The Cherokee Symphony Orchestra and Board of Directors, and symphony supporters throughout the area, look forward with great anticipation to the 2008-2009 concert season.
The three popular concerts will be held on Sundays at the Cherokee Community Center at 4 p.m.
The first concert, scheduled for October 26, will be the annual Pops Concert and will feature Cherokee singers Mark and Amy Sarchet in a medley of Broadway tunes. The symphony orchestra will also perform a mix of familliar classical and movie music that will be sure to entertain both young and old.
The Mid-Winter Concert is scheduled for February 22. The guest artist will be Jason Deroche, who lives in the western suburbs of Chicago. He has played guitar since he began to walk and had dedicated his entire life to music as an educator and performer.
The final conert of the season is the popular Young Artists Concert, scheduled for April 19. It will showcase the winners of auditions held in Cherokee earlier.
The Cherokee Symphony will again be conducted by Maestro Lee Thorson, a renowned cellist and instructor from Storm Lake who has directed the Cherokee Symphony since 1981.
Area musicians interested in playng in the Symphony can contact Thorson at 712-732-1497 to arrange for an audition.
The Cherokee Symphony was co-founded in 1956 by local residents Merle Robinson and Della Beth Thomson when "orchestra" was offered by the Adult Education Program in Cherokee.
This 60-member orchestra provides the community with the highest quality musical entertainment, while giving area musicians a semi-professional outlet for their considerable talents.
Cherokee Symphony Association Memberships are now available, and organizers are soliciting advertising for the concert programs. Proceeds support the Symphony and assure the best programming available, as well as future programming.
For more information, and for those new to the area, you can contact the Symphony by writing to P.O. Box 25 in Cherokee, 51012; contacting chairman Donna Hicks at 225-5216; or visiting