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Michael Zellgert of St. Cloud will conduct Sunday afternoon’s concert of the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra. Theme of the concert, and the 2013-14 season, is “Fanfares, Themes and Variations.” (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

‘Themes and Variations’ : Theme of Willmar, Minn., Orchestra concert and its entire season


The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra has only had four full-time directors since its inception in 1957.

This year, four different conductors will each direct the ensemble for one rehearsal period and a concert.

Last spring, the orchestra’s conductor of 10 years, Steven Eckblad of St. Cloud, announced that he would not return to conduct for an 11th season. His retirement left the orchestra board to find someone new.

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Ashley White

Ashley White is the community content coordinator for the West Central Tribune. Follow her on Twitter @Ashley_WCT.

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