The renowned Cherokee Symphony, now in its 53rd consecutive season, will present its annual Mid-Winter Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in the renovated Cherokee Community Center.
The popular concert will feature violinist Grant Beckwith playing Mozart's Violin concerto No.5.
Beckwith started playing violin at age 5 in Charleston, West Virginia, and continued his studies through college. Beckwith is a past winner of the Cherokee Symphony Young Artist competition and is now a lawyer who lives in Sioux City, and is a member of both the Sioux City Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony.
Beckwith's parents are longtime members of the Cherokee Symphony - Bonnie Beckwith, violin-Concertmaster; and Walter Beckwith, flute-percussion.
Grant has also served as Concertmaster for the Cherokee Symphony in the past. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1992 with a B.A. in German, and a B.B.A. in Finance. He graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1998.
Grant played the Chausson Poeme with Thorson and the Cherokee Symphony more than 20 years ago as a winner of the Symphony's Young Artist competition.
Other works to be performed by the Symphony for this concert include Rienzi Overture by Wagner, and Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, including Morris Dance, Song without Words, Song of the Blacksmith, and Fantasia on the Dargason.
Maestro Lee Thorson is in his 29th year as Cherokee Symphony Conductor.
The concert will be held at the Cherokee Community Center, 520 W. Bluff St. in Cherokee. Admission is by season ticket or tickets are available at the door. Cost is $10 for adults; students through high school are admitted free.
For more information, write the Cherokee Symphony Association, P.O. Box 25, Cherokee, Iowa 51012. Or, contact Donna M. Hicks at 225-5216. Or, visit the web site at