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Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 7:30pmSunday, Apr 30 at 2:00pm

Location: Five Flags Theater

BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 
JENKINS Mathias and the Storm, New Work, DSO commission - WORLD PREMIERE
BRUCH  Scottish Fantasy -  Robert Zimansky, violin   

The orchestra welcomes violinist and Iowa native Robert Zimansky back to the USA from his home in Switzerland, where he is Concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Swiss Romande. Zimansky performs Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy: a beautiful musical homage to the folk music of Scotland.  This concert also features Brahms’ Third Symphony, with its gorgeous slow movement, and the world premier of Mathias and the Storm, a new composition by Dubuque native composer Derek M. Jenkins. This piece is inspired by the folklore that Bishop Mathias Loras has blessed Dubuqe so no tornadoes would touch the city.

Most of the major works of Johannes Brahms’ maturity were composed in summertime in beautiful rural settings overlooking tranquil lakes and alpine peaks. But during the summer of 1833, his Third Symphony was written in an urban location: a lofty studio overlooking the German Rhineland city of Wiesbaden. The urge to create this work had come on the composer while visiting Wiesbaden and, rather than lose inspiration traveling to a vacation retreat, he stayed on…..read more

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Derek M. Jenkins

Derek M. Jenkins

Derek M. Jenkins (b. 1986, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) is an American composer and musicologist. He is currently a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA Composition, MM Musicology), and he holds...

Robert Zimansky

Robert Zimansky

Robert Zimansky is among the most versatile musicians of our time. He not only possesses an all-encompassing solo repertoire, but his vast knowledge and experience in chamber music, contemporary music and orchestral playing are widely respected.
He...