Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, welcome to our 2017-2018 Season!  This year our programming continues to draw attention from all over, exploring the remarkable range of orchestral repertoire from the timeless and traditional to the new and adventurous.

Season highlights include: Grammy Award winner, Zuill Bailey, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a dramatic performance of Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, and the return of 2017 Iowa Piano Competition champion, Mackenzie Melemed.  In addition, we will explore the works of Kodály, Mussorgsky, Respighi, and Debussy, to name a few, and also welcome back the Siouxland Youth Orchestra for yet another exciting side-by-side performance with the musicians of the SCSO. We will continue with our film series, presenting one of the greatest collaborations of screen and score with the timeless classic, Fantasia. In December, we will present Christmas with the Symphony and in March, the award-winning performing group Cherish the Ladies, for an evening of song, celtic dance, and storytelling. 
 
2018 the will mark the 100th birthday of one of America’s greatest composers, Leonard Bernstein.  As part of our Season Finale, we will undertake one of the most remarkable and significant projects in SCSO history.  In partnership with famed director, Claudia Solti, the SCSO will present, WEST SIDE STORY. The full production will make musical history as the cast, lead by some of the greatest young talents from across the nation, will share the stage with the entire orchestra, side-by-side. This groundbreaking production will also be enhanced by a completely digital set through a series of projectors, lights, screens, and scrims, that will transport you to the streets of New York City right in front of your very eyes.
 
Over all, our 2017-2018 Season promises to be one of our most incredible seasons yet.  Thank you for your continued enthusiastic support and belief in what we are doing here in Sioux City.
 
This year, come as you are, be energized, be inspired, and join us in welcoming this sensational 102nd Season that lies ahead.  

Ryan Haskins

Music Director

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