Dubuque Symphony Orchestra presents Grieg & Stravinsky: Classics in New Bottles, November 11 & 12, 2017
(DUBUQUE) – The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) presents the second in its 2017-18 Classics Concert series: Grieg & Stravinsky: Classics in New Bottles. Both of these composers wrote beautiful dance suites in an effort to recall an earlier age. Based on old melodies, some have said it is like old wine in new bottles—or an old Victorian home with a fresh coat of paint. “Grieg and Stravinsky, wrote in a purposefully old-fashioned style and idiom,” shares Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator. “Perhaps they wanted the listener to feel a sense of nostalgia? In Grieg’s case, he writes completely original music, in the style of a bygone era, 'from the time of Holberg,’ and Stravinsky uses old melodies by Pergolesi and breathes new life into them using his modern 20th century sensibilities.”
DSO Principal Clarinetist, Dr. Corey Mackey, is featured in the mesmerizing Concerto for Clarinet by Aaron Copland. Mackey, Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Wisconsin, is also a founding member of Driftless Winds, a dynamic chamber ensemble that maintains a vigorous schedule of recitals and concerts all over the country. “Corey’s fantastic playing is matched by his wonderful personality,” states Intriligator. “His musical artistry is superb in a range of styles: from Mozart to Klezmer, from the Romantics to American music and contemporary music - he is the perfect soloist for Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, which covers a wide range of moods and styles, from reflective and heartfelt to wild and jazzy."
The orchestra also performs the deeply emotional Adagio for Strings by Barber and the world premiere of a new orchestral work written for the DSO by Platteville native Rocky Reuter. “The orchestra is delighted to have commissioned Reuter for this new work. Rocky was born in Dubuque and grew up in the Tri-States, and has had a long career as a composer and professor in Ohio. Where Eagles Fly was inspired by the beautiful riverfront of Dubuque, particularly the area around Eagle Point Park. About this piece, the composer wrote: 'Capturing the majesty of the eagle, the piece follows the birth and growth of the noble eaglets as they take their first flight — at first shaky and unsure, but they ultimately catch a draft and soar and float high above in the cloud-dappled crisp blue sky.’”
The concerts will be held 7:30 pm Saturday, November 11, and 2:00 pm Sunday, November 12 at Five Flags Theater, downtown Dubuque. Intriligator will also present a free pre-concert lecture in the Five Flags Theater on Sunday, November 12 at 1:00pm. Tickets ($16-86) are available through the Five Flags Box Office (563) 589-4258, www.dubuquesymphony.org, or through the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra app available as a free download in the App store and Google Play. Discounted $7 student tickets will be available in the theater lobby one hour prior to each performance; please be prepared to show student ID.
This concert is made possible by the generous support of Dubuque Ob/Gyn & Midwifery and Jim & Jean Gantz; and guest artist sponsor Clare Bank.