Symphony Presents Free Summer Melodies Concert at Dubuque Arboretum

Maestro William Intriligator and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at the Dubuque Arboretum on Sunday, June 30 at 6:30pm as part of the Dubuque Arts Council’s Music in the Gardens series. The program features light classics and several guest appearances.

Making his conducting debut will be Dr. Bill Stoffel, the winner of the symphony’s Pursuit of the Podium competition in which five local celebrities raised money on behalf of the DSO. He has chosen to conduct “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin. Megan Gloss, also a Pursuit of the Podium contestant, will be the featured vocalist. Gloss and mezzo-soprano Anna Petrie will also sing "The Flower Duet", a famous duet from the opera Lakmé by Léo Delibes.

Bagpiper David Bradley will be featured in two selections: Highland Cathedral and The 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar. Joe Klinebriel will appear as the actor in Anderson’s The Typewriter, a piece that actually features a manual typewriter as part of the orchestra.

The orchestra will perform three world premieres by three young composers including Luke Flynn’s triumphant fanfare Pioneer, the theme music for The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Flynn was commissioned to write the piece in 2012. “When writing Pioneer, I wanted to express what it may have felt like when people settled in Dubuque for the first time,” explained Flynn. “I also wanted to capture different types of scenery found in movies.”

The other premieres include Elation by Adam O’Dell’s and Prairie View from Lincoln Highway Suite by Nolan Stolz. O’Dell composed Elation as a gift to maestro Intriligator at this year’s Elisha Darlin Awards. Originally performed by a string quartet, the piece has been expanded for a string orchestra. Composers Flynn, O’Dell and Stolz will make guest appearances at the concert.

Other works include Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee; selections from Rossini’s William Tell Overture, music from the film Pirates of the Caribbean, Stars and Stripes Forever; and more.

The concert is free. No tickets are required. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and your own picnic and refreshments. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Five Flags Arena and announcements will made on local radio stations and both the Dubuque Arts Council and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra websites.

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s performance is sponsored by the Alliant Energy Foundation, City of Dubuque, DRA/Mystique Casino, Mediacom, Prudential Retirement and John Deere Dubuque Works. For more information, visit

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