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Orchestra Iowa in concert Sunday

Nov 09, 2016

Iowa’s premier symphony, Orchestra Iowa, will present “An Afternoon in Prague” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Orchestra Iowa gives a nod to the Czech history abounding in Eastern Iowa by offering a musical exploration of a heritage.

Mozart’s popularity in the Czech capital increased with his overwhelmingly successful premiere of his 38th Symphony, nicknamed “Prague.” And Czech composers, Leoš Janáček and Antonín Dvořák, each wrote music reminiscent of their cultural identity with folk songs and dances often becoming the motivation for melodies and themes used in their works.

“Our 95th season of presenting exhilarating symphonic masterpieces, showcasing an extensive roster of international guest artists and fostering creative collaborative partnerships is guaranteed to stir the soul,” said Timothy Hankewich, music director of Orchestra Iowa.

Founded in 1921, the mission of Orchestra Iowa is “to foster enjoyment of, and support for fine symphonic music through quality performances, education, and community involvement.” Its 68 professional musicians perform more than 188 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.

General admission tickets for the Orchestra Iowa concert, “An Afternoon in Prague,” are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 years and older and $10 for youth and students.

Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 472-2787 and online at www.FairfieldACC.com.

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