FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 13, 2020
Media Contact: Carmen Bugay
Muscatine Symphony Orchestra postpones remainder of concert season.
Muscatine, Iowa – In accordance with guidelines passed down by the Center for Disease Control, federal and state orders, and with an abundance of caution and concern for our audience members, patrons, musicians, and the community at large, the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra has decided to postpone its two remaining MasterWorks concerts for the 2019-20 concert season.
The March and April MasterWorks concerts have been rescheduled for the opening concerts of the 2020-21 concert season. “The repertoire on these two programs are not only fun for the musicians to perform, but are also very eclectic in the wide breadth of culture that they represent,” Maestro Brian Dollinger continues, “I believe that starting the season with music that all of ages of our community will enjoy – movies, television shows, ballets, video games, will be a great way to bring everyone back together in the fall. We’ll also be bringing this year’s Howe Foundation Young Artist Competition winner, Jonathan Chen back to have his performance opportunity with the symphony.”
The orchestra will then reprogram their November 14th concert with the repertoire from April’s “Pasión Latina.” Maestro Dollinger is hopeful that the November concert performance will bring more first time concertgoers to the symphony, “A program celebrating Latin inspired music from Spain, South America, and Cuba which also includes one of the most beautiful and recognized guitar concertos by Joaquín Rodrigo performed by artist Angelo Favis is full of fantastic, passionate music. I am hopeful that a large part of our local Hispanic community will bring their families out for this high energy performance.”
The Symphony will announce its complete 2020-21 MasterWorks season in the weeks to come, but are also finalizing plans for their annual free concert on the Mississippi Riverfront as part of the July 4th festivities.
The Muscatine Symphony has remained a cultural pillar in the performing arts organization scene here in Muscatine for almost twenty years. It has provided entertainment, inspiration, education, and employment for countless of our friends and neighbors throughout the greater-Muscatine region. Through these world-wide troubled times, the arts will continue to be a necessary part of our lives. Continued financial support helps support this organization as a nonprofit during these challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For season ticket holders, and those who had purchased individual tickets for the March and April MasterWorks concerts, you have options for your purchase(s):
- Exchange your individual ticket for a MasterWorks concert during the 2020-21 season.
- Donate your ticket(s) and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value.
(This will substantially help the MSO continuing operating over the coming months.)
- Return your ticket(s) for a refund.
- Season ticket subscribers: Receive a two concert credit on your 2020-21 Season Ticket purchase.
Please visit the Muscatine Symphony Website for more information or to let the administration know what you would like to do with your ticket(s).
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Support for the 2019-20 MasterWorks concert season is provided through a grant by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
Muscatine Symphony Orchestra website: https://muscatinesymphony.org
Brian Dollinger website: www.briandollinger.com