Central Iowa Symphony

Central Iowa Symphony See: http://cisymphony.org The Central Iowa Symphony is a community orchestra, united by a love of music and dedication to the art of orchestral performance, whose collective goal is to foster quality performances, offer satisfying musical experiences, and nurture educational and cultural growth in central Iowa.

We of the Central Iowa Symphony care deeply about protecting our friends and family, patrons and musicians. In order to ...
04/12/2020

We of the Central Iowa Symphony care deeply about protecting our friends and family, patrons and musicians. In order to minimize large gatherings at this time, CIS is cancelling the May 2, 2020 Season Finale concert.

We are committed to celebrating music now and in the future and look forward to the opportunity to join musical forces again!

Celebrate Spring with an extraordinary performance by a young trumpeter! Details here: http://cisymphony.org/young-artis...
02/29/2020
Young Artists Concert – Central Iowa Symphony

Celebrate Spring with an extraordinary performance by a young trumpeter! Details here: http://cisymphony.org/young-artists-concert/ Online tickets available - save the inconvenience of standing in line! :-)

Young Artists Concert Take a glimpse into the musical future with our celebration of young musicians, featuring the soloist selected in the annual CIS Young Artists Competition, Kate McAlister performing the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto. This dazzling display of youthful virtuosity is perfectly comple...

12/29/2019
Hannukah Cantata: VIII. Maoz Tzur

The eighth and final night of Hannukah 2019 concludes with David Ludwig's Hannukah Cantata: VIII. Maoz Tzur.

A special thank you to Choral Arts Philadelphia, under the leadership of Matthew C. Glandorf, for posting their beautiful renditions of David Ludwig's Hannukah Cantatas for the world to enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfY8YmUXz1g

Provided to YouTube by CDBaby Hannukah Cantata: VIII. Maoz Tzur · Choral Arts Philadelphia · Matthew C. Glandorf Choral Music of David Ludwig ℗ 2013 Choral A...

12/25/2019
Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy - Tchaikovsky (O Quebra-Nozes)

The Nutcracker Ballet pairs the arts of Ballet and Orchestra to create one of the most popular Christmas traditions. Ballet and orchestra productions across the world perform the festive tale of a toy soldier that comes to life.

Although the original production was not a success, the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was, and Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions.

The most popular of the compositions is The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rTjJUcJNAw

Suíte do Balé 'O Quebra-Nozes' III Tchaikovsky ( O Quebra-Nozes) Щелкунчик (Shchelkunchik, O Quebra-Nozes) é um dos três balés que Tchaikovsky compôs. Foi es...

12/22/2019
Hannukah Cantata: I. Mi Y'maleil Chorus

Hanukkah (Hanukka, Chanukah, Chanukkah), also called Feast of Dedication, Festival of Lights, or Feast of the Maccabees, is a Jewish festival that begins on Kislev 25 (in December, according to the Gregorian calendar) and is celebrated for eight days.

Take a journey with us as we explore David Ludwig's Hannukah Cantata, a 24 minute cantata written in traditional Hebrew and English for SATB Choir, Soloists, percussion, organ, and strings. The Hannukah Cantata was commissioned by Choral Arts Philadelphia, and premiered in 2007 at Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia.

There are 8 pieces in the Cantata, one for each day of Hanukkah.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6tc0NZT-aE

Provided to YouTube by CDBaby Hannukah Cantata: I. Mi Y'maleil Chorus · Choral Arts Philadelphia · Matthew C. Glandorf Choral Music of David Ludwig ℗ 2013 Ch...

Dear CIS Supporter:The Central Iowa Symphony is your community orchestra. We need your support. Nearly 60 percent of the...
12/03/2019
Central Iowa Symphony

Dear CIS Supporter:

The Central Iowa Symphony is your community orchestra. We need your support. Nearly 60 percent of the funding for the Central Iowa Symphony comes from patrons like you.

The consistent and generous support from our patrons allows us to rent the Ames City Auditorium for rehearsals and performances, rent and purchase music to play, provide honoraria for performers, and to bring many of Central Iowa's (and even the world's!) best performers to our stage.

Please mail your check to Central Iowa Symphony, P.O. Box 1080, Ames IA 50014-1080

Thank you!
Sam Wormley, CIS Board President

http://www.cisymphony.org/donations.html

Central Iowa Symphony

11/29/2019

The Central Iowa Symphony is your community orchestra and we need your support. Nearly 60 percent of the funding for the Central Iowa Symphony comes from patrons like you.

Please think about us for Giving Tuesday 2019.

Please mail your check to Central Iowa Symphony, P.O. Box
1080, Ames IA 50014-1080

11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from the Central Iowa Symphony family to yours!

11/16/2019
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite of ten pieces (plus a recurring varied Promenade) composed for piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. The suite is Mussorgsky's most famous piano composition, and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. It has been arranged for other instrumentations, with Maurice Ravel's 1922 version for full symphony orchestra being by far the most recorded and performed.

Join us December 7 to hear the Central Iowa Symphony perform Ravel's arrangement, paired with Nathaniel Stookey's The Composer is Dead (text buy Lemony Snicket).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXy50exHjes

Sir Georg Solti - Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1980

Let's continue to meet our Conductor:We asked, "What is your favorite thing about being a conductor, instead of a perfor...
11/09/2019

Let's continue to meet our Conductor:

We asked, "What is your favorite thing about being a conductor, instead of a performer?"
I enjoy having the opportunity to share contagious enthusiasm for the art of orchestral music making.

and

"What do you do professionally, outside of music? What "jobs" have you had in the past?"
My primary work these days is as a professor at Grinnell College, but most of my teaching there is in the field of music. I am also a small-scale farmer, raising turkeys and helping with my wife's dairy goat operation. Along the way, I've done a lot of things, including washing dishes, selling ties at a department store, setting banquets at a hotel, and selling novelty items at carnivals and fairs. Yes, I've been a carny!

You've seen our Maestro conduct the symphony, but have you ever heard him play?!Here's a piece for digital media and sol...
10/31/2019
Surveyors - Eagle Flies Away

You've seen our Maestro conduct the symphony, but have you ever heard him play?!

Here's a piece for digital media and solo horn which he composed and performed himself, titled "Surveyors Island - Eagle Flies Away". He created this from field recordings he collected in Voyageurs National Park.
https://soundcloud.com/eric-l-mcintyre-composer/surveyors-eagle-flies-away

for horn and fixed digital media (collages of field recordings from Voyageurs National Park)

You've seen him for years, but who is our Conductor? We asked and he answered! Watch for coming posts introducing the mu...
10/04/2019

You've seen him for years, but who is our Conductor? We asked and he answered! Watch for coming posts introducing the musical and personal sides of Eric McIntyre!

Q: What instruments do you play? What do you wish you had time to learn?

A: My primary instrument is horn (French horn), but I also have some degree of ability on guitar, piano, trumpet, and flute. I also create unusual instruments out of found objects (mostly farm tools and implements) and pieces of old horns that I combine and figure out how to use in a musical or performance art context. I played cello some in high school and wish I had the time to learn it well enough to play Beethoven string Quartets! That's highly unlikely, so I'm completely content just listening.

10/02/2019
Itzhak Perlman: Brahms - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Paired with Duke Ellington's Suite from the River, our 2nd piece Saturday evening is Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, featuring violinist Caleb Hans Polashek.

The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, was composed by Johannes Brahms in 1878 and dedicated to his friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim. It is Brahms's only violin concerto, and, according to Joachim, one of the four great German violin concerti. (Michael Steinberg, San Francisco Symphony)

Here, you can enjoy the equal collaboration between soloist and orchestra, working together and merging to narrate an exquisite and nuanced musical drama.

We hope to see you Saturday evening, October 5 at 8PM to enjoy these alluring pieces, expertly paired by our Maestro.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C_U7eUbVd8

Live recording from 1978 Lawrence Foster - conductor Itzhak Perlman - violin The Philarmonia Orchestra of London Johannes Brahms - Concerto in D, Opus 77 1:1...

the 2019-2020 season marks my eleventh as music director of the Central Iowa Symphony, and I invite you to join me as I ...
09/30/2019

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 matched 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 Brahm's Violin Concerto with a 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 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!

Who's ready for the upcoming 2019-20 season? Familiar tunes, familiar faces, and totally new and surprising works await!...
09/05/2019

Who's ready for the upcoming 2019-20 season? Familiar tunes, familiar faces, and totally new and surprising works await! We hope to see you at each concert!

You have likely heard before that music helps you study. But, do you know why parents and professors alike are urging yo...
08/25/2019
The Benefits of Studying with Music

You have likely heard before that music helps you study. But, do you know why parents and professors alike are urging you to tune to iTunes? Studies have shown that music produces several positive effects on a human’s body and brain. Find out music’s effect on your body and brain, and see how to enhance your studying with songs! https://www.fnu.edu/benefits-studying-music/

Singing and music play an important role in our culture. You'll find music present in many aspects of our lives: theater...
08/19/2019
Children and Music: Benefits of Music in Child Development

Singing and music play an important role in our culture. You'll find music present in many aspects of our lives: theater, television, movies, worship, holidays, celebrations, and government and military ceremonies. At home, music can become part of our family cultures—a natural part of our everyday experiences. https://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/music-and-children-rhythm-meets-child-development

Music plays an important role in child development. Learn the benefits of music and read parenting tips for helping children enjoy music.

Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost uni...
08/12/2019
20 Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools - NAfME

Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost universal interest, many schools are having to do away with their music education programs. This is a mistake, with schools losing not only an enjoyable subject, but a subject that can enrich students’ lives and education. Read on to learn why music education is so important, and how it offers benefits even beyond itself. https://nafme.org/20-important-benefits-of-music-in-our-schools/

Read about important benefits of music and how music education offers benefits even beyond itself. And learn how you can support music in our schools.

With school right around the corner, let's take a look at the benefits of music education. These six benefits of music e...
08/05/2019
Tuning In: Six Benefits of Music Education for Kids | New England Board of Higher Education

With school right around the corner, let's take a look at the benefits of music education. These six benefits of music education not only show how music can benefit children now, but how it goes hand-in-hand with their preparation for future endeavors.
https://nebhe.org/journal/tuning-in-six-benefits-of-music-education-for-kids/

Today, children of all ages experience rigorous career preparation as part of their education. School systems strive to implement mandated standards to help students excel in standardized testing and gain necessary skills for future job opportunities. In this worthwhile pursuit, many creative school...

08/01/2019
Variations On A Shaker Melody (From "Appalachian Spring") - Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Copland was referred to by his peers and critics as "the Dean of American Composers". The open, slowly changing harmonies in much of his music are typical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit.

Copland used a Shaker song, Simple Gifts, composed in 1848 by Elder Joseph Brackett,and is often called, in the context of discussions of Appalachian Spring, "Shaker Melody", "Shaker Song", and the "Shaker Hymn".

This is another piece you can hear live, tonight at Bandshell Park at 8PM!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApkzLu80ufg

Disclaimer: I own nothing. The audio content of this video is the property of the Dallas Wind Symphony and was recorded from "Performance Today" by American ...

08/01/2019
W. C. Handy - St Louis Blues

"Saint Louis Blues" (or "St. Louis Blues") is a popular American song composed by W. C. Handy in the blues style and published in September 1914. It was one of the first blues songs to succeed as a pop song and remains a fundamental part of jazz musicians' repertoire. Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo, and the Boston Pops Orchestra are among the artists who have recorded it.

This popular American classic will be performed live for you tonight at 8PM at Bandshell Park!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkOcO5HXbk8

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