DSO Announces 2016-17 Season

(DUBUQUE) – The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s 58th season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable performances and acclaimed guest artists.  The ensemble will perform five Classics Concerts, signature Holiday concerts, and a new family format of the Classics 4 concert at historic Five Flags Theater.

The DSO’s 2016-2017 concert season will include some of the greatest music from the past 200 years- a wide range such as symphonies, concertos, new orchestral music, film scores, even rock music and a television soundtrack. Some of the world’s most beloved symphonies will be performed including Beethoven’s Seventh, Brahms’s Third, and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony.  Outstanding guest artists will join the orchestra, including Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, Italian conductor Gianna Fratta, violinists Dino De Palma and Robert Zimansky, the Über Horn Quartet, saxophonist Allen Cordingley, percussionist Keith Lienert, and local composers Paul Alan Price-Brenner, Michael Gilbertson, and Derek Jenkins.  

This year’s concert series, entitled Season of the Arts, explores some of the ways music has been inspired by other art forms. “So much of the music the DSO plays relates to other forms of art, creating a rich, interdisciplinary cross-pollination of the arts.” explains William Intriligator, Music Director & Conductor.  “Of all the arts, music is particularly well-suited to ‘partner’ with other art forms: try to imagine dance or ballet without music—unthinkable. Film without a soundtrack?  Nope. This season’s theme is really about the pairing of music with other arts: literature, poetry, theater, film, dance, opera, art/sculpture, photography, etc.”

 “The combination of great music, great performers, and a great audience makes each concert of the DSO a high-quality, powerful and moving experience,” Maestro Intriligator notes. “This season has so many highlights- exploring the combination of music and other art forms is such a rich process!   There is a wonderful combination of ‘old’ and ‘new’ music on the season, including works by three local composers.  I am delighted to invite Italian Maestra Gianna Fratta as a guest conductor; she has performed all over the world and is a true rising star. Pianist Ilya Yakushev will also make his local debut.  He and I have worked together several times at other orchestras, and I have been eager to share his incredible music-making with our audience.  I am also very pleased to feature several members of the DSO and of our local musical community as soloists, and it will be incredibly memorable to welcome violinist Robert Zimansky back to Iowa after many decades of performing in Europe."


2016 – 2017 Classics Series

The Classics Series consists of five programs with two performances each


Music & Drama at Five Flags Theater
Saturday, October 8 at 7:30pm | Sunday, October 9 at 2:00pm

Mendelssohn Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
John Lunn Downton Abbey Suite
Tchaikovsky The Tempest fantasy-overture
Beethoven Overture to Egmont
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 – Ilya Yakushev, piano

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra opens its 58th Classics Season with a program of music written for, or inspired by, theater and television. Shakespeare, Goethe, and… yes, even Downton Abbey! Old classics and new classics. This concert also features the Dubuque debut of sensational Russian pianist, Ilya Yakushev, performing the dazzling and melodic Piano Concerto No. 3 by Prokofiev.


Music & Movement at Five Flags Theater
Saturday, November 19 at 7:30pm | Sunday, November 20 at 2:00pm

Rossini The Barber of Seville Overture
Rossini The Silken Ladder Overture
Paganini Variations on one string on a theme by Rossini – Dino De Palma, violin
Saint-Saëns Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso – Dino De Palma, violin"
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Maestro Intriligator has invited the exceptionally talented Italian conductor and pianist Gianna Fratta to conduct this program of audience favorites.  Italian violinist Dino De Palma is featured as soloist in beautiful and virtuosic works by Paganini and Saint-Saëns.  This concert demonstrates music from the world of opera as well as music’s relationship with dance, since Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was called “the apotheosis of the dance” by composer Richard Wagner because of its obsessive use of dance rhythms.


DSO Showcase at Five Flags Theater
Saturday, February 25 at 7:30pm | Sunday, February 26 at 2:00pm

Schumann Concert-piece for Four French Horns & Orchestra – Über Horn Quartet
Séjourné Concerto for Marimba & String Orchestra – Keith Lienert, marimba
Price-Brenner Sinfonia for Small String Orchestra
Schubert Ballet Music in G from Rosamunde
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 “Italian”

Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony and Schubert’s Ballet Music explore the world of dance. These are paired with beautiful works featuring some of the great talent from the orchestra: Dubuque composer and DSO violist Paul Alan Price-Brenner is featured as well as two of our horn players and one of our percussionists. This program has a little something for everyone, and the sound of the Über Horn Quartet’s four solo french horns will knock your socks off!  


Music & Movies at Five Flags Theater
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30pm | Sunday, March 26 at 2:00pm

Williams Main Title & Imperial March from Star Wars
Williams Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
Williams Catch Me If You Can: Escapades for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra – Allen Cordingley, saxophone
Gilbertson Tragedy Tomorrow
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

This program combines some of the great film scores of John Williams with one of the most beautiful and well-loved symphonic favorites, Scheherazade, a work inspired by the stories of the “Arabian Nights.”  We feature local saxophone master Allen Cordingley in the jazzy music from the film Catch Me If You Can.  The orchestra performed “Tragedy Tomorrow” by Dubuque-native Michael Gilbertson in 2012, and this wonderful work, inspired by photographs of New York City in the 1920’s, is being “encored” on this concert.


Music & Fantasy at Five Flags Theater
Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm | Sunday, April 30 at 2:00pm

Brahms Symphony No. 3
Jenkins New Work, DSO commission
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 a short new premiere by Dubuque native Derek Jenkins round out this program.


In addition to the Classics Series, the symphony also announces the dates of its Casual Concerts, including the Holiday Family Concert (December 3, 2016), traditional Holiday Concerts (December 3-4, 2016), Ultimate Rock Hits Concerts (January  20-21, 2017), a new family format of a Classics Concert featuring Music & Movies(March 25, 2017), and the free Summer Melodies Concert (June 25, 2017).


Season Tickets

Season ticket packages of three, four or five concerts are available. Prices range from as low as $42 up to $360. If you’ve never been a season ticket holder or your subscription has lapsed more than 3 years, purchase the Full 5-Concert Series and receive 30% off! (Discount off the cost of 5 single tickets).

Subscribers receive many exclusive benefits including seating priority, savings compared to single ticket pricing, discounted add-on single tickets for Classics Concerts anytime during the season, early access to tickets for casual concerts: including Ultimate Rock Hits at the Diamond Jo, Holiday Concerts and Music & Movies Family, and much more!

Season tickets go on sale June 27, 2016. 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 Fountain Park complex.


Single Tickets

Single tickets go on sale August 22, 2016. Price ranges from $15 to $85. Tickets to concerts at Five Flags Theater may be purchased at the Five Flags Box Office or through Ticketmaster.


About the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

Under the direction of Maestro William Intriligator, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra creates exceptional live musical experiences that challenge and inspire audiences. Our mission is to engage the tri-state community and enrich its quality of life through musical performances and educational programs. We strive for artistic achievement, innovation and commitment to our community. 

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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