Orchestra Iowa rolls out red carpet for 2016-17

Season soloists include 'Wicked' Broadway actresses, Branford Marsalis

Jazz saxophone legend Branford Marsalis will join Orchestra Iowa for concerts March 10 at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City and March 11 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids. (Roger Thomas)
Jazz saxophone legend Branford Marsalis will join Orchestra Iowa for concerts March 10 at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City and March 11 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids. (Roger Thomas)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two actresses from Broadway’s “Wicked” and jazz sax master Branford Marsalis will be flying onto the midst of Orchestra Iowa’s 2016-17 season — along with Masterworks concerts, opera, ballet, pops and chamber series.


l Brucemorchestra: 7 p.m. Sept. 17, Brucemore front lawn. A celebration of Grant Wood’s 125th anniversary, blending country, folk and classical music. Program: Anderson, “Chicken Reel”; Copland, “Suite from Billy the Kid”; Daugherty, “American Gothic,” commissioned by Orchestra Iowa; and Mussorgsky, “Pictures at an Exhibition.” With Mike Maas & Friends.


l Pastoral Beethoven: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. Program: Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4, “The Italian”; Mozart, Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K. 495, with Andy Harris, principal French horn; Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral.”

l A Night in Prague: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Paramount Theatre. Program: Janacek, “Moravian Dances”; Mozart, Symphony No. 38, “Prague”; Dvorak, Symphony No. 8.

l American Mystics: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Paramount Theatre; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Iowa City West High School. Program: Hovhaness, “Mysterious Mountain” (Symphony No. 2), Op. 132; Barber, Violin Concerto, Op. 14, with Dawn Gingrich, concertmaster; Ives, “The Unanswered Question”; Hanson, Symphony No. 2, “Romantic.”

l Marsalis In Iowa: 7:30 p.m. March 10, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City; 7:30 p.m. March 11, Paramount Theatre. Program: Ellington. “Three Black Kings”; S. Beamish, “Under the Wing of the Rock: Saxophone Concerto No. 2” and Williams, “Escapades,” both featuring three-time Grammy winner Branford Marsalis, saxophone; Copland, Symphony No. 3.

l 1,001 Arabian Nights: 7:30 p.m. May 6, Paramount Theatre. Program: Prokofiev, “Lieutenant Kije Suite”; LISZT, Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, featuring German pianist Andreas Klein; Rimsky-Korsakov, “Scheherazade.”


l Epic Bach: The B Minor Mass: 7:30 p.m. June 3, Paramount Theatre; 2:30 p.m. June 4, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts; with five soloists and Chorale Midwest.


l Double Bill: 8 p.m. Jan. 13 and 2 p.m. Jan. 15, Paramount Theatre. Program: Mascagni, “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo, “Pagliacci.” The jealousies and passions of a troupe of strolling actors in “Pagliacci” (or “Clowns”) pairs with the emotional story of love and betrayal in the Sicilian countryside in “Cavalleria Rusticana.”


l Wicked Divas: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Paramount Theatre. Program: diva showstoppers from Broadway, opera and pop, featuring selections from “Wicked,” by Emily Rozek and Julia Murney, who played Elphaba and Glinda on Broadway.

l Holiday Spectacular: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Paramount Theatre. With Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, Discovery Chorus, Espressivo Strings and more.

l Faithfully: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Journey and Classic Rock: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Paramount Theatre. The full symphony orchestra celebrates the music of Journey, which charted such hits as “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Open Arms” and “Wheel in the Sky.”

l John Williams Night at the Movies: 7:30 p.m. May 20 and 2:30 p.m. May 21, Paramount Theatre. Williams has score the soundtracks for some of the greatest blockbusters of the past four decades, including “Star Wars,” “E.T.,” “Jurassic Park,” “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones” and “Schindler’s List.”


l The Soldier’s Tale: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24, Opus Concert Cafe, Cedar Rapids; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Program: Stravinsky, “L’Histoire du Soldat” (“The Soldier’s Tale”).

l A Point of Departure: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and 21, Opus Concert Cafe, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Program: Loeffler, “La Cornemuse” from Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola and Piano; C. Shaw, “Punctum”; J. Adams, “Fellow Traveler”; Brahms, Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34.


Thank you for signing up for our e-newsletter!

You should start receiving the e-newsletters within a couple days.

l Spring Serenade: 7:30 p.m. April 21 and 22, Opus Concert Cafe; 2:30 p.m. April 23, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Program: Kodaly, Serenade for Two Violins and Viola; Ravel, Introduction and Allegro; Beethoven, String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132.


l The Nutcracker: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Paramount Theatre; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Adler Theatre, Davenport.

l Wild, Wild West: 7:30 p.m. March 25 and 2:30 p.m. March 26, Paramount Theatre; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 1, Adler Theatre. Program: Copland, “Rodeo” and “Billy the Kid.”


l On sale: Paramount Ticket Office, 119 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 366-8203 or Artsiowa.com



IOWA CITY - The two houses on the Riverside Theatre stage tell two completely different stories. One is neatly painted white, with a sliding-glass door leading to a deck sporting a shiny barbecue grill and pretty patio furniture. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - 'Turandot,' Puccini's final opera, is magnificent from its gruesome beginning to its triumphant ending - a monumental way to celebrate the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's 20th season.This is a masterpiece of casting, c ...

Give us feedback

Have you found an error or omission in our reporting? Tell us here.

Do you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.