Sun Prairie High School alumnus Jon Nelson will have his composition, “Mariposa,” performed during the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (WYSO) Percussion EXTRAVAGANZA! on Saturday, March 1.

Nelson is a 2011 graduate of Sun Prairie High School and a junior at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He is majoring in music composition and was part of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years.

A digital recording of “Mariposa,” along with many other works by Nelson may be heard at

The concert will feature the WYSO Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Vicki Jenks and showcase the percussion ensemble in a variety of facets that the audience doesn’t normally get to see in a typical symphony setting.

The percussion ensemble will play with several special guests including world-renowned percussionist Steve Houghton, University of Wisconsin-Madison Saxophone Artist Les Thimmig, and the UW-Madison Afro-Cuban and Western Percussion Ensembles.

For tickets, call the WYSO main office at (608) 263-3320 or e-mail

Lifestyle Editor of The Star newspaper in Sun Prairie, Wis.

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