Dordt College News

NISO concert tonight

April 21, 2009

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual spring concert on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College.

Guest conductors Jungho Kim and Bradley Miedema will lead the orchestra in
this final concert of the 2008-09 season.

The concert will open with the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms. NISO’s principal horn player, Dr. Gary Reeves, will solo with the orchestra on the "Dukas Villanelle," and the orchestra will follow with Wagner’s "Meistersinger Prelude." The major work of the concert will be "Symphony No. 8 in G Major" by Antonin Dvoøák.

Gary Reeves is a native of Muscatine, Iowa. He is a professor at the University of South Dakota where he teaches horn, conducts the Concert Band, and works with other instrumental ensembles. He is a member of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the USD Faculty Brass Quintet, and performs as soloist both on modern and historical horns with the Dakota Baroque and Classical Company.

Reeves has performed with the Wildacres Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina, the Oregon Mozart Players, and currently serves as principal hornist for the summer Superior Music Festival Orchestra in Marquette, Michigan. He also has performed in orchestras with Chet Atkins, Kurt Bestor, The Lettermen, Mannheim Steamroller, Mitch Miller, the Moody Blues, Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, and the cast of Sesame Street.

NISO is comprised of the finest musicians in the tri-state area. Teaching principals are professionals and function as first chair players and teachers in sectional rehearsals. The orchestra membership includes adults of all ages, as well as gifted music students from area junior high schools, high schools, and colleges. Seven junior high and high school students receive scholarships to continue their private lessons.

As in the past, this spring concert will also feature the unveiling of the 2009-2010 Season of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra with a special, one-night-only discount for those purchasing season tickets.

NISO is supported by the Iowa Arts Council, the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council, the Friends of the Symphony, and individual patrons and business establishments.

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