Fantastic “Fantasia”: the CWU Orchestra Revives a Beloved Classic

riteofspring_WCAThe CWU Orchestra is partnering with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra to present a centennial commemoration of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” as part of YSO’s performance of “Music of Fantasia” at Central Washington University. Be carried away by this spectacular performance Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jerilyn McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $5 for CWU students and seniors and $10 for general admission and are available at Whether familiar with the music from the 1940 hit film “Fantasia” or not, this concert is sure to delight.

As one of the most important and influential compositions of the 20th century, “The Rite of Spring” is an opportune piece for the CWU Orchestra to perform with YSO.

“The opportunity to work with the professional musicians of the Yakima Symphony is an invaluable experience for our music students. Moreover, they get to perform a piece that turns exactly 100 years old this year,” commented Dr. Nikolas Caoile, director of CWU Orchestral Activities.

Along with the YSO and CWU collaboration on “The Rite of Spring,” spectators will be swept away by YSO’s performance of two other works from “Fantasia” including Beethoven’s sixth symphony “Pastorale” and Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

“It’s a real pleasure to work with Dr. Caoile and the CWU Orchestra on this concert. The Department of Music at CWU is particularly strong, and this project gives YSO a chance to show that there is actually a lot of extraordinary music-making happening at Central Washington at both professional and student levels. I think it’s a natural collaboration between two institutions that both probably surprise a lot of newcomers with the quality of their work,” added David Rogers, YSO executive director.

Many grew up with the film “Fantasia” and for them the music of this performance will be a familiar and beloved spectacle. For those who haven’t seen the film, there is no better chance than this to be charmed by the works for the first time. Anyone with a love of music, drama or storytelling can’t afford to miss “Music of Fantasia.”

For more information, please contact the CWU Music Department at 509-963-1216 or

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