The renowned Cherokee Symphony opens its concert season on Sunday, Oct. 23, featuring a potpourri of styles from Vaughan Williams to music from the movie, "Chicago."
The remaining dates include The Mid-Winter Concert on Sunday, Feb. 12, featuring noted pianist Dr. Susan Gray as guest artist.
The third and final concert - The Young Artist Concert - is Sunday, April 30, and will showcase the talents of the winners of auditions held in March.
For the Oct. 23 concert, selections include The Star Spangled Banner (2004 Summer Olympics version); New York City - Here's to the Big Apple; Irish Rhapsody No. 1; Chicago: What's Up at the Symphony (new release); Prelude - 49th Parallel by Vaughan Williams; and Gypsy by jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim.
The Feb. 12 concert features Dr. Gray as guest artist. She has been Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Dakota since 1995, and is an acclaimed pianist, teacher, adjudicator and clinician.
The Young Artist Concert on April 30 features winners of auditions conducted in Cherokee. One of the 2005 performers - Stephanie March - won the 2005 Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair. The auditions in March are open to the public at the Cherokee Community Center.
As an extra for Cherokee Symphony fans, the symphony will also perform next summer as part of Cherokee's Sesquicentennial celebration.
The Cherokee Symphony, continuing under the direction of veteran Maestro Lee Thorson, was co-founded in 1956 by local residents Merle Robinson and Della Beth Thomson when "Orchestra" was offered by the Adult Education Program.
The 60-member orchestra provides the community with the highest quality musical entertainment, while giving the musicians in the area a professional outlet for their talents.
Thorson, a noted cellist and instructor from Storm Lake, has conducted the successful Cherokee Symphony since 1981. Interested musicians can contact Thorson at 712/732-1497 to arrange an audition for the opportunity to play with the Cherokee Symphony.
Cherokee Symphony Association Memberships are available, and program advertiser space is also available, both of which support the symphony programs.
Area residents are asked to support the symphony through membership or advertising by writing to Cherokee Symphony, P.O. Box 25, Cherokee, IA 51012; by contacting chairman Jim Mohn at 225-3000; or visiting the web site at www.ncn.net/~1thorson.
Tickets will be made available to the public and season ticket holders prior to the concerts. They also are available at the door. Students are admitted at no charge.