Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Presents: Music & Movement November 19-20, 2016

(DUBUQUE) – The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) presents the second in its 2016-17 Season of the Arts Classics Concert series: Music & Movement, which explores music’s relationship with opera and dance. Maestro Intriligator has invited the exceptionally talented Italian conductor and pianist Gianna Fratta to conduct this program of audience favorites. Rossini’s Overture to his opera “The Silken Ladder” remains one of his most sparkling creations, and his Overture to “The Barber of Seville” is one of the most loved and best recognized works in the opera repertoire, thanks in part to its use in countless movies and cartoons. Italian violinist Dino De Palma is featured as soloist in beautiful and virtuosic works by Paganini and Saint-Saëns. The program concludes with Beethoven’s wondrously rhythmic Seventh Symphony, which was called “the apotheosis of the dance” by composer Richard Wagner because of its obsessive use of dance rhythms. The composer crafted almost the entire symphony from simple dance-like rhythms, evoking wild celebrations and festivals. The second movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, said to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, has been featured in many films (most recently The King’s Speech with Colin Firth).

“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,” says DSO’s Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator. Fratta set her heart on becoming a conductor at the age of nine, after hearing an orchestra in a live concert for the first time. She was awarded the diploma of honour at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena during the course led by the Russian conductor Yuri Ahronovitch. On this occasion he told the press about Gianna: “I’ve never known a musician so gifted with heart and arm”. Her conducting debut took place in 1998. Since then Gianna has regularly been conducting symphonic and opera repertoire with orchestras around the world, and has been the first woman conductor in many of these locations. She studied and worked with great conductors such as D. Renzetti, B. Bartoletti, Y. Ahronovitch, and P. Bellugi who wrote the following about her: “…her unusual musicality united to an iron discipline, her temperament and her solid technique as conductor make Gianna a brilliant promise in this field…”

Featured guest violinist, Dino De Palma has toured throughout Italy and abroad with orchestras and chamber groups. As a soloist, he has performed with many orchestras all over the world including at Carnegie Hall, New York; Smethana Hall, Prague; Seoul Art Center, South Korea; and Coliseum Theatre, Buenos Aires. He has collaborated with musicians such as Morricone, Bacalov and Piovani together with soundtracks for movies by Oliver Stone, Warren Beatty and many other film writers. He has toured with Jerry Lewis, Bart Bacarach, Liza Minnelli, Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo; and has recorded for BMG and numerous Italian record companies. De Palma is a violin professor at the Conservatory “U. Giordano” in Foggia and visiting professor at the University of Sungshin in Seoul (Korea) for master classes in violin and chamber music.

Music & Movement concerts will be held 7:30 pm Saturday, November 19, and 2:00 pm Sunday, November 20 at Five Flags Theater, downtown Dubuque.

To purchase tickets ($15 - $85) call the Five Flags Box Office (563) 589-4258, visit www.dubuquesymphony.org, or the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra app, which is available as a free download in the App store and Google Play.  

Discounted $6 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 Dubuque OB/GYN & Midwifery and Jim & Jean Gantz; and guest artist sponsor Clare Bank.

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