Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Opens 59th Season
with a World Premiere Composition, Beethoven’s 5th and more
(DUBUQUE) – The DSO 2017-18 season begins with the first of its Classics series October 14 & 15 at Five Flags Theater, downtown Dubuque.
“The season opening concerts will be sensational!” announced Music Director and Conductor, William Intriligator. “Some of the most powerful, beautiful, and emotional music ever written—Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Sibelius’ Finlandia—will be performed, along with an exciting world premiere, a double violin concerto and a sensual dance suite. All this great music will be performed in a reunion-like gathering of old friends: from the DSO musicians coming back together after the summer apart, to returning longtime DSO friends like Caroline Curtis and Michael Gilbertson, and, for me personally, the DSO debut of famous trumpeter Manny Laureano, one of my oldest musical friends and mentors.”
Laureano, Principal Trumpet of the Minnesota Orchestra, will debut the premiere of a trumpet concerto written by Dubuque native and award winning composer, Michael Gilbertson. “Gilbertson is such an incredibly talented composer, and we have performed more of his music than any other orchestra in the world. It’s fitting, after all, since Michael was part of our youth symphony, a winner of our youth concerto competition. I believe the DSO first performed his music when he was still 16! He’s grown amazingly since those days, and found great success. The DSO is so excited to present his new trumpet concerto at these concerts!”
The Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra will be featured in Sibelius’ stirring Finlandia, playing side-by-side with the professional orchestra. “The combined orchestras on stage will produce a sensational sound for the audience and an unforgettable educational opportunity for our young musicians!” said Intriligator.
Former Concertmaster, Caroline Curtis, joins current Concertmaster Eleanor Bartsch in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins. “Caroline is beloved to DSO audiences from her nearly 40-year tenure in the DSO. She has a personal style, flair, and warmth that endears her to many.”
Rounding out this concert are Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat - an exciting Latin dance suite and the incredible Fifth Symphony by Beethoven – Maestro Intriligator’s “signature” symphony with the DSO.
The concerts will be held 7:30 pm Saturday, October 14, and 2:00 pm Sunday, October 15 at Five Flags Theater, downtown Dubuque. Intriligator will also present a free pre-concert lecture in the Five Flags Theater on Sunday, October 15 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 Cottingham & Butler.