Orchestra Iowa presents American Gothic, Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, and Sunday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m. at West High School in Iowa City.
Single tickets for American Gothic are $20-$50 and may be purchased online at orchestraiowa.org<http://www.orchestraiowa.org> or by calling 319.366.8203. Tickets are also available through the Orchestra Iowa Ticket Office, 119 Third Avenue SE, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Orchestra Iowa closes its Symphonic season with the glorious world premiere of American Gothic (2013), commissioned by Orchestra Iowa and composed by three-time GRAMMY® Award-Winner Michael Daugherty. Conducted by Maestro Timothy Hankewich, American Gothic for orchestra is a musical journey into the creative world of Iowa artist, Grant Wood; Daugherty, one of the ten most-performed American composers, masterfully shares a personal view of Iowan life, as seen through the eyes of both artist and composer. The concert also features two Slavic masterpieces, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Rock and Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in D minor.
Maestro Hankewich will host “Insight”, a pre-concert discussion, beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday in the Encore Lounge of the Paramount Theatre, and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in the West High School auditorium. “Insight” is open to all patrons in attendance.
Orchestra Iowa will present an encore performance for the community of Ottumwa on Sunday, May 12, 3:00 p.m. at the Bridge View Center. This exceptional opportunity is provided by Orchestra Iowa free of charge. “Michael Daugherty is a goliath among contemporary composers who, fortunately for us, also happens to be an Iowa native. This is an opportunity for the community to experience a brilliant, new symphonic work that adds to our state’s rich history,” notes Maestro Hankewich, Music Director for Orchestra Iowa. “We wanted to celebrate this moment by offering a special performance where everyone could attend and be a part of an incredible cultural achievement.” No tickets are required for this performance. For more information, visit http://www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
The 2012-2013 season sponsors for Orchestra Iowa include: CRST, Rockwell Collins, TransAmerica, United Fire Group, The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, GreatAmerica Financial Services, The City of Cedar Rapids, The Iowa Arts Council, The Hall-Perrine Foundation and Alliant Energy.
Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre
123 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
Sunday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m., West High School
2901 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City
Tickets required, call 319.366.8203
Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m., Bridge View Center
102 Church Street, Ottumwa
No tickets required
Timothy Hankewich, Music Director
Sergei Rachmaninoff, The Rock
Michael Daugherty, American Gothic
Antonin Dvořák, Symphony No. 7 in D minor
Orchestra Iowa is recognized as the state’s premier symphony orchestra, under the direction Timothy Hankewich, now in his seventh year as Music Director.
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 82 professional musicians perform more than 120 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.