Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra with John O'Conor, Piano
Presented By Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Masterworks I

John O’Conor, Piano

Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Capitol Theater

The WCO continues to remain committed to serving you and keeping you safe during the current health crisis. Given the Overture Center’s fall closing, here are options for our patrons who have purchased tickets to Masterworks I on November 20th.

- Exchange your ticket(s) for a future Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performance. All exchange fees will be waived in this situation. You can wait until John O’Conor returns in April 2022 or exchange your ticket for our Masterworks VI performance of Yolanda Kondonassis.
- Donate your ticket(s) and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value.
- Receive a refund for the value of the ticket(s).

Ticket holders should email Jan Anderson, Box Office Manager of the WCO, with which option they would like to choose. More information.



Ages 6 and up


Igor Stravinsky | Septet
Luigi Cherubini | Symphony in D major
Ludwig van Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor


John O’Conor’s gift for Beethoven never disappoints. Loved by our orchestra and audience alike, O’Conor is a statesman and musical icon. He will be performing the Emperor Concerto, so named for its grandeur and highly sophisticated form. This is Beethoven at his most intense, personal, and sublime. So much so that in this capacity we are treating it as the main course or the steak, putting it in the second half, more like a symphony, with Stravinsky and Cherubini as appetizers and a salad.

Stravinsky’s Septet and Cherubini’s Symphony No. 1 open the concert. Stravinsky, an early twentieth-century composer, is spicy and spiky; the dissonance and pared-down instrument combination adds curiosity and variety. Luigi Cherubini (1760 to 1842) is a composer who composed mainly operas in the grand French tradition. His Symphony No. 1 is an excellent example of the classical symphonic form, revealing much about this often-overlooked composer.

- Andrew Sewell, WCO Music Director

Learn more about what to expect at WCO’s Masterworks series here

Enjoy the Masterworks Pre-Concert Dinner experience! More information, here