The Friends of the Symphony are excited to announce the 1st Annual Sights and Sounds Concert on Sunday, September 20th, 2015!

The CVSO has just concluded their 40th season of performances and the Friends of the Symphony thought an event at the Mabel Tainter would be appropriate as the CVSO held some of their first performances in the space. 

As a farewell toast to CVSO’s 40th season “Sights and Sounds” will feature performances by an eclectic variety of musical talent from in and around the Chippewa Valley.  Additionally, there will be art exhibits inside the theater featuring a number of popular local artists. Check back often as we continue to add new musicians and artists to our lineup!

Doors will open at 1:00 pm that afternoon to ensure patrons plenty of time to view exhibits and take a tour of the historic Mabel Tainter. Tours will be provided by Mabel Tainter guides on a first come, first serve basis. Art exhibits with roaming musicians will be on display between 1-3p so you’ll want to plan an early arrival to the 3pm start of the concert.


Artist Erin O’Brien, owner of Erin Designs, LLC, is a professional interior design consultant, with a passion for color, design and textiles.  She creates beautiful hand and digital painted works of arts on silk.  Silk scarves, framed art, notecards all infused with positive energy to be admired and enjoyed.  Look for Erin on the balcony in the auditorium.  

Folic Fiber Co. was founded in 2014 by Erica Zerr to celebrate the rich fiber works culture of the upper Midwest. They specialize in fine quality yarns, knitwear, materials and collaborative products honoring the diverse and bountiful bio shed of the upper Midwest.

Anders Shafer is a retired Art Professor from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he taught for forty-one years and was awarded the position of “Distinguished Professor.” He now works daily in his studio at Banbury Place in Eau Claire doing paintings and drawings. Andy has work in many Museum collections, including the National Collection of American Art-Smithsonian, The Portland Art Museum, The Allen Museum and many more. He has had work accepted into several hundred competitions and published a childrens’ book, “The Fantastic Journey of Pieter Bruegel.” He recently completed a large painting for the Rusk County Memorial Hospital. Contact Andy through Google or Yahoo.

Barbara Shafer has a B.FA. in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A in Painting from the University of Cincinnati. She has taught in the Art Departments of both Stout and UWEC and held an executive position with The Arc Eau Claire, an advocacy organization providing services for people with cognitive disabilities. Barbara considers herself both a visual artist and a modern dancer and has many one person shows of her paintings throughout Wisconsin and presents her choreography at Chalice Stream in Ladysmith. She shares both a painting studio and a dance studio in Banbury Place, Eau Claire. Her paintings are in many private collections throughout the country.

I graduated from St. Olaf with a degree in art and education after which I taught art in public schools until the early 70s. I owned a gift shop, Thistledown, with several different partners over a period of about 30 years. During the years from the time I graduated from college until the present, I have worked in fibers, ceramics, jewelry, drawing, and wood. I presently work on wood with markers, colored pencils, inks and gel pens out of a studio in my home. I have been in The American Craft Council Shows in Baltimore and St. Paul and have done commissions for both private individuals, clinics and hospitals.

Using her knowledge of abstract art, Christy has developed an extremely successful business as a polymer clay jewelry artist. Her designs are abstract, colorful, and offbeat pieces of wearable art.

My art and my life are opportunities and experiments in expressing and experiencing beauty and feelings through a variety of mediums, including family, friends, movement, music, literature, and paint.
I love color and light and am consistently attempting to capture it on paper. My main medium is watercolor because of the transparency of the color and flexibility of the medium. And although I love realistic art, the fun and surprises in abstract are thrilling. I also enjoy sharing what I know
about art with others as well as hearing their comments.

My hobby started 40 years ago when my wife came from shopping at Ethan Allen furniture store and found a dining room set she wanted to purchase and I said I will make one for you,which I did and is still in use today. Furniture and woodturning became a passion. Today I do both but mostly decorative wood art with a turning lathe. I have about $10,000 worth of art on hand.

Skiffle is an old-time style of music that combines Jazz, Folk, and Blues. Like Jug Band music, it tends to involve improvised instruments, but unlike Jug Band music, we don't have a jug.

Transistor Radio was born at The Stone's Throw in Eau Claire Wisconsin. It was the brainchild of lead guitar player Chris Connell to bring back the sounds of the 70s played on the Transistor Radio. Some of the greatest R&B and soul songs have been forgotten, and we have taken it upon ourselves to bring them back.

Liscio is a professional jazz combo from the Eau Claire area doing rhythm and blues, delta blues, Latin and New Orleans style jazz through contemporary jazz including vocal standards. They perform music you will recognize and originals you will want to hear more of.
The group includes seasoned, talented and gifted performers on multiple instruments. Instrumentation includes saxophone, fluegelhorn, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, keyboards, bass guitar, tuba, upright bass, guitar, banjo, and drums. Most of the members are current or former music directors with many years of performing throughout the Midwest and US.

A native of Takarazuka, Japan, Nobu’s violin studies began at the age of three. He holds degrees in violin performance from Soai University in Japan (BM), and Indiana University (MM), and has been active as a violin soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Japan.