You won’t hear them on the radio or see them at Target Center, but the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra lights up the stage six times each year at Wayzata Community Church.
Instrumentalist and current conductor Marlene Pauley notes that the group performs new pieces, as well as old favorites. “We present works that are familiar, but there will always be something that stretches the ear a bit, an unusual piece,” she says.
That’s part of the beauty of Wayzata’s community orchestra. The 65 members aren’t simply performers—they’re also teachers, with Pauley front and center. She delivers commentary, explains compositions and advises audiences on what to listen for. Pauley notes that Wayzata has not felt any direct effects from the recent SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra strikes.
Violist Dawn Anderson has been playing for more than 20 years and joined the orchestra at its start four years ago. “I enjoy the music that is created out of nothing. Out of the silence comes incredible, stirring music,” she says.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
WHAT: Wayzata Community Church Chancel Choir with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra
WHERE: Wayzata Community Church
WHEN: March 23, 3 p.m.