Wisconsin Philharmonic to Bring the Joy of Music to Janboree

Wisconsin Philharmonic to Bring the Joy of Music to Janboree


Following on the success of its recent Christmas Concert at Carroll University’s Shattuck Auditorium, to an audience of over 700 people, the Wisconsin Philharmonic will bring the joy of orchestral music to the 2018 Waukesha Janboree, presenting a specially-designed Family Concert on Sunday, January 28 at 3.00 pm, at the newly-refurbished St.Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll Street in downtown Waukesha.


In the spirit of the theme of the 2018 Winter Janboree, “Game On!”, the Philharmonic will present two classic, entertaining works for narrator and orchestra — Russian composer Serge Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” and Frank Proto’s more recent American classic, “Casey at the Bat.” The celebrity narrator will be Charles Benson, the noted broadcaster and host from WTMJ-4; Alexander Platt, the Wisconsin Philharmonic’s Music Director, will conduct.


Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” perhaps the most famous of all works composed especially for young audiences, tells the story of Peter, an enterprising young boy in the Russian countryside, who enlists the help of his many friends from the animal kingdom in order to safely ensnare the neighborhood’s problematic local wolf, and lead it to the nearby zoo. Of more recent vintage, Frank Porto’s “Casey at the Bat” is an ingenious setting for narrator and orchestra of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s immortal baseball poem of 1888, telling the melancholy tale of how “The Mighty Casey”, star slugger of the Mudville Nine, finally gets his needed comeuppance. Thayer’s poem may famously state that “There is no joy in Mudville”, but Porto’s setting results in a charming work of Americana that is a perfect marriage of two of the greatest American traditions — classical music, and baseball.


This concert will be a perfect way for families to introduce young children to the joy of symphonic music, and to the lifelong joy of playing an orchestral instrument. The 3pm concert, which will last about an hour, will be preceded at 2pm with an Instrument Petting Zoo, in which Philharmonic musicians will personally demonstrate musical instruments to children, and allow them to try them on for themselves. If your children would like to discover the world of the orchestra, then this concert is the perfect opportunity.


More information can be found at the Wisconsin Philharmonic’s website, www.wisphil.org,or by calling the Philharmonic office at 262.547.1858.



Venue: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church – Waukesha, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha, WI 53186 

Date & Times: Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets: $10 Adults, Kids Free

Box Office: 234 W Main St. #9 Waukesha, WI 53186, (262)-547-1858 or online at www.wisphil.org



About the Wisconsin Philharmonic

Founded in 1947 as the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, proudly based in Waukesha County, is one of the finest small professional orchestras in the Upper Midwest, presenting classical, pops, and educational performances of an unusually high level, making it (in the words of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond), “a vital part of the musical ecosystem” of Southeastern Wisconsin. Alexander Platt is only the fifth Music Director in the Philharmonic’s 70-year history, having been preceded by the orchestra’s founder, the great Austrian conductor Milton Weber, and the late German conductor Otto-Werner Mueller, professor at Yale, UW-Madison, the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, and widely esteemed as one of the greatest conducting teachers of the 20th century.


Join us for our upcoming concerts in the 2017-2018 season: “Catch a Rising Star,” March 11, 2018 at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, “Chamber Series at Waukesha Civic Theatre,” March 20, 2018, “Inspirational Women – Inspirational Music,” April 10, 2018 at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center.



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