Fox Valley Symphony to perform at Buttermilk Creek Park June 23

June 23, 2010

The Fox Valley Symphony will make its Fond du Lac debut on Wednesday, June 23.

The performance at 7:15 p.m. is the second of 10 free Buttermilk Festival events at Buttermilk Creek Park in Fond du Lac.

The program of light classics will be conducted by Brazilian-born Lucia Matos.

Currently on the faculty at Northern Illinois University where she is music director of the NIU Philharmonic and Opera Theater, Matos has appeared with numerous orchestras in the United States, Brazil and Europe and has recorded a CD with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.

Matos has been assistant conductor for two professional orchestras in Brazil and received a master of music and doctor of musical arts from the University of Iowa.

The program Matos will conduct includes "Overture to Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart, Johann Strauss' "Roses from the South Waltzes," "Carmen Suite No. 1" by Bizet, and works by Rossini, Grieg, Elgar and Sibelius.

In 43 seasons since the Fox Valley Symphony was organized in 1966, it has grown from an amateur community-based orchestra to a semi-professional ensemble that attracts musicians from not only northeast Wisconsin but throughout the state and the Chicago area. The current budget of more than $700,000 funds 10 to 13 classical, pops, chamber music and educational concerts annually, along with several fee-for-service concerts each season.

Brian Groner, sixth conductor of the Fox Valley Symphony since its inception, has served as music director since 1995.

In addition to its own concerts, the Fox Valley Symphony supports three youth and education programs. They include Partners in Education, a curriculum-based, interdisciplinary program designed for third and fourth grade students; FVS Youth Orchestras; and the FVS Youth Soloist Competition.

Food concessions, serving sandwiches, snacks, soda and desserts will be available beginning at 6 p.m., hosted by the Mercury Marine and Eden Stone Relay for Life Teams.

Sponsors for this year's event include the Stone Foundation, National Exchange Bank and Trust, and Margaret Banta Humleker. Funding is also being provided by the Friends of the Festival and a freewill offering that will be received during the concert.

The Fox Valley Symphony performance will be moved to the Expo Building at the County Fairgrounds in the event of bad weather.

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