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Fireworks ensemble coming to Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO -  Fireworks, an innovative chamber ensemble, will present a contemporary American vision of chamber music at Waynesboro Area Senior High School Auditorium, 550 E. 2nd St., Waynesboro, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

Called “the bridge between the contemporary classical new music ensemble and the mainstream popular audience” by the Wall Street Journal, Fireworks was founded in 2000 by composer/ bassist Brian Coughlin. Fireworks burst onto the music scene with Coughlin's rock-inspired version of Stravinsky's orchestral masterpiece, "The Rite of Spring."

Since then, the ensemble has expanded its repertoire with projects as far ranging as Frank Zappa’s instrumental rock, Bach’s "The Art of the Fugue," dance music from around the world, arrangements of 20th-century orchestral works, classic cartoon scores and Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music.

Fireworks has appeared on many of the country's most prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and The Chautauqua Institution.

The group also devotes a large part of its time each year to educational activities. Fireworks Ensemble has participated in Chamber Music America's Residency Partnership Program, Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections program, and is currently ensemble-in-residence at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.

The Waynesboro Community Concert Association is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization which has presented world-acclaimed live entertainment to the Waynesboro area since 1936. Each year, the WCCA has featured an array of genres including Broadway, classical, folk, pop and jazz. The association offers a high caliber of performers at affordable, family friendly prices.

Single tickets for this performance will be sold at the door - $25 for adults - and online at by Feb. 5.