The Cherokee Symphony will present its annual Winter Concert Sunday, March 13, at 4 p.m. in the Cherokee Community Center.
The program will feature Bach's Brandenburg Concerto Number 2, featuring four talented soloists, including special guest Robert Gibson from Sioux City on the piccolo trumpet.
Longtime Cherokee Symphony Conductor Lee Thorson will join the other players on the cello.
The program also includes the hauntingly beautiful "The Tender Land" Suite by Aaron Copeland, and Tchaikovsky's rousing "Capriccio Italien."
Other soloists to be featured include violinist Grant Beckwith, Concert Master from Sioux City; Cherokee's Joseph Vanatta on the oboe; flutist Lavila Nelson, a Cherokee Symphony member and band instructor at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn; and Maestro Thorson and Judy Fells. A harpsichord also will be featured in accompaniment courtesy of James and Kathryn March of Sioux City.
Gibson is an instructor in the Sioux City Community Schools and was appointed Director of the Briar Cliff University Jazz Ensemble in 2006. He is in his 32nd season performing with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and is the founder of the Sioux City Jazz Orchestra. The renowned trumpet soloist has performed with such notables as The Temptations, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Moody Blues, Mannheim Steamroller, and Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Nelson received the Distinguished Service Award from the Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Association in 2007, is a member of the Cherokee Symphony and Spencer Municipal Band, and if founder and flutist for the Northwest Winds woodwind quintet. She is also a member of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and the South Dakota Symphony.
Beckwith if first violinist with the Sioux City Symphony, and South Dakota Symphony, and has served as Concert Master for the Cherokee Symphony for several cincerts. HE was a winner of the Cherokee Symphony Young Artist competition 20 years ago. He's a University of Iowa graduate, and received his JD degree from Harvard.
Vanatta is Band Director at Ridge View High School and has played with the Cherokee Symphony on many occasions. He has a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Wayne State College and has studied the oboe under Dr. Jay O'Leary of WSC, and Sandy Rodgers-Rock of the Omaha Symphony.
Admission to the March 13 concert is by season ticket, or $10 at the door. Students through high school are admitted free.
Don't forget to reset your clocks Saturday night, March 12 (Spring Ahead) for Daylight Savings Time or you'll be an hour late.