Muscatine, Iowa – The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra will ring in the new year of 2020 with its first MasterWorks concert entitled “A Dynamic Duo.” On Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. the symphony will present a concert featuring the most famous and prolific composers in Western music – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
This year, 2020, orchestras around the globe are celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Concert halls will be filled with every form of composition by this pivotal and influential composer. The Muscatine Symphony will be no different. Performing, what many would argue, is the most famous orchestral work of all-time, his Symphony No. 5 in C Minor. The opening four notes are immediately recognizable by all generations of listeners.
“It is truly astounding to see how a compositional master, as Beethoven is considered to take a small motivic idea of four notes, and then take the listener through an entire symphonic work inspired by and created through this brief musical idea,” Maestro Brian Dollinger mentions as he discusses this work. “Concert halls filled with seasoned listeners as well as education concerts full of children new to classical music can appreciate and enjoy this fantastic piece of music.”
The duo part of “A Dynamic Duo” comes in the form of the special guest artist for this concert. Maestro Dollinger combined with Naha Greenholtz, concertmaster for the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, will join forces as a musical dynamic duo for a performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, K261G. A staple of the violin lexicon, Ms. Greenholtz’s artistry and technique will be on display throughout this well-known work.
Every February, the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra’s MasterWorks concert is coupled with its annual fundraising event, “A Delicious Combination.” This dinner and concert pairing for a wonderful afternoon and evening here in Muscatine has become a yearly social event for all supporters of the arts in Muscatine. This year’s dinner will be held after the concert, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Geneva Country Club.
“The dinner is a perfect time to sit back and relax with family, friends, and other supporters of the symphony,” Maestro Dollinger reflects on the event. “And having the dinner after the concert this year gives us all a chance to celebrate and share our favorite moments from the concert while having a delicious meal prepared by the Geneva Country Club.”
For tickets to the concert, the dinner event, and the remainder of the concert season, please visit the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra website: www.muscatinesymphony.org
Tickets for “A Dynamic Duo” are:
Dinner & Concert Combo – $50 non-season ticket subscriber $40 season ticket subscriber
Concert Only – $15 / Students 18 and under FREE with ID
The 2019-20 season continues to include exciting collaborations with guest artists and musical programming that sparks the imagination or marks special anniversaries in history.
Website 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.
Major Corporate Sponsorship for the MasterWorks III: “A Dynamic Duo”, is provided by the Kent Corporation Charitable Foundation.
Muscatine Symphony Orchestra website: https://muscatinesymphony.org
Brian Dollinger website: www.briandollinger.com