The Cherokee Symphony Orchestra and Board of Directors look forward with great anticipation to the 2009-2010 concert season.
Most people in the area are familiar with the Cherokee Symphony's unique history and renowned tradition of sustained excellence.
People new to the area may not know that the Symphony was co-founded 52 years ago 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 - now entering its 54th season! - provides the community with the highest quality musical entertainment, while giving area musicians a semi-professional outlet for their considerable talents.
Rolfe native, Maestro Lee Thorson, a charismatic, renowned cellist and instructor from Storm Lake, has faithfully and expertly conducted the Cherokee Symphony since 1981.
Interested musicians can contact Thorson at 712-732-1497 to arrange for an audition.
This year - 2009-2010 - the concerts will again be held at the renovated Cherokee Community Center at 4 p.m. on scheduled Sundays.
The Nov. 1 Pops Concert will feature vocal soloist Gabrielle Maren. She moved to Rock Rapids after living 12 years in Nashville where she performed country/bluegrass music. Gabrielle's new album,m "Between a Tear and a Smile," was released in June of this year. She is the daughter of Jay and Anita Coon of Storm Lake. The Cherokee Symphony also will play familiar selections sure to enhance and entertain this popular annual Concert.
The Mid-Winter Concert will be Feb. 21, 2010, with an All-Orchestral Concert planned, along with a special guest musician.
The third and final Concert of the season is the popular Young Artists Concert on April 18, which will showcase the winners of earlier auditions. Year after year, people rave about the skilled Young Artists who perform at this classic venue.
Recently, a membership letter was mailed to previous and potential subscribers advising them that Cherokee Symphony Association Memberships are now available.
Also, Program Advertiser space can now be purchased for the keepsake, coffee table programs that list all the participating musicians, details of the Concerts and their musical selections, and offers a brief history of the Cherokee Symphony, along with the dozens of faithful area supporters and businesses who have supported the renowned Cherokee Symphony since its inception.
For those interested in supporting the Cherokee Symphony through membership or advertising, contact Chair Donna Hicks at 712-225-5216, or visit www.cherokeesymphony.org.