Orchestra Iowa’s “Mahler’s Titan” concert will conclude the 2018-2019 Symphonies of Iowa season.
Orchestra Iowa’s program opens with Higdon’s blue cathedral. Composer Jennifer Higdon’s commission was premiered in 2000 by the Curtis Institute of Music. She describes her work as “a story that commemorates living and passing through places of knowledge and of sharing and of that song called life.”
Next, Orchestra Iowa presents Bloch’s Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody with guest cellist Zlatomir Fung. A rising star in the classical music universe, Mr. Fung is the winner of the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition, 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and numerous other competitions. “His technical precision and emotionally riveting performances leave audiences spellbound in awe.” A Jewish composer, Bloch wrote the Hebraic Rhapsody using the biblical book of Ecclesiastes as inspiration. Schelomo is the Hebrew name for Solomon, who is believed to have written the book of Ecclesiastes.
To conclude their season, Orchestra Iowa performs Mahler’s Titan, of which the history of the symphony is one of “misunderstanding and rejection.” Today, it is an audience favorite.
Tune in on Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 4 p.m. and Monday, June 17th, 2019 at 7 p.m. for this week’s Symphonies of Iowa featuring Orchestra Iowa’s “Mahler’s Titan” concert.
HIGDON blue cathedral
BLOCH Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 “Titan”
Tim Hankewich, conductor
Zlatomir Fung, cello