Maestro Lee Thorson, a cellist and instructor from Storm Lake, has been conductor of the Cherokee Symphony since 1981, and Maestro Thorson will be recognized for his 30th year as conductor at the Oct. 30 concert. The concert on the 30th will be a Pops Concert, featuring selections from "Wicked," "Schindler's List," "The Chronicles of Narnia," and a "Harry Potter Symphonic Suite."
Maestro Thorson will also perform as a soloist on the cello, along with violinist Grant Beckwith, on Handel's "Passacaglia." Beckwith will also be featured as soloist on "Three Pieces from 'Schindler's List,' and River Valley teacher (and frequent Cherokee Community Theater actor) Ryan Brown will be the narrarator of "The Wolf Was Framed!"
This 60-member orchestra provides the community with the highest quality musical entertainment while giving musicians in the area a semi-professional outlet for their talents. The Cherokee Symphony has been referred to as "the best kept secret in Northwest Iowa."
This year's Mid-Winter Concert will be March 4, 2012, with Ted Halberg of Le Mars as Guest Conductor, and the final concert of the season, the Young Artists' Concert, will be April 22, 2012. The 'Young Artists' Concert' showcases the winners of auditions held earlier, and It is always thrilling to hear these young soloists perform. As a footnote, Grant Beckwith, who will be featured as a soloist at the October 30th concert and is now a member of both the South Dakota Symphony and Sioux City Symphony, was himself a featured "young artist" at the "Young Artists' Concert" more than 20 years ago.
Young musicians who are interested in auditioning for the "Young Artists' Concert" may contact Lee Thorson at 712-732-1497 to arrange for an audition.