In the true spirit of Valentine’s weekend the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra presents a program of Dance and Romance on Saturday, February 15 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 16 at 2:00pm at Five Flags Theater.
For many reasons this program is unexpected and unique in its offerings. The orchestra will perform 10 musical selections—more than double the amount of works typically featured at a symphony concert. This concert is perfect for audience members who love a variety of short works.
The program will begin with the regal blasts of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. Although it was written for Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream it didn’t gain popularity until it appeared in a royal wedding in 1858. It is now hard to imagine wedding music without it.
The next four works will include Cimarosa’s Overture to The Secret Marriage, Elgar’s Salut d’amour—which the composer presented to his wife Alice as an engagement present, “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” from Gluck’s opera Orfeo and Euredice, and Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess.
The Dubuque Symphony then welcomes Jim Langenberg, principal tubist since 2004, as the featured soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto.
“Highlighting the tuba might seem like a surprising choice for a Valentine’s concert,” said Maestro William Intriligator. “But you will be amazed by the playfulness and lyricism of the instrument when it is in the hands of such a masterful player.”
Following Langenberg’s performance the orchestra will perform Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”, Faure’s Pavane, and the Intermezzo from Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria rusticana. The concert will conclude with the most famous tango in concert music: Albeniz's little Tango in D. This concert is truly one orchestral bon-bon after another—sweeter and more delicious with every note!
Individual tickets ($14 - $48) to this concert are available at the Five Flags Center box office; open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm; at any Ticketmaster retail outlet; and online at www.dubuquesymphony.org. If you have any questions, please call us at (563) 557-1677.