Eric McIntyre, CIS Music Director and Conductor

Message from the Maestro

Eric L. McIntyre

CIS Music Director and Conductor

The 2019-2020 season marks my eleventh as Music Director of the Central Iowa Symphony, and I invite you to join me as I set off into my second decade with the orchestra.  We have a spectacular array of music and dynamite soloists lined up to ensure a fantastic experience at every performance.

In programming this season, where most of the concerts consists of just two works, I came to think of it as a series of "Perfect Pairings," much in the way a chef strives to match fine foods in ideal combinations.  The challenge is to achieve the perfect balance of sonic "flavors" of style, mood, musical language, and more.  I hope you will agree with me that we have some tantalizing pairs on each menu.  We open in grand style, featuring the remarkable artistry of violin soloist Caleb Hans Polashek on a program that matches the German romantic drama and exquisite balance of Brahms's Violin Concerto with the jazz-infused elegance of Duke Ellington's suite from The River.  December's concert delves into the world of symphonic colors with a zany tour of orchestral instruments and a delightfully sinister Lemony Snicket story narrated by actor Patrick Determan.  After our introductions to the orchestra, Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition reveals the extraordinary panorama of possibilities that can be achieved through masterful combinations of instruments.  We are also thrilled to welcome the Ames High School Orchestra back for a third collaboration, this time on Elgar's Serenade for Strings, as part of our Young Artists Concert.  The final pairing comes in May with a virtuosic percussion concerto performed by Daniel J Krumm that strikes a brilliant contrast with Cesar Franck's romantic Symphony in D Minor, a hauntingly beautiful score that has not been performed by CIS since 1987!

Whatever your taste, we have something for everyone this season, and I hope you will join us and sample everything we have to offer.  And please be sure to bring a friend or two and share the music!