2019-2020 Season

Oct 5, 2019: Feasts for the Ears featuring Caleb Polashek, violin

Caleb Hans Polashek returns for another thrilling performance with the Central Iowa Symphony as we open our 2019-2020 season in extravagant style. A hometown favorite, Polashek offers a rare combination of technical wizardry and interpretive adventurousness, guaranteeing an unforgettable rendering of Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Duke Ellington’s suite from The River opens the auditory feast in sumptuous style.

Dec 7, 2019: Stories and Pictures featuring Patrick Determan, narrator

Mystery and mastery abound when Nathaniel Stookey’s musical whodunit is paired with Ravel’s brilliant take on a beloved classic. Narrator Patrick Determan joins the orchestra for Lemony Snicket’s tale of murder among the musicians and a section-by-section quest to find the culprit. Pictures at an Exhibition is a perfect follow-up to the investigation, an unforgettable journey through one of the greatest displays of orchestrational prowess ever composed.

Mar 1, 2020: Young Artists Concert

Take a glimpse into the musical future with our celebration of young musicians, featuring soloists selected in the annual CIS Young Artists Competition. These dazzling displays of youthful virtuosity are perfectly complemented by our third collaboration with the Ames High School Orchestra for a stirring performance of Elgar’s Serenade for Strings.

May 2, 2020: In New Territory featuring Daniel J Krumm, percussion

Our season finale takes a journey into new sonic worlds and experimental paths, beginning with a concerto that brings the back of the orchestra to the front as soloist Daniel J Krumm leads listeners through a panoply of soundscapes that can only be achieved in the realms of percussion. Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D minor, a rare excursion into the symphonic domain by a French composer, brings the season to a rousing conclusion with haunting melodies and a triumphant finale.

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