© 2022 Iowa Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Symphony Of Diversity Comes To Iowa

Courtesy of Jonathan Govias
Iowa State University
Adrian Anantawan is a Canadian violinist of Chinese and Thai descent born without a right hand.

The Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra is performing a Symphony of Diversity on March 6 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames. This program brings artists and composers to the concert hall to highlight some of the many cultures and peoples that make up America.

Credit Courtsey of Jonathan Govias
Courtsey of Jonathan Govias
Sarain Fox is an Ashinaabekwe actress, dancer, television host and indigenous rights activist.

The Symphony of Diversity is the brainchild of Jonathan Govias. This is his first year as the conductor of the ISU Symphony Orchestra and Director of Orchestral Activities. He started the Symphony of Diversity as an annual event at the University of North Carolina, but this will be the first time it will be performed in Iowa. Along with Govias, Adrian Anantawan and Sarain Fox join host Charity Nebbe to preview the event.


  • Jonathan Govias, director of orchestral activities at Iowa State University and conductor of the Iowa State Symphony
  • Adrian Anantawan, virtuoso violinist 
  • Sarain Fox, Ashinaabekwe actress, dancer, television host and Indigenous rights activist 
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa