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Symphony RAGBRAI Concert a huge success

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cherokee Symphony conductor Lee Thorson stayed cool at the July 22nd Symphony concert, donning his biker shorts and tee-shirt on "RAGBRAI Sunday" in Cherokee. Photo contributed
The renowned Cherokee Symphony rose to the occasion and performed an outstanding concert at the Washington High School Auditorium during the overnight stay of the RAGBRAI riders in Cherokee July 22.

Overcoming obstacles such as the absence of several orchestra members and the "death" of the auditorium's air conditioning system during their rehearsal, the Symphony rebounded and gave a performance on Sunday evening to which a Standing Room Only audience gave three standing ovations.

Symphony members were very appreciative of Cherokee School District Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds Dave Moore, who was able to revive the air conditioning, thus averting either of these potential situations: 1) finding a new (non-existent) venue for Sunday's concert, or 2) the symphony and audience suffering through the oppressive heat and subsequently having their enjoyment of the music lessened considerably.

Concert Master Grant Beckwith of Sioux City performed a violin solo at the July 22nd Cherokee Symphony concert. Photo contributed
Veteran Maestro Lee Thorson, an avid biker, conducted the Symphony at Sunday's concert wearing his biker shorts, and Concert Master Grant Beckwith of Soux City performed a virtuso solo on violin.

Symphony Board member Donna Hicks was very pleased with the concert, and was also surprised and pleased when two young men who were RAGBRAI riders volunteered to help Symphony Board members "tear down" after the concert.

There was no admission charged at the concert, but a free will offering was taken, and the concert was also partially funded by the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation.

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