Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Season Finale Concert

Featuring Jon Nakamatsu in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will bring its 2013 - 2014 classics season to a close with an all-Russian program on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 13 at 2pm at the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center.

The orchestra will begin with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. It is tuneful and positive in spirit with fanfares and exuberant themes—the perfect curtain raiser for celebrations.

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu will be the featured soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Famously called the Mount Everest of the repertoire, this concerto is one of the most technically demanding and musically rewarding works for piano.

Since his dramatic 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal triumph, Jon Nakamatsu’s brilliant but unassuming musicianship and eclectic repertoire have made him a clear favorite throughout the world—both on the concert circuit and in the recording studio.

The second half will feature Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Artist Victor Hartman, one of the composer’s closest friends, died at age 39. Devastated, Mussorgsky helped organize an exhibition of Hartman's work and composed solo piano works for ten of his paintings. The music was not published until after Mussorgsky’s death and was little known outside of Russia.

That all changed in 1922 when French composer Maurice Ravel was commissioned to score Pictures for a Paris ensemble. Working with love and respect for Mussorgsky's music, he created the masterpiece the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will play at the concerts. Several other composers have subsequently produced orchestrations of Pictures, but Ravel's remains the touchstone. Few works can match the orchestral color and sheer excitement of the piece.

Tickets ($14 - $78) are available at the Heritage Center box office, open Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 5:30pm. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at (563) 585-SHOW or online at www.dubuquesymphony.org.

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will host open rehearsal on Friday, April 14 at Heritage Center. We ask that everyone be in John and Alice Butler Hall by 6:50pm so that rehearsal can start promptly at 7pm. Open rehearsals are free and open to the public.

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