Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Presents “Red, White, and Blue” Concert Featuring Renowned Pianist Jeffrey Biegel

Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Presents “Red, White, and Blue” Concert Featuring Renowned Pianist Jeffrey Biegel

Apr 1, 2024 | Press Releases

Muscatine, IA – The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is thrilled to announce its upcoming MasterWorks V concert titled “Red, White, and Blue,” a patriotic celebration through music, to be held in April. This exceptional concert will spotlight the extraordinary talent of visiting artist Jeffrey Biegel, who brings not only his virtuosic piano skills but also a dedication to American musical heritage.

Concert Highlights:

  • Date & Location: April 13, 2024, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Muscatine, Iowa. The concert promises to be a memorable close to the 2023-24 season, blending the MSO’s reputation for excellence with the iconic American themes.
  • Repertoire: The performance will feature pieces that resonate with American spirit and history, including a special highlight, the “50 State Rhapsody,” an initiative by Jeffrey Biegel to honor the centennial of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

About Jeffrey Biegel: Jeffrey Biegel is renowned for his multifaceted career as a pianist, composer, and educator, including a Grammy-winning recording, more than 25 commissioned works and performances at major venues. His involvement with the “50 State Rhapsody” initiative demonstrates his commitment to celebrating American music across all fifty states, a project that has seen collaboration with orchestras nationwide.

The 50 State Rhapsody Initiative: This innovative project, believed to be the first of its kind and spearheaded by Biegel, aims to commemorate the centennial of “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. By commissioning a new work, “Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue,” to be performed in every state, Biegel fosters a nationwide celebration of American music and unity in a post-pandemic world.  The MSO will be the sole representative for the state of Iowa in the Initiative.

From Maestro Brian Dollinger:  “To represent the State of Iowa in this national initiative is truly an honor for me and the organization.  There are many wonderful orchestras in Iowa, and for us to be their representative in this project is incredible,  Bringing a truly world-class artist as Mr. Biegel to Muscatine is a boon.  He has concertized all over the world and worked with the best orchestras.  To get this opportunity is truly remarkable.”

About the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra: The MSO, a cornerstone of cultural life in Muscatine, is dedicated to enriching the community through the power of music. Led by passionate musicians and a commitment to excellence, the MSO offers a season filled with diverse and inspiring performances.

Tickets & Information: Tickets for “Red, White, and Blue” are available now. For more information on purchasing tickets, concert times, and venue details, please visit the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra’s website at Muscatine Symphony Orchestra.

Join us for an evening that celebrates the spirit of America through the universal language of music. The “Red, White, and Blue” concert is a testament to the enduring power of American music and the talent that continues to elevate it on the national stage.

Contact: For media inquiries and additional information, please contact Gretchen Nollman of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra at [email protected].

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