powered by  
The Gazette KCRG
Posted May 13, 2012
Orchestra Iowa ends Coe-Sinclair concerts with triumph

CEDAR RAPIDS — Orchestra Iowa’s last masterworks series concert Saturday at Coe College’s Sinclair Auditorium was a triumph for an organization that wasn’t sure of its future in the aftermath of the 2008 flood.

Maestro Timothy Hankewich thanked Coe administrators for their willingness to provide Orchestra Iowa with a performance venue when its permanent home, the Paramount Theatre, was severely damaged by flood waters. Hankewich noted that the orchestra will be returning in the fall to a restored Paramount after opening its 2012-2013 season Sept 9 with a concert on the lawn at Brucemore.

Saturday’s concert, “A Slavic Celebration,” opened with Antonin Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 8.” The familiar music is essentially a lively Bohemian folk dance that helped establish an upbeat mood for the concert.

Bela Bartok’s “Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta” required a very different orchestra layout that essentially created two string sections on opposite sides of the stage separated by the percussion section with the piano and celesta front and center.

The Bartok composition is technically demanding, but Orchestra Iowa Principal Pianist Miko Kominami and Allison Bechtum playing the celesta were more than up to the task. Unlike the expansive music of Mozart or Tchaikovsky, Bartok preferred short, rhythmically dynamic musical motives that involve fugues and canons often played inverted or upside down and backward.

Orchestra Iowa concluded the concert with a thrilling performance of Dimitry Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5 in D minor.” With its contrasting themes of strident militarism and pensive melancholy, the symphony captures the turmoil of the Stalinist period when Shostakovich feared he might be picked up at any time by the secret police.

Kudos are in order for Principal Horn Charles Harris, Principal Cellist Carey Bostian, Principal Timpanist Alan Lawrence, Principal Clarinetist Christine Bellomy and Concertmaster Tarn Travers. The audience responded with a well-deserved standing ovation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

  • Print
  • Email

Tags

Coe College, , Sinclair Auditorium

From the community

Local Life

The Gazette Breaking news and sports
KCRG News and weather source

Business The speed of business
Life Quality of life news
Government Eastern Iowa government issues
Crime and Courts Breaking crime and courts news
Higher Education Higher education in Eastern Iowa
Health Health news all the time
Outdoors Hunting, fishing, canoeing, etc
Weather Share your weather conditions with us
Prep Sports Complete high school sports coverage
Schools Covering K-12 education in Eastern Iowa
Sports & Rec Smorgasbord of Eastern Iowa sports

Follow Eastern Iowa Life



Follow Our Writers on Twitter

Cindy Hadish: HomegrownIA
Diana Nollen: diananollen