Take a musical journey “on water” with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
March 23 & 24, 2019. The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) presents the fourth in its 2018-19 elements-themed Classics Concert series: on water.
“Our next concerts celebrate water, be it rivers, oceans, or even fountains. Perfect for our river city!” states Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator. “I’m very excited to feature Anthony Arnone again as soloist. Tony is on the faculty of the University of Iowa, and previously performed the solo cello part of Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello with the DSO. For these programs, he will perform the beautiful cello concerto by Cedar Rapids-native composer Michael Daugherty. Written in 2015, it evokes the turbulent life, adventures, and literature of Ernest Hemingway.” This piece’s recent recording garnered three Grammy awards in 2017, and includes water-themed sections entitled "Big Two-Hearted River" and "The Old Man and the Sea".
“I am so thrilled to be the second cellist ever to perform this great cello concerto (after Zuill Bailey)” states soloist Anthony Arnone “… from the first time I heard their recording, I knew I wanted to play it. I love not only the cello part but also how colorful the orchestra part is and know the audience will enjoy hearing this "new" piece. Zuill told me that this is the ‘most performed 21st century cello concerto to date’. I can't wait to share it with the Dubuque audience.”
Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg has devoted his career to composing works that inspire a connection to nature. “Steve is an old friend of mine, and I have great respect for his passion about the earth and the environment,” explains Intriligator. “Every score he composes is focused on the earth or environmental issues. Aqua is about oceans and about protecting them. It uses a variety of shells, driftwood, an ocean drum, a rain stick, and many other unusual instruments in addition to the regular orchestra instruments.
The Moldau, a symphonic poem by Bedřich Smetana, evokes the flow of the Vltava River from its source in the mountains of the Bohemian Forest, through the Czech countryside, to the city of Prague. This piece will be performed along with local photographers' water-themed images, projected on stage behind the musicians.
“The concert concludes with Respighi’s sensational tone poem, Fountains of Rome.” states Intriligator. “Colorful, rippling, and at times bombastic, fountains have never sounded so good!”
There is a free pre-concert lecture in the Five Flags Theater on Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 pm.
A free waltz lesson is included with concert admission Saturday, March 23 from 6-7pm. Must RSVP by March 20. Details at dubuquesymphony.org
Concerts will be held 7:30 pm Saturday, March 23, and 2:00 pm Sunday, March 24 at Five Flags Theater, downtown Dubuque. Tickets ($18-87) are available through the Five Flags Box Office (563) 589-4258, or www.dubuquesymphony.org. Discounted $8 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 concert co-sponsors AY McDonald and Dupaco Community Credit Union.