The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra presents the final in its 2021-22 Classics series: A New World Together, May 21-22 at Five Flags Theater, downtown Dubuque. “We emerge changed from where we were before the pandemic and issues surrounding social justice,” states Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator. “I really feel strongly that music can unite us, heal us and inspire us. There’s a resonance of the music, resonance of the players and audience - it takes all to be together for the magic to happen! We end this Classics Series with dance-like music by Asian American Composer Michi Wiancko, a beautiful piece by local composer Tracey Rush, a stunning flute concerto featuring our Principal Flute Timothy Hagen, and the ever-popular “New World” Symphony. Dvořák wove American roots music into this vast symphonic canvas, drawing on African American spirituals and Native American lore. You will truly be moved by this soul-stirring performance!”
“Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s flute concerto is dedicated to the memory of Zwilich’s mother, a fact that really gets at the heart of the piece,” states featured flute soloist Timothy Hagen. “Many flute concertos are full of brilliance, dramatic at only a surface level. Zwilich’s concerto is different. The music is often dark, raw, or even searing. Zwilich’s grief is palpable, and I identify deeply with it, having lost my own mother unexpectedly three years ago. For this flutist, who is so often typecast as various kinds of birds, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to perform a work of such depth with my fabulous colleagues in the Dubuque Symphony.”
Concerts will be held at 7:30 pm Saturday, May 21 and 2:00 pm Sunday, May 22 at Five Flags Theater, downtown Dubuque.
Tickets ($18-87) are available through the Five Flags Box Office, (corner of 4th and Locust) open Mon-Fri from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm or www.dubuquesymphony.org (Ticketmaster fees apply to online purchases). The Five Flags Theater lobby ticket counter opens 1 hour prior to each performance.
Pre-concert events include a Sound Bites luncheon at the Dubuque Golf & Country Club from 11:30am-1pm on Friday, May 20. Cost is $17 per person and open to the general public. Register by calling the DSO office at 563-557-1677 by Noon on Wednesday, May 18. There will also be a free pre-concert Musical Musings lecture presented in Five Flags Theater on Sunday, May 1 at 1:00pm.
This concert is made possible by the generous support of concert sponsor MidWestOne Bank; and guest artist sponsor Tim & Christine Conlon.