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Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 6:30pm

Free Concert

Location: Dubuque Arboretum

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will once again be featured as part of the Music in the Gardens free concert series at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical gardens. Gather on the lawn with family and friends to enjoy a program of light classics, movie music and patriotic pieces featuring several guest performers and composers. We encourage you to bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets to this family friendly concert. All ages welcome!

We're bringing back the audience play-along with the Dubuque Symphony! Join the symphony musicians in playing two pieces!  Bring your own instrument, music stand, printed music (sheet music available for download below or on the IMSLP website) and chair (if needed).  This is an opportunity for musicians of all levels to join maestro William and the professional musicians of the DSO in a fun, low stress environment, make music together, and make new friends.  If planning on participating in the play-along, we request that you please email with your name and instrument, to assist in concert set-up.  

There will be a rehearsal with William at the Arboretum at 9:30 am on the day of the concert (without the orchestra) as well as a rehearsal with the orchestra from 11:00 to 11:15 am.    The concert starts at 6:30 pm, and these two pieces will be right after intermission, around 7:30 pm. 

'The Great Gate of Kiev' ” from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in an arrangement by Tushmalov (sometimes spelled Tushmaloff; please note that this is not the more common arrangement by Ravel)
(Strings: updated bowings will be available in June)
Strings      Woodwinds      Brass 

'In the Hall of the Mountain King' from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (Strings: updated bowings will be available in June)
Strings      Woodwinds      Brass

Notes from Maestro William:
“In the Hall of the Mountain King” gets gradually faster and faster (and louder and louder).  It will start, after the first bar of fermata, at a fairly slow quarter = 76.  By Letter A it will be quarter = 84 and will continue to accelerate. By 2 before B it will be quarter = 116, then at B it will go suddenly faster and into 2/2 with half note = 80 (approx.).  Starting at C it will continue to accelerate, staying in 2/2, to the end.  Tempo at D is approx half note = 124.  If this is too fast, then simplify your part (play only the first note of each group, or only one note per bar, etc), but please don’t drop out.  Even the DSO violins and violas have to simplify their parts (7 and 8 after D they play eighth notes rather than the 16th printed).  
“The Great Gate of Kiev” by Mussorgsky has the opposite overall tempo scheme than the Grieg: it gets slower and slower.  It is in 2, and begins around half note = 66. 18 bars after 24 it’s about half = 70.  At 28 it’s about half = 63 (I still beat in 2 here, despite many parts have half-note-triplets).  5 & 6 bars before 29—as well as 2 & 3 bars before 29—will be beat in 3, and slowing down.  At 29, after the fermatas, it is in a very slow 2.  
Some of you have asked which part you should play, if there are more than one part available for your instrument (such as trumpet 1 or trumpet 2, violin 1 or violin 2).  The answer is to play whichever part you are more comfortable playing.  We already have all the parts covered in the DSO.  You should play whichever part you can play the best and have fun playing.


In partnership with: Dubuque Arts Council

Sponsored by: John Deere, The Wahlert Foundation, Richard T. & Carolyn M. Schmid: in Memory of Thomas B. & Elizabeth T. Schmid

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Summer Melodies

Jun 25, Sun | 6:30pm