Experience four foundational composers from around the world…

  • Friday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. at Iowa City West High School
  • Saturday, February 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre
  • Sunday, February 9, 3:00 p.m. at Fairfield Sondheim Center

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA- January 2014- Orchestra Iowa’s Sinfonia Shostakovich will be performed on February 7 – 9 in various locations throughout the Eastern Iowa.

This concert lets audiences embark on a journey through the music capitals of the world, experiencing works from some of the most revered composers in classical music. Travel from Germany, to Austria, to Russia, and back to the United States, all in the course of one evening.

Beethoven’s Leonore Overture comes from the only opera he ever composed, Fidelio. While the opera was never as successful as his orchestral works, Beethoven revised this overture four times in pursuit of perfection. Orchestra Iowa will perform his third heroic revision.

Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, elegant and exciting, features the brilliance of Orchestra Iowa’s newly appointed Concertmaster, Luke Witchger, and principle violist Lisa Ponton. The beautiful interaction between the orchestra and the soloists will bring the audience to high spirits during what has been said to be a “virtuosic finale”.

“I am ecstatic for our audiences to hear our soloists’ incredible abilities showcased in this concert. For Luke in particular, this will serve as a powerful introduction to the community as a debut soloist with the Orchestra,” said Timothy Hankewich, Orchestra Iowa’s music director.

After intermission, American composer Samuel Barber’s First Essay for Orchestra promises lush, lyrical sounds that will captivate listeners. Rounding out this sonorous evening is Russian master Shostakovich’s first symphony. Although written when he was just a teenager, it tellingly reflects Shostakovich’s creative prowess and shows his vivid and imaginative style. This combination of master composers from around the globe promises to be a musical experience not to be missed.

Tickets for the performance range in price from $19- $49 and may be purchased online at OrchestraIiowa.org or by calling 319.366.8203. Tickets are also available through the Orchestra Iowa Ticket Office at 119 Third Avenue SE. *Tickets for Sunday, February 9 performance are available through the Fairfield Sondheim Center at Fairfieldacc.com or by calling 641.472.2787.

Sinfonia Shostakovich

Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Iowa City West High School

Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre

Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m.

Fairfield Sondheim Center

Tickets required, call 319.366.8203

*Orchestra Iowa – *Timothy Hankewich, Music Director


Ludwig van Beethoven- Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72a
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364
(Concertmaster, Luke Witchger; Violin, Lisa Ponton, Viola)
Samuel Barber- Essay No. 1 for Orchestra, Op. 12
Dmitri Shostakovich- Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

Orchestra Iowa

Founded in 1921, Orchestra Iowa is widely recognized as the state’s premier symphony orchestra. The Orchestra’s mission is to foster enjoyment of, and support for fine symphonic music through quality performances, education and community involvement. Under the direction of Timothy Hankewich, now celebrating his eighth season as Music Director, its 68 professional musicians perform more than 150 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.