Iowa Composer's Forum, Collegiate Opera and More for October IAS

Sep 26, 2015

With autumn in the air comes many exciting Iowa arts events. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

  •  A peek at the Iowa Composers Forum’s fall concerts featuring New Music for Voice & Piano with mezzo-soprano Ann Cravero and pianist Jessica Anderson
  • A look into The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season with Music Director and Conductor Dr. William Intriligator
  •  Hancher’s upcoming season, plus their plans of moving into their new performing arts center during the spring of 2016 all outlined by Executive Director, Charles Swanson
  •  Music Director and Conductor Robert McConnell providing details about The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra’s Celebratory 65th Season
  • Documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter discussing two of her award-winning films being screened at UNI’s Clohesy Documentary Film Series
  • And three members of ISU’s Opera Studio share insights into their upcoming production of Mozart’s Magic Flute

This month, the Iowa Composer’s forum is presenting a fall program showcasing six composers who have written new music for Voice & piano. Ann Cravero and Jessica Anderson will discuss the works and their approach to performing new music. The program’s performances will take place on October 24th at 7:30 p.m. at the Opus Concert Café in Cedar Rapids, and October 25th at 3:00 p.m. at the Des Moines Social Club.

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season is full of magnificent works including Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, and a fully-staged ballet presentation of Giselle with the Heartland Ballet Company. Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator will provide an overview of the DSO’s exciting and musically rich season.

The University of Iowa’s Hancher has announced their new season that includes the Brentano String Quartet, indie folk artist Chris Thile, and many more diverse and entertaining acts. Hancher’s Executive Director, Charles Swanson, will outline their thrilling performances, plus give us an update on their 2016 move into Hancher’s new state-of-the-art facility during the spring of 2016.

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 65th season. Music Director and Conductor Robert McConnell has programmed a season that will include J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E flat, both Mahler and Mendolssohn’s 5th Symphonies, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4. Other events on SEISO’s calendar include a Holiday Concert, several chamber performances, and Kidsymphony! to introduce young children to the symphony orchestra.

As part of UNI’s Clohesy Documentary Film Series, filmmaker Dawn Porter will be presenting and discussing two of her awarding-winning documentaries: Gideon’s Army and Spies of Mississippi. The screenings will take place October 5th and 6th at 7:00 p.m. in UNI’s Lang Hall Auditorium.

On November 5th through the 8th the Iowa State University Opera Studio will present Mozart’s The Magic Flute. ISU’s Director of Orchestral Activity & Associate Professor of Music who will conduct the performances, Jacob Harrison; along with the opera’s music director ISU’s Opera and Vocal Coach, Jodi Goble; and guest stage director, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas Leslie Bennett, will share details about ISU’s upcoming fully-staged production of one of Mozart’s most popular and beloved operas.