle school band and the jazz ensemble.

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Upcoming Performances


2024 Spring Concerts  "Majestic Melodies"

Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 7:00pm
Chetek Lutheran Church, Chetek

Sunday, March 3 at 4:00pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, Rice Lake

*No advance purchase of tickets is necessary. General admission: $15. Free for ages 21 and under.

Help Support the Red Cedar Symphony

The Red Cedar Symphony has brought classical music to the Barron County community since 1983. This is all in part due to your generous monetary support through donations, ticket sales, and musician talent.
You may donate at our performances or use our CONTACT PAGE for more details. Thank you!

Your support helps provide:

  • Sheet music and performance rights
  • Instrument purchases
  • Artistic Director/Conductor salary
  • Payment to hired musicians, when necessary
  • Promotion fees and program printing
  • Mileage to musicians coming from a distance
  • and more...
Please contact us if you would like to be involved in the Red Cedar Symphony or if you have any questions.

Thank you for supporting Red Cedar Symphony!

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