Mighty Wurlitzer to sing again

Orchestra Iowa begins new season with ‘Resurrection' Symphony No. 2

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The Mighty Wurlitzer will be whirling through Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2 a year from now at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids.

That work is most appropriate, since the majestic pipe organ that’s been thrilling Paramount throngs since 1928 has been resurrected from the Floods of 2008. It will sing again with Orchestra Iowa on March 8, 2014.

“The centerpiece of the entire season is the Resurrection symphony,” says Maestro Timothy Hankewich, the orchestra’s music director. “That’s the program we initially intended to open the Paramount with, but we had to wait — the Wurlitzer wasn’t ready yet. That part of the program will use everything, including the kitchen sink.

“A program like this doesn’t come around very often, because of the numerous forces required. The orchestra is so large that it features offstage brass, ensembles in the audience, the organ, of course, and a chorus. We’ll maximize the entire potential of the Paramount,” Hankewich says.

That’s just one of the highlights of the orchestra’s 2013-14 season in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Coralville venues.

Theatre Cedar Rapids is joining forces with the orchestra to make treble right here in River City, with a concert version of “The Music Man.” Iowa’s quintessential contribution to musical theater will spring to life in five performances Sept. 26 to 29 on the Paramount stage, as part of TCR’s 80th anniversary celebration.

Ballet Quad Cities is continuing its partnership with the orchestra, in a new venture called Ballet Iowa. The organization will launch a three-year Stravinsky Ballet Trilogy project, beginning with “The Rite of Spring” on April 5 and 6, 2014, at the Paramount. Ballet Iowa will have its own subscription series, featuring “Dracula” in October, “The Nutcracker” in December and the Stravinsky.

Current season ticket holders can order series subscriptions now for all concerts from Brucemorchestra to chamber performances. General public tickets go on sale this summer. For more information, call (319) 366-8203 or watch for details on the Web at Orchestraiowa.org.


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