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Wcfsymphony's "To The New World" Concert

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Jason Weinberger and Gary Kelley

This weekend, the wcfsymphony presents their “To the New World” concert on Saturday, April 13th at 7 p.m.

Executive Director Rich Frevert describes the concert as “both a musical and visual delight, as we present the artwork of Gary Kelley and the music of Antonín Dvořák.” The “unique multi-media event will give audience members the inside story of Dvořák’s inspirations during his time in America.”

A great portion of Dvořák’s music was inspired by what he experienced here in America – including his time in Iowa. His music and Gary’s artwork are amazing representations of Dvořák’s time.

The program will feature Dvořák’s New World Symphony (No. 9), Symphony No. 8, the Czech Suite, Slavonic Dances and the American Suite. Wcfsymphony’s executive director says, “unlike a traditional symphony concert, the movements of these pieces will be presented in a unique theatrical style in a set of three acts.”

The wcfsymphony has many events surrounding the performance. At 6 p.m., there will be a free pre-concert lecture with Jason Weinberger and Gary Kelley in Jebe Hall at Gallagher Bluedorn. The UNI Suzuki Strings will be performing in the lobby prior to the concert, and artwork created by the Youth Art Team of Waterloo will be on display.

After the show, there will be a free reception at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 W. Seerley Blvd in Cedar Falls.  Several of Gary’s original artworks will be on display and for sale.  The reception is open to the public.

For tickets and more information, visit wcfsymphony.org or call (319-273-4849).

Listen below to hear an interview with Artistic Director and Conductor Jason Weinberger and artist Gary Kelley.

Jacqueline Halbloom is a Sr. Music Producer and Classical Music Host