The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 65th Anniversary season opening with Pictures at an Exhibition, October 7-8
Pianist Lorraine Min
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra celebrates its long history as a cultural cornerstone of the arts in Dubuque as its 65th Anniversary season opens with “Pictures at an Exhibition”, October 7-8 at Five Flags Theater.
“Our 2023-24 season opens with thrilling audience favorites as we return to the full sonic splendor of a large orchestra filling the stage,” shares Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator. “Pianist Lorraine Min returns to perform Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto. This work is so rich in melodies and stunning virtuosity. I can hardly wait to hear Lorraine perform this musical treasure!”
The orchestra’s string and percussion sections are featured in Chokfi, by composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate. A citizen of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, Tate is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. Chokfi’ (choke-fee), Chickasaw word for rabbit, depicts an important trickster legend within Southeast American Indian cultures. Varying string and percussion techniques and colors represent its complicated and diabolical personality.
The orchestra will shine with the brilliant and bold sonorities of another great favorite: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The DSO will partner with Bluff Strokes, projecting original artwork created by local and regional artists.
“We will welcome and recognize some of the local artists at this performance as well. This will be a really cool collaboration! After the Saturday night concert, the audience is invited to join me, DSO musicians, Lorraine Min, and the artists for a reception. Don’t miss this special opening night!”
Concerts will be held 7:30 pm Saturday, October 7 and 2:00 pm Sunday, October 8 at Five Flags Theater. Tickets ($20-89) are available through Five Flags Box Office, or www.dubuquesymphony.org (Ticketmaster fees apply to online purchases). Season tickets are still available by calling the DSO office at 563-557-1677.
An open rehearsal, held Friday, October 6 at 7pm, is a great opportunity to watch how the DSO shapes and fine-tunes a piece of music before presenting it in concert. Free and open to the public. Enter through theater doors on Main Street.
This concert is made possible by the generous support of Cottingham & Butler.
Music Director/Conductor William Intriligator