Cherokee Symphony Mid-Winter Concert

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Cherokee Symphony Mid-Winter Concert, the second of this symphony’s 63rd season, will be performed Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Cherokee Community Center at 4 p. m. A full orchestra, musicians representing 20 communities, will be under the direction of Ted Hallberg, LeMars cellist, orchestra director and music coordinator for the LeMars Community School District.

A varied and enjoyable program will include Verdi’s “Overture to Nabucco,” “Respighi’s Ancient Airs” and “Dances and Newbold’s American Landscape.” Katy Price, a soprano from Merrill, Iowa, currently a senior majoring in Music Education at Augustana University, will be singing selections from Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutti”, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and Copland’s Tenderlands. Katy participates in the Augustana Choir, Chamber Choir and also the Augustana Orchestra. She was chosen as a Concerto/Aria competition finalist for the past two years. Katy plans to further her education in the pursuit of performing opera and Broadway.

Also, a world premiere composition will be played by the Cherokee Symphony featuring Joshua Reznicow’s Symphonic Overture, Theme from the American Spirit. February l, 2018, Joshua Reznicow was chosen winner of a project sponsored by Iowa Composers Forum Collaborative Commissioning Project. The Cherokee Symphony, along with the Fort Dodge Symphony and the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra, conductors all being part of the initiative, jointly chose this composition. Multiple performances of Reznicow’s work will now be provided by these orchestras.

The composer, Joshua Rezicow, is a native of the Twin Cities and holds a BM in string education and composition/theory from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters in Arts and Teaching from Coe College. He is currently the Director of Orchestral Activities for Linn-Mar Community School District in Marion, Iowa, as well as adjunct faculty at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a composer, he has written several works for professional and young groups alike, including pieces for film, piano, ensembles, orchestra, band and choral works. Mr. Reznicow is a member of the American String Teacher Association, the Iowa String Teachers Association and Iowa Composers Forum and is assistant coordinator for the Iowa All-State Orchestra.

The “1812” Solemn Overture by Tchaikovsky will conclude the program. This overture was written in 1882 and is one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular works. This overture was conducted by Tchaikovsky himself in 1891 at the dedication of Carnegie Hall. The “1812” Overture is best known for its climatic volley of cannons and is a common accompaniment to fireworks displays during the United States Independence Day. Instruments from a bell choir may be used in lieu of cannon for this program.

At-the-door admission is $12. Students, ages 18 and under, will be admitted free. Symphony Association Memberships will be honored. More information is available by calling Donna M. Hicks at l-712-225-5216.