This week’s Symphony of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “American Mystics” concert on Sunday, April 2 at 4 p.m. and Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m.
The all-American program blends the evocative sounds of Alan Hovhaness’ Second Symphony, better known as Mysterious Mountain, with the haunting and distinct music of Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question. Howard Hanson’s “Romantic” Symphony No. 2 recalls the beautiful melodies and expansive orchestration of musical expression in the late 19th century. Orchestra Iowa Concertmaster Dawn Gingrich takes center stage as soloist, performing Samuel Barber’s virtuosic Violin Concerto. An accomplished soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Dawn has performed around the globe, from Barcelona to Baltimore to Paris and more. She has won top prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition. Dawn became Concertmaster of Orchestra Iowa in June 2015, following a year-long national search. Tune in Sunday, April 2 at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. for IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast!
HOVHANESS Mysterious Mountain (Symphony No. 2), Op. 132
BARBER Violin Concerto, Op. 14
IVES The Unanswered Question
HANSON Symphony No. 2, “Romantic”
Dawn Gingrich, Orchestra Iowa Concertmaster
Timothy Hankewich, music director and conductor
(Concert recorded Jan. 28-29, 2017)