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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 18, 2014

Orchestra Iowa performs Sunday

Feb 05, 2014

Orchestra Iowa returns to Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Perfoming Arts at 3 p.m. Sunday to perform Sinfonia Shostakovich.

The concert lets audiences embark on a journey through the music capitals of the world, experiencing works from some of the most revered composers in classical music. Travel from Germany, to Austria, to Russia, and back to the United States, all in one afternoon.

Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, elegant and exciting, features the brilliance of Orchestra Iowa’s newly appointed concertmaster Luke Witchger and principle violist Lisa Ponton. The beautiful interaction between the orchestra and the soloists will bring the audience to high spirits during what has been said to be a “virtuosic finale.”

“I am ecstatic for our audiences to hear our soloists’ incredible abilities showcased in this concert. For Luke in particular, this will serve as a powerful introduction to the region as a debut soloist with the orchestra,” said Timothy Hankewich, Orchestra Iowa’s music director.

After intermission, American composer Samuel Barber’s First Essay for Orchestra promises lush, lyrical sounds that will captivate listeners.

Rounding out this sonorous evening is Russian master Shostakovich’s first symphony. Although written when he was just a teenager, it tellingly reflects Shostakovich’s creative prowess and shows his vivid and imaginative style.

This combination of master composers from around the globe promises to be a musical experience not to be missed.

Founded in 1921, Orchestra Iowa is widely recognized as the state’s premier symphony orchestra. The orchestra’s mission is to foster enjoyment of and support for fine symphonic music through quality performances, education and community involvement. Under the direction of Hankewich, now celebrating his eighth season as music director, its 68 professional musicians perform more than 150 public performances throughout the year, many of which can be heard on Iowa Public Radio and seen on Iowa Public Television. Orchestra Iowa showcases its artistic excellence each season through an accomplished array of classical, ballet, opera, popular and chamber performances, in addition to extensive community education and involvement.

Tickets for Orchestra Iowa’s performance at the Sondheim center are $15 for general admission and are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, 472-2787 and online at www.FairfieldACC.com.

Orchestra Iowa’s Sinfonia Shostakovich performance is a special attraction to the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts Artist Series.

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