The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced its programming for the 2014 - 2015 season including the Classics Series and Casual Concerts such as the family and holiday performances.
The ensemble will perform concerts at both the Five Flags Theater and the Heritage Center located on the University of Dubuque campus. William Intriligator, music director and conductor, has prepared a rich array of music for the Classics Series, including crowd favorites, such as Holst’s The Planets, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.
A wide range of distinguished guest artists will join the symphony, including violinist Michael Ludwig opening the season; pianist Alpin Hong performing Liszt; international star of the flute Carol Wincenc; University of Iowa professors Katie Wolfe and Anthony Arnone performing the Brahms Double Concerto, and vocalists Megan Gloss, Sang-In Han and Alvaro Ramirez who will be the featured soloists in a Best of Opera program which also includes the Dubuque Chorale.
In addition to the Classics Series, the symphony also announced the dates of its Casual Concerts, like the popular Holiday Family Concert (December 6, 2014), Holiday Celebration Concerts (December 6 – 7, 2014), Ultimate Rock Hits concert at the Mississippi Moon Bar (January 23, 2015), and free Summer Melodies concert at the Dubuque Arboretum (June 28, 2015). Bass-baritone and Dubuque-native Wayne Tigges will be the featured soloist at the holiday concerts.
“I’m very excited about the 2014 – 2015 season,” said music director and conductor William Intriligator. “One of the greatest highlights will be Holst's epic orchestral suite, The Planets. The orchestra players and I have dreamed of performing this piece for years. That dream will finally come true when we open our Classics Series in September at the Heritage Center.
I can hardly wait to work with pianist Alpin Hong. Alpin has tremendous chemistry and is a rising piano superstar. Carol Wincenc is one of the most famous flute players in the world. She is spectacular. Numerous living composers have written concertos specifically for her, and we will perform one of those when we bring her to Dubuque to perform the hauntingly beautiful Flute Concerto by Christopher Rouse.
We will also premiere a new commissioned work by composer and Dubuque native, Zane Merritt. The orchestral piece is inspired by the city of Dubuque and its people. It will be an incredible season.”
The Classics Series consists of five programs with two performances each. Two of the programs will be held at the Five Flags Theater and three will be in John and Alice Butler Hall at the Heritage Center located on the University of Dubuque campus. The classical season is full of great works from the repertoire, such as:
September 27 - 28, 2014 at Heritage Center
Holst, The Planets
Shostakovich, Violin Concerto
November 15 - 16, 2014 at Five Flags Theater
Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 1
Dvorak, Symphony No. 8
February 7 – 8, 2015 at Heritage Center
Brahms, Concerto for Violin and Violincello
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
March 14 – 15, 2015 at Heritage Center
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
Rouse, Flute Concerto
April 18 – 19, 2015 at Five Flags Theater
Featuring favorites from the opera stage including:
Bizet, Carmen: “Les Voici” Chorus
Wagner, Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries
Verdi, Il Trovatore: Anvil Chorus
Season ticket packages of three, four or five concerts are available and start as low as $38 for five concerts. First time season ticket buyers, or not in the past three years, receive 50% off single ticket prices on a five concert series. Those first time buyers then receive 25% off when they renew their five concert package the following season. Season ticket holders receive special privileges including ticket exchange options, priority seat selection, free ticket replacement and the ability to purchase discounted tickets through the symphony office.
Season tickets go on sale June 23, 2014. They may be purchased by phone or in person at the Dubuque Symphony office. For more information, please call (563) 557-1677 or visit www.dubuquesymphony.org. The office is located at 2728 Asbury Road, in the lower level of the Atrium building in the Fountain Park complex.
Single tickets go on sale August 18, 2014. Price ranges from $15 to $78. Tickets to concerts at the Five Flags Theater may be purchased at the Five Flags Box Office or through Ticketmaster. Tickets to concerts at the Heritage Center may be purchased at the Farber Box Office, over the phone by calling (563) 585-SHOW or online at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.
Under the direction of maestro William Intriligator, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra creates exceptional live musical experiences that challenge and inspire audiences. Performances include classical, popular, opera and education concerts. It is the only professional orchestra in a 70 mile radius. For more information, visit www.dubuquesymphony.org.