DSO Announces 18/19 Season

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra announces 60th concert season

(DUBUQUE) – The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 2018/19 season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. 

This season’s Classics Series will explore musical portrayals of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.   These four elements postulated by ancient philosophers have inspired composers to create some of the greatest music over the centuries.   The DSO will also honor the orchestra’s 60-year history by performing at least one piece from the orchestra’s 1st, 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, or 50th season in each of the Classics programs.  

“The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s 2018/19 season will be spectacular!” said Music Director and Conductor, William Intriligator. “I am eager to perform some of the greatest classical music, including Beethoven’s “Pastorale” symphony, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Respighi’s Fountains of Rome, Mozart’s Magic Flute, and many others! Outstanding guest artists join us all season long, including familiar favorites like Gareth Johnson and soon-to-be new favorites!”

The ensemble will perform five Classics concerts, signature Holiday concerts, and a spring Family concert at historic Five Flags Theater. The orchestra also returns to the Mississippi Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo for DSO’s Ultimate Rock Hits and the Ultimate Country Hits. Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates.

Season ticket sales open to the public Monday, June 25, 2018. Subscribe early for the best seats at the best savings - packages begin with just 3 Classics concerts. New subscribers save 30% off single ticket prices when selecting the 5 Classics package - as low as $13 a performance!  Season ticket holders get many added benefits including early access to the best seats for Ultimate Rock, Country Hits, Holiday, and Family Concerts; save big while avoiding box office lines and online ticket fees, and more! To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Road (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park).


2018 – 2019 Classics Series


Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: on earth

Five Flags Theater

Saturday, October 13 at 7:30pm | Sunday, October 14 at 2:00pm

Copland Suite from The Tender Land

Vivaldi “Spring” and "Summer" from The Four Seasons  featuring Gareth Johnson, violin

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”
Celebrate the Earth and our connection to it! Copland’s opera The Tender Land paints a vivid portrait of rural midwest, and like so much of his music, helps listeners feel a stronger connection to nature and the Earth. This suite includes the enduringly beautiful “Promise of Living”. Local favorite Gareth Johnson returns to perform as solo violinist in two of Vivaldi’s timeless Four Seasons: hear the joyful arrival of “Spring”, and the languid heat and spectacular storms of “Summer”. Evoke the wondrous feelings of returning to nature with Beethoven’s “Pastorale” Symphony: from the trill of birds, to the trickling of creeks and the rustle of leaves.


Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: on air

Five Flags Theater

Saturday, November 17 at 7:30pm | Sunday, November 18 at 2:00pm

Gabrieli Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2

Mendelssohn Nocturno for winds

Vivaldi “Autumn” and “Winter” from The Four Seasons  featuring Yoojin Jang, violin

Holst “Mars” from The Planets

R. Strauss Serenade

Holst/Friedman Selections from The Perfect Fool

Liszt Angelus! Prayer to the Guardian Angels

Wagner/Buerkle “Gathering of the Armies” from Lohengrin

Violinist Yoojin Jang, applauded by The Strad for her “fiery virtuosity” and “consummate performances,” makes her Dubuque debut as we complete our exploration of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  “Autumn” and “Winter’s” depictions of wind and storms are fitting for this program celebrating Air. An evening serenade and nocturne paint a beautiful sunset image, and a very rare work for strings by Liszt offers a prayer to the angels. DSO woodwind and brass sections are also featured, and thrilling brass pieces are guaranteed to raise the roof!


Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: on fire

Five Flags Theater

Saturday, February 23 at 7:30pm | Sunday, February 24 at 2:00pm

Beethoven Overture from Creatures of Prometheus

Handel/Baines, McKerras Overture from Royal Fireworks Music

Merritt Neural Firings (and Misfirings) Guitar Concerto  premiere  featuring Zane Merritt, classical guitar  

Márquez Conga del Fuego Nuevo

de Falla “Ritual Fire Dance” from El Amor Brujo

Hovhaness “Volcano” from Symphony No. 50, “Mount St. Helens”

Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird

Our Fire program begins with Prometheus, the Greek titan who stole fire from the Gods and gave that fire to humanity.  We feature caliente Latin works by Marquez and de Falla, Stravinsky’s fantastic The Firebird ballet suite, and a “Volcano” eruption!  The DSO premieres a new guitar concerto written by Dubuque-native composer Zane Merritt. This piece, inspired by issues regarding mental health, features the composer as soloist.


Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: on water

Five Flags Theater

Saturday, March 23 at 7:30pm | Sunday, March 24 at 2:00pm

Strauss, Johann Jr. On the Beautiful, Blue Danube

Handel/Harty “Hornpipe” from Water Music

Daugherty Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra featuring Anthony Arnone, Cello

Heitzig Aqua

Smetana The Moldau

Respighi Fountains of Rome 

A musical celebration of rivers, oceans, and fountains!  Visiting composer Steve Heitzig has devoted his professional career to composing works that inspire a connection to nature, and his piece Aqua celebrates the sea, utilizing special percussion such as seashells.  Immerse yourself in the awesome sound and beauty of the full orchestra in Respighi’s Fountains of Rome! Guest cellist Anthony Arnone will perform a new cello concerto by Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty. This piece, whose recent recording garnered three Grammy awards, is inspired by the stories of Ernest Hemingway, and includes water-themed sections entitled “Big Two-Hearted River” and “The Old Man and the Sea”. 


Mozart’s The Magic Flute, staged opera

Five Flags Theater

Saturday, April 13 at 7:30pm | Sunday, April 14 at 2:00pm

He had only seen her image in a portrait, but he was already head-over-heels. With the help of a simple and zany young bird-man (Papageno), plus a bit of magic, Tamino sets forth on a perilous quest to save the princess, encountering mythical creatures, a venomous queen, and heroic trials to test his worth. Our Classics series ends with a staged production of Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute. Inspired by fairy tales and Masonic symbolism, this opera is equally appreciated by children and adults. Mozart’s timeless music is among some of the most beautiful and touching ever written!

In addition to the Classics Series, the symphony also announces the dates of its Casual Concerts: Holiday Family (December 1, 2018), traditional Holiday Concerts (December 1-2, 2018), Ultimate Rock Hits (January  18-19, 2019), spring Family Concert featuring cinematic and classical favorites for all ages, with themed post-concert events (February 23, 2019), Ultimate Country Hits (May 18, 2019) and free Summer Melodies Concert (June 23, 2019).

Single Tickets

Single tickets go on sale August 20, 2018. Tickets to concerts at Five Flags Theater may be purchased at the Five Flags Box Office or through Ticketmaster. Single tickets to Ultimate Rock or Ultimate Country at the Mississippi Moon Bar will be available through the Diamond Jo box office this fall.

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Classics 4

Mar 23, Sat | 7:30pm

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Classics 4

Mar 24, Sun | 2:00pm

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Classics 5

Apr 13, Sat | 7:30pm

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Classics 5

Apr 14, Sun | 2:00pm

Ultimate Country Hits

May 18, Sat | 8:00pm

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Summer Melodies

Jun 23, Sun | 6:30pm