February 23, 2017

(Sioux City, IA) The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will host the 9th Iowa Piano Competition (IPC) March 9-12, 2017, at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Sioux City, Iowa.  The three-round, four-day competition attracts world-class competitors from around the globe.   The First Round, a 30-minute solo piano recital, starts at 9 a.m. on March 9 and runs until 5 p.m. with all 12 competitors. At the conclusion of the solo recitals, six competitors will be chosen to move on to the Second Round, Chamber Music/New Music Round.  
The Second Round will feature the six semi-finalists performing piano trios and a commissioned work, Ambrosiana by Kati Agócs, composed specifically for the Competition. The Second Round will be held March 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Both the First and Second Rounds of the Competition are free and open to the public.  Following the Second Round, the three finalists will be selected to advance to the Final Round, the Concerto Round.
The Concerto Round will feature three finalists performing with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra on March 12th at 3 p.m., under the direction of Music Director Ryan Haskins.  Each finalist will perform a movement from a Beethoven piano concerto with the SCSO.  
“The Iowa Piano Competition is truly a remarkable event,” Haskins said. “Each year we see an incredible amount of applications from across the globe. We are really quite proud that today, the IPC, based right here in Sioux City, is regarded as one of the most respected and well-run piano competitions in the world.”
With $14,000 dollars awarded in cash prizes, the Iowa Piano Competition features the “Best of the Best” with competitors ranging in age from 22 to 32 years old.  The 9th Iowa Piano Competition welcomes competitors from China, South Korea, and the United States. The Competition Jury represents Russia, South Korea and the United States.  Past Competition winners have come from Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Russia, Uzbekistan and the United States.  
The 9th Iowa Piano Competition is generously sponsored by; KayDee, LLC, Dr. Lee and Ruth Van Voorhis, Dr. Donald and Mary K Schenk, and Larry D. and Becky Williams.
Tickets for the Final Round can be purchased by contacting the SCSO office at 712-277-2111 or online at
2016-17 Media Sponsors are The Sioux City Journal, Powell Broadcasting, KTIV, iHeart Media, Siouxland Public Media, Avery Outdoor and Avery Sign Co.  Additional support provided by Knoepfler Chevrolet and the Marina Inn and Conference Center.


February 22, 2017

(Sioux City, IA) The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra has commissioned composer, Kati Agócs to create a solo piano piece to be used during the 9th Iowa Piano Competition (IPC) March 9 – March 12, 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Canadian composer, Kati Agócs’ work for solo piano, Ambrosiana, will be featured and performed by all semi-finalists during the second round of the IPC held on Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
The Iowa Piano Competition is one of today’s most competitive and exciting international piano competitions in the United States. With three rounds of competition and $14,000 thousand dollars of prize money awarded, the IPC has for years featured the greatest, young pianists performing today from around the world.

Composer, Kati Agócs

“One of the brightest stars in her generation of composers” (Audiophile Audition), Kati Agócs writes music that is heard with increasing regularity across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Her diverse and growing body of work is hailed for merging sensuous allure with lapidary rigor and delivers a searing emotional impact. The Boston Globe has praised its elegance, citing “music of fluidity and austere beauty” with “a visceral intensity of expression” and encouraging audience members to “go, listen, and be changed.” The New York Times has characterized her chamber music as “striking” and her vocal music as possessing “an almost nineteenth-century naturalness.” A recent Guggenheim Fellow, she is also a winner of the prestigious Arts and Letters Award, the lifetime achievement award in music composition from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Music by Kati Agócs has been commissioned and performed by many premier ensembles and organizations including the Toronto Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna, Lontano (London, U.K.), the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, the New Juilliard Ensemble, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the multiple Grammy-award winning ensemble eighth blackbird, who toured the U.S. with her Immutable Dreams. Recent commissions include Devotion for the 50th Anniversary of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players;  Tantric Variations for the Cecilia String Quartet; Vessel for New York’s Metropolis Ensemble; Requiem Fragments for the CBC Radio Orchestra; Perpetual Summer for the 50th Anniversary of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Elysium, premiered by the National Arts Center Orchestra at the 2010 Winter Olympics; the short orchestral fanfare Shenanigan commissioned by James Sommerville for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, “a hoedown whirl of symphonic fun… a burst of party energy” (The Toronto Star); and Crystallography, commissioned by Canada’s Standing Wave Ensemble and noted by Vancouver Classical Music for its “wondrous ease and flow” and “exotic rhythms.”

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January 30, 2017

Sioux City, IA - The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual 4th grade Concert for Young Audiences on Thursday, February 2 at 10:00 AM at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City.  This year’s program is called “An Introduction to the Orchestra.”  The program introduces the students to the instruments of the orchestra and how music can express many emotions and thoughts from humor to patriotism. 

Pierce Street, between 5th and 6th Streets, will be closed from 9:00 AM to approx.11:15 AM to allow the school busses to park and for the safety of the 2,400 students, teachers and chaperones attending the event.   

Again, this year, SCSO will participate in the League of American Orchestra’s Orchestras Feeding America.  The students are encourage to bring a small, non-perishable food item.  These donations will be collected and distributed by the Food Bank of Siouxland.

The Educational Outreach Programs of the Sioux City Symphony including our 4th & 6th Grade Concerts for Young Audiences as well as our Ensembles in the Schools are supported by The Gilchrist Foundation, the Michael L. and Margie A. Bennett Foundation, Wrede & Barbara Smith Legacy Fund, American Pop Corn Company, Regina Roth, Gleeson Family Foundation, Klinger Companies, Inc., Gerald L. & Kathleen A. Weiner Foundation, Aalfs Family Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, and the Iowa Arts Council.


January 10, 2017

Sioux City, Iowa  – Grammy® Award-nominated singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, known as “Five for Fighting” will join the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in its first concert of the year, Saturday, February 4 at 7:30PM on stage at the Orpheum Theatre.
The evening will be filled with Ondrasik’s inspired hits, such as “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” “The Riddle,” “Chances” and “100 Years” performed with stunning live symphonic accompaniment. 
The Los Angeles-born, singer-songwriter, is a rabid ice-hockey fan, hence his stage name, “Five for Fighting,” which refers to a five-minute penalty for on-the-ice fisticuffs.  He burst onto the music scene about 16 years ago. 
Ondrasik has had his songs featured in 350 films, television shows and advertisements from HBO and the History Channel to ESPN. He has penned tunes for everyone from Josh Groban to The Backstreet Boys and has performed regularly for the United Service Organizations (USO).
Ondrasik has performed at The Kennedy Center, for presidents and world leaders, and given a special performance for NASA to commemorate the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Mission. 
“People love Ondrasik,” said Ryan Haskins, music director of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.  “John believes in music that transcends and provide an extremely powerful experience.  He always gets audiences on their feet with his energetic singing and piano-playing.”

When asked about sharing the stage with a symphony orchestra, John Ondrasik said, "There is nothing better than performing my catalogue with a live, 40-piece orchestra.” 

“I’ve always had a significant orchestral component to my records but rarely could present the songs live with symphony,” said Ondrasik.  “At this point in my career, I’ve scaled back the long bus tours and looked to gigs that are a bit more fulfilling and musically ambitious. There is nothing better than playing with an orchestra, and I believe the fans also enjoy the experience.”

His performance in Sioux City will include the #1 Billboard hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy).” The song was not just a deeply-felt, mega-hit, it served as sort of an unofficial anthem following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on American soil.  The song, which Ondrasik performed at The Concert for New York City, propelled his album “American Town” to platinum.   Ondrasik will perform other fan favorites, including “The Riddle” and his second #1 Billboard hit “100 Years” with lush orchestral arrangements.

Single Tickets are $75, $50, $30 & $15 (student and group rates available) can be purchased by calling the Symphony Box Office at 712-277-2111, online at or at the symphony box office located at 518 Pierce Street - downtown Sioux City.


The concert sponsors are State Steel, Sioux City Compressed Steel, Pecaut & Company, Knife River, Jebro Inc., and Kruse Chiropractic.


2016-17 Media Sponsors are The Sioux City Journal, Powell Broadcasting, KTIV, iHeart Media, Siouxland Public Media, Avery Outdoor and Avery Sign Co.




November 22, 2016


Sioux City, Iowa  – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will celebrate the holidays Dec. 10 with a concert featuring Brulé, the award-winning Native American group that has thrilled audiences throughout the United States and around the world.   The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.
Brulé is one of the top selling Native American adult/rock music groups and has chalked up more than one million CD sales around the world.  The group has won many Native American music awards and nominations. These include two prestigious honors from the Native American Music Academy in 2007:  Group of the Year and Best New Age Recording.  Media appearances include “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” and CNN “Worldbeat.”
“This concert will bring a colorful mixture of familiar holiday favorites, traditional Native American rhythms and dance, and a touch of contemporary/symphonic rock,” said Ryan Haskins, SCSO music director.  “The collaboration between the Symphony and Brulé is completely unique and it never fails to enchant audiences of all ages.”

Brulé was founded three decades ago by Paul LaRoche, a member of the Lakota tribe of American Indians.  He was adopted at birth by a white middle-class family in a farming community in Worthington, Minn.   He knew he was adopted but believed he was French Canadian.   It was only after his adoptive parents died that he learned about his Native American heritage and the existence of relatives on the Lower Brulé Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Brulé recorded its first album, “We the People,” in 1996, three years after LaRoche’s found out about his origins.
“The discovery of his true heritage - that he was the product of two cultures - was a life-altering moment,” Haskins said. “Paul has an unbelievably effective way of using his music to bridge the gap between cultures. Whether an audience member has heard Brulé before or this is the first time, being part of a live  Brulé concert is always a very moving and inspiring experience, one that Siouxland will not want to miss this year!”
In addition to LaRoche, the lineup includes his son Shane (guitar) and daughter Nicole (classical flute).

Single Tickets are $75, $50, $30 & $15 (student and group rates available) can be purchased by calling the Symphony Box Office at 712-277-2111, online at or at the symphony box office located at 518 Pierce Street - downtown Sioux City.

The Wo-Xete-Hire Dancers from the Winnebago Tribe will perform as part of the pre-symphony event, Christmas Fest, beginning at 5:00 PM in the Orpheum Lobby. This pre-symphony event is $35 payable at the door, or you can reserve your space by calling the symphony office.  Come early and enjoy festive holiday appetizers and butlered champagne.  

This concert is sponsored by: Mercy – Sioux City, CF Industries, WinnaVegas Casino Resort and Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center.



October 24, 2016

Sioux City, Iowa  – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will evoke the vibrant sights and sounds of Spain during its Nov. 12 concert, España,  at the Orpheum Theater at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will be a complete exploration of  the lush, romantic melodies and driving, evocative rhythms of Spain.  “When listening to this music, you can’t help but be wrapped up in imagery of the sprawling landscapes and the warm, rich colors of the Spanish countryside,” Ryan Haskins, Sioux City Symphony Music Director, said. “Think Flamenco, castanets, and fiery passion.”

The evening will begin with the rhythmically charged rhapsody for orchestra, España, by Emmanuel Chabrier. 
 Joining the Sioux City Symphony to perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez will be multi - GRAMMY award winning guitarist, Sharon Isbin.

Ms. Isbin, an internationally acclaimed performer, is the founder of the famed guitar department at the Juilliard School in New York City.  Isbin, who has been hailed as “the preeminent guitarist of our time,” has won numerous awards and accolades including multiple Grammys and Guitar Player magazine’s Best Classical Guitarist award.  She has been profiled on television throughout the world and has a catalogue of more than 25 recordings.  

While Isbin is a master of established works for the classical guitar, she has been acclaimed for expanding the guitar repertoire with some of the finest new works of the last few decades.  She has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist, as well as numerous solo and chamber works.  In 1995, her American Landscapes, written for her by John Corigliano, Joseph Schwantner and Lukas Foss, was launched in the space shuttle Atlantis and presented to Russian cosmonauts during a rendezvous with Mir, the first modular space station.

“We are thrilled to finally welcome Sharon Isbin to the Orpheum Stage for this celebration of the colorful musical language of Spain,” Haskins said.  “She has performed with virtually all of the world’s finest orchestras and having her as part of this season’s line-up confirms the Symphony’s commitment to providing world-class artistry for our region.” “When Sharon walks out on stage Saturday night, the audience will very quickly realize that they are in the presence of one the greatest artists of all time.”

The second half of the concert features Maurice Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso (Morning Song of the Jester). Ravel brings this music to life with guitar strumming, imitated by the strings of the symphony, and rhythmic, dance-like themes highlighted by castanets, tambourine, cymbals, and 2 harps. The evening will conclude with a vivid performance of selections from Manuel de Falla’s iconic ballet score, El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-cornered Hat). This thrilling 1919 masterwork for large orchestra draws heavily upon the bold and earthy folk music and dances of Andalusia.

Start your evening off right! A special, pre-concert event begins at 5:00 PM featuring Flamenco dancing, tapas (Spanish appetizers), and a cash-bar. Flamenco dancer Julia Fernandez di Maez will perform in the lobby of the Orpheum until 6:30 PM. Ms. Fernandez di Maez is the lead dance instructor at the Taos Integrated School for the Arts in New Mexico, and is highly regarded throughout the United States. Tickets for the pre-concert event can be purchased at the door for $35.00 per person.

There will be a pre-concert talk about the evening's music with Haskins at 6:45 PM in the hall.

The concert sponsors are Ken Ackerman, U.S. Bank, and Leonard Gill and family.
Media sponsors are Sioux City Journal, KTIV, Powell Broadcasting, Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI FM 90,  and iHeart Radio.



Sept 9 2016

Sioux City, Iowa – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will launch its 101st season Sept. 24 with a concert featuring internationally renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater, located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, IA. 

Josefowicz will perform John Adams’s Violin Concerto, one of the most powerful and provocative 20th century works ever written for violin and orchestra. The concert also includes Dukas’s La Peri Fanfare and Tchaikovsky's bold and triumphant Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64. 

“Our 101st season will kick-off with some of the most exciting and powerful music of the entire year. We continue with remarkable standards of excellence we achieved in our 100th milestone year,” said Ryan Haskins, SCSO Music Director. “This Opening Night program is a truly compelling blend of musical innovation and tradition and features one of the most engaging violinists performing today.” 

This will be the first time that Adams’ Violin Concerto will be performed by the Sioux City Symphony. American composer John Adams is equally well known for his groundbreaking contemporary operas, Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. This concerto was composed in 1993 and was co-commissioned by the New York City Ballet, which accounts for a strong sense of rhythm throughout the work. 

Leila Josefowicz is one of the most sought-after performers of contemporary music living today. She frequently collaborates with leading composers and works with some of the greatest orchestras and conductors from around the world. In 2008 she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, joining prominent scientists, writers and musicians who have made unique contributions to contemporary life. Violin concertos have been written for her by composers including Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews and Steven Mackey. 

Recent highlights include performances with the Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Melbourne Symphony orchestras, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Filarmonica della Scala and the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester. 

Haskins has paired the Adams Violin Concerto with Tchaikovsky’s monumental Symphony No. 5. This work has been described as “maybe the most perfect symphony Tchaikovsky ever composed.” Created in 1888, it is one of his best known symphonies and is said to mirror some of the personal demons with which he was dealing at the time of its composition. 

“The 5th Symphony has become a staple of the symphonic repertoire,” says Haskins. “Ironically, in its day, it was considered ‘new’ music. And so it is not by coincidence that in this concert, we will experience two examples of ‘new’ music composed more than a century apart.” 

The concert sponsors are Juliet Wanzek-Everist and family, Klinger Companies and Security National Bank. 

Media sponsors are Sioux City Journal, KTIV, Powell Broadcasting, Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI FM 90, and iHeart Radio.


Sept 6 2016

Sioux City - The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) has been awarded a 2016 project grant from the Gilchrist Foundation through Security National Bank of Sioux City. The grant, in the amount of $100,000, will support the Sioux City Symphony's season finale concert on April 29, 2017 entitled, Season Finale 2.0 featuring composer/pianist Conrad Tao. 

The project is built upon the innovation and artists success of last season’s Collide concert, also underwritten by the Gilchrist Foundation. Season Finale 2.0 will be a concert experience that will unlock an entirely new and vibrant future of modern day concert presentation in one evening. For the first time in history, the Sioux City Symphony will commission a visual artist to create a work of art that enhances Tao’s piece, An Adjustment for piano, orchestra, and electronics. 

The Gilchrist Foundation was established by Jocelyn Gilchrist in December 1998 to honor her family and further their interests. The mission of the Gilchrist Foundation is to further the philanthropy of its founder and her family. The family had varied interests that embraced wildlife and conservation, the arts and public broadcasting, and disaster relief.


June 1 2016

Sioux City, Iowa – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2016-17 season. 

September 24, 2016: Opening Night with Leila Josefowicz, Violin The Sioux City Symphony begins its second century with international star violinist Leila Josefowicz performing John Adams' masterful Violin Concerto. The concert also includes Tchaikovsky's bold and triumphant Symphony No. 5. 

October 15, 2016: The Godfather Live ”The Godfather Live" brings Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece film to the magnificent setting of the Orpheum Theatre. It remains one of the greatest films in the history of film. Nina Rota's iconic score, incorporating traditional Italian folk music and jazz, is performed live by the Sioux City Symphony while the film is simultaneously shown in high definition on the big screen. 

November 12, 2016: Espana! featuring Sharon Isbin, Guitar An evening celebrating the lush, romantic melodies and driving, evocative rhythms of Spain! The program features Ravel's Alborada del gracioso, Chabrier's Espana, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, and De Falls' Three Cornered Hat Suites No. 1 & 2 

December 10, 2016: Christmas with the Symphony featuring Brulé The Symphony will present a special Christmas performance with award-winning Native American music group, Brulé. 

February 4, 2017: Five for Fighting Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, best known by his stage name Five for Fighting, joins the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra for an evening of fan favorites including "Superman (It's Not Easy)," "The Riddle" and "100 Years." 

March 9-12, 2017: Iowa Piano Competition The Iowa Piano Competition, which takes place every other year, returns in 2017. Twelve competitors from around the world will compete over four days and one will be named the 9th winner of the Iowa Piano Competition. Note: The final round / concerto round with the Sioux City Symphony will take place on Sunday, March 12th at 3:00 P.M. 

April 29, 2017: Season Finale 2.0 featuring Conrad Tao, Composer/Pianist The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's season finale features composer/pianist phenom Conrad Tao performing his piano concerto, An Adjustment for piano, orchestra and electronics. The collaboration will be visually complemented by captivating video projections, specially commissioned for this one-of-a-kind performance. The concert will also include the premiere of a new work by this season's Composer of the Year and conclude with Prokofiev's magnificent Symphony No. 5. 

Season Tickets start at just $99 for all 7 concerts, and are now on sale from the Symphony Box Office at 712-277-2111. Single tickets for all symphony concerts will go on sale Tuesday, September 6th.

Iowa Public Television to Air "Ode to Joy" Concert, Monday June 6th

May 25 2016

Johnston, Iowa – Iowa Public Television will air an exclusive broadcast of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's 2016 "Ode to Joy" concert, honoring a milestone in musical achievement. Ode to Joy Sioux City Symphony Orchestra 100th Year premieres on statewide Iowa Public Television Monday, June 6 at 8 p.m. and will air again Sunday, June 12 at 3:30 p.m.

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year with a season of great performances. The landmark series tops a century of musical excellence and community enrichment with a concert featuring Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Lincoln Portrait." The historic evening ends with nearly 400 choral musicians joining the orchestra to perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 "Ode to Joy."

IPTV's coverage of the Ode to Joy Sioux City Symphony Orchestra 100th Year program will include interviews with SCSO Music Director and Conductor Ryan Haskins, Executive Director Mark Francis and acclaimed tenor John Osborn.

"I find that singing the Beethoven ninth symphony, the choral symphony 'Ode to Joy,' for the first time is thrilling," said Sioux City native and international opera singer John Osborn. "To do it with nearly 400 chorus members and the full orchestra is so exciting – and what a beautiful auditorium."

"I've been lucky enough to work with a lot of orchestras around the world and each one, I think, is unique," said Haskins. "Sioux City certainly has that special quality."

Over the last century the SCSO has evolved from a 30-piece college ensemble to a 90-member professional orchestra. The Sioux City Symphony is a regional orchestra attracting musicians from across Iowa, neighboring states and beyond.

The "Ode to Joy" concert took place on April 16, 2016, at the Orpheum Theatre. The opulent theater, constructed in 1927, features the SCSO along with top international stars and Broadway shows.

For more information about Iowa Public Television, please contact Susan Ramsey at 515.725.9703 or

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Apr 29 2016

Sioux City, Iowa – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will present "COLLIDE," a special encore event featuring world-renowned violinist, Gil Shaham and Composer/DJ, Mason Bates. The extravaganza will begin on stage at the Orpheum Theater at 528 Pierce Street May 14 at 7:30 p.m.

"We're proud to be presenting a one of the most creative concert experiences ever seen. The evening promises to leave the audience in awe," Ryan Haskins, SCSO Music Director, said. "Lights, live music, electronics, classical traditions, projections, and special effects will all be on parade to create something that has never been seen before in the history of Sioux City, let alone the world. It's the perfect dazzling conclusion to this monumental 100th anniversary season."

Mason Bates returns to Sioux City to perform with the SCSO on his own composition Mothership. Recently named the second most-performed living composer, he currently serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His music fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno, and has been the first symphonic music to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds.

Leading conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Leonard Slatkin have championed his diverse catalogue. He has become a visible advocate for bringing new music to new spaces, whether through institutional partnerships such as his residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or through his club/classical performance concept, Mercury Soul, which has transformed spaces ranging from commercial clubs to Frank Gehry-designed concert halls into exciting, hybrid musical events drawing over a thousand people. In awarding Bates the Heinz Medal, Teresa Heinz Kerry remarked that "his music has moved the orchestra into the digital age and dissolved the boundaries of classical music."

Gil Shaham will perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major. Written in 1878, it is one of the best known violin concertos and considered to be one of the most technically difficult works for the violin.

Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time; his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy Award-winner, also named Musical America's "Instrumentalist of the Year," is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and has performed with ensembles on the world's great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

He already has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have ascended the charts in the U.S. and abroad. These recordings have earned multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d'Or, and Gramophone Editor's Choice.

Following the intermission, the audience will transition to the second half of COLLIDE with the Mercury Soul event lead by Mason Bates and joined by musicians of the SCSO. The entire club-like experience will take place underneath a huge tent that will stretch the entire block in front of the Orpheum Theatre on Pierce Street. This immersive, sonic event reimagines a world where classical music and EDM (electronic dance music) fuse together in one extraordinary space. COLLIDE combines 21st century stagecraft with club production. Mercury Soul has performed to sold-out shows around the country, from San Francisco's famed Mezzanine club to Miami's New World Symphony and Chicago's Metro.

"This is where club music, classical music - lights, and electronics all join together into one mind-blowing experience," Haskins said. "The 'collision' of two different worlds."

A few more words from the Maestro
"The COLLIDE project has been in the making for several years now and we have finally arrived. Mason and I first started talking about early concepts in April 2014. He was in Sioux City for his debut performance with the SCSO. COLLIDE is new ground for all of us - this is the very reason why it is so thrilling that these dreams are finally coming true on the 14th," said Haskins.

"For Sioux City to be a part of the exploration and discovery of the next generation of concert presentation is something that is wonderfully invigorating for this organization. With COLLIDE, we will change history - I can't think of a better way to propel the Sioux City Symphony into the next 100 years, by providing our community with creative and powerful performances. The future is exciting and vibrant - something we can't wait to explore."

The concert is sponsored by The Gilchrist Foundation. The 2015-16 Season Sponsor is WinnaVegas Casino Resort.

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Apr 1 2016

Sioux City, Iowa – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will present its 100th year Season Finale concert, 'Ode to Joy' featuring Beethoven's triumphant Ninth Symphony. Also on the program are two works by the prolific American composer Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man and Lincoln Portrait, a work that joins orchestra and narration, presenting the words of Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. The concert will take place at the Orpheum Theatre, Saturday April 16 at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert talk will take place at 6:45 p.m where Maestro Haskins will be joined by Siouxland Public Media's station manager, Gretchen Gondek for commentary and discussion on the program.

The Symphony No. 9 in D minor is arguably one of the most powerful and most well known works ever written in the history of the orchestra. Also known as the "Choral Symphony," the Symphony was the last symphony written by Ludwig van Beethoven at which time he was almost entirely deaf.
"A live performance of the Ninth is something that most people never forget." Ryan Haskins, SCSO music director, said. "This Symphony takes us through such a powerful, impassioned journey - experiencing virtually every emotion under the sun - finally arriving at the most glorious choral conclusion where we hear the words of Shiller's prolific poem - Ode to Joy."

Four guest soloists, each of whom has an exceptional international reputation of classical performance, will sing in the fourth and final movement.
John Osborn, tenor, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, graduated from Bishop Heelan High School in 1990 and received his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Simpson College. He has gained international acclaim in performances with leading theaters around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Berlin State Opera, L'Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Zurich Opera, Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels, Grand Theatre de Genève and at the Salzburg Festival. He is a specialist in the Bel Canto repertoire and French Grand Opera.

He made a spectacular debut with the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rossini's Guillaume Tell in concert performances under Antonio Pappano in 2007 and has since sung the role in Rome, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, a new production at the Dutch National Opera and at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden. His other Bel Canto roles have included Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Elvino in La Sonnambula, and the title role in Rossini's Otello.

Amanda Hall, soprano, has earned recognition for her performances of demanding roles on both the operatic and concert stages. Recent highlights include her first performances of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Gilda in Rigoletto, both with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Blanche in Hawaii Opera Theatre's production of Dialogues des Carmelites, Carmina Burana with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and performing and recording the role of Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw. Past highlights include Violetta in La traviata with Western Plains Opera Company, joining the roster of New York City Opera for its production of A Quiet Place, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni as a guest artist with Yale Opera, soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem with Lynn University, and in Haydn's The Creation with the Idaho State Civic Symphony.

Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate of Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts. She made her San Francisco Opera debut as Antonia's Mother in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. She received a bachelor's degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. Since 2008, the Ohio native has won numerous awards, from the George London Foundation Vocal Competition; the Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition; and the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition.

Canadian bass Robert Pomakov begins 2015-2016 returning for his fourth season to the Metropolitan Opera as Don Basilo in Barlett Sher's production of The Barber of Seville, and Monterone in Michael Mayer's production of Rigoletto conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. Mr. Pomakov has been a prize winner in several of the world's premier singing competitions: a finalist in the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, second place at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna and third place in Plácido Domingo's Operalia. Mr. Pomakov was decorated with the Simeon, the First Honorary Medal from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Eight regional choirs will form the close to 300 member chorus used in this performance. They are Briar Cliff University Singers, Iowa Lakes Community College Chamber Choir, Morningside College Choir, Northwestern College A Cappella Choir, Sioux County Oratorio, Siouxland Master Chorale, University of South Dakota Choral Ensembles, and Western Iowa Tech Community College Concert Choir.

The narrator for Lincoln Portrait is Maya Stojan. Stojan was raised in Switzerland and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career in 2008 after receiving a bachelor's degree in fine arts in actor training at the Hartt School of Theatre and Music in Connecticut. Shortly after Stojan arrived in Los Angeles, she started booking roles in both independent and feature films. Stojan starred on ABC's Castle and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The concert sponsors are The Wanzek Family Foundation, Drs. Diane Werth and Allan Manalan, and Thorpe & Company Jewellers. The 2015-16 Season Sponsor is WinnaVegas Casino & Resort.


Feb 23 2016

Sioux City, Iowa – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will present A Musical Homecoming featuring six nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians who hail from Sioux City, who can truly be called "Siouxland's hometown heroes." The concert will be at the Orpheum Theatre, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The six guest artists will gather for one night only to perform some of their favorite show pieces with the Sioux City Symphony and share in the recognition of the Symphony's 100th anniversary season. This concert will also include two world premiere's written specifically for this performance. The six guest artists will travel from across the country and around the globe for this very special celebration of music and community.

"Each of our guest artists has a reputation of outstanding performance in the world of music today." Ryan Haskins, SCSO Music Director, said. "Collectively, they have attracted attention through their live performances, recordings, and educational endeavors. Many of them have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. Our community has every reason to be proud of them and this unique concert provides the perfect opportunity for the SCSO to recognize and appreciate their brilliant success as musicians."

Matthew Baker, double bass, will perform Paganini's Variations on One String on a Theme from "Moses" by Rossini and will present the world premiere of Castells' Toccata for Matt, written for this performance by the Sioux City Symphony. He has achieved worldwide recognition for his work in classical, jazz, folk and theatrical performance in more than 20 countries. He currently works with the Orquestra de Communidad de Valencia, Spain, "Palau de les Arts," the opera house founded by Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. He is co-founder of the chamber group, Ensemble La Seu, and the cello and double bass duos, Bass Instinct, and Duo Maski.

Ben Baron, clarinet, will perform Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie and also present the world premiere of Budget Bulger by Ljova Zhurbin, a work for solo Klezmer clarinet and orchestra. He has performed with a wide variety of chamber, new music, theater and jazz ensembles in the United States and overseas, and he has played at numerous domestic and international festivals. His Broadway engagements include "Wicked" and "Mary Poppins," and most recently the critically acclaimed revival of "On the Town." An educator and clinician, he currently serves as the director of instrumental music at Manhattan's Calhoun School and is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York.

Ryan Kisor, trumpet, will perform Frank Proto's A Carman Fantasy. He has performed and recorded with the Mingus Big Band, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Philip Morris Jazz All-Stars, and others. In 1990, he won first prize at the Thelonius Monk Institute's first annual Louis Armstrong Trumpet Competition. In addition to being an active sideman, Kisor has recorded several albums as a leader including "Battle Cry," "The Usual Suspects," and "Point of Arrival." He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1994.

Stephanie March, cello, will perform Ginastera's Pampeana No. 2 and Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" for cello and orchestra. and she has performed as a section cellist with the National Repertory Orchestra, New World Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and last season, was the associate principal cellist of the South Dakota Symphony and member of the Dakota String Quartet. She has appeared as a soloist with the South Dakota, Fort Dodge, Waterloo/Cedar Falls, and Cherokee symphonies. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in ensembles with several Grammy-nominated artists.

Richard Steinbach, piano, will perform Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto and George Gershwin's Variations on "I Got Rhythm" for piano and orchestra. He has performed extensively as both soloist and collaborative artist throughout the world. As the grand prizewinner in the 1995 France Piano International Competition in Paris, he performed his solo debut recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris in January 1996. He has appeared as soloist with the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Peru. He gave his solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall in New York on June 12, 2015, featuring music from his seventh cd, "Fusion." The event was the culmination of his international "Fusion Project," launched in 2013.

Eric Grossman, violin, will perform Chausson's Poème. He has given acclaimed recitals and solo performances with orchestras around the world under such renowned conductors as Zubin Mehta and Stanislaw Skrowaczewki. He has presented six concert tours in Korea. He won the CUBADISCO award for his performance of the First and Second Violin Concertos, written for him by Jorge López Marin, and recorded live with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. During 2012–13 he presented a series of recitals in New York and across the United States dedicated to the compositions of Niccolo Paganini.

The concert sponsors are State Steel/Sioux City Compressed Steel, Pecaut & Company, Dr. Luis Lebredo and Ruth Rose, Dr. Bud and Joee Ziebell, Larry D. and Becky Williams, and Dr. Donald and Mary K Schenk. The 100th Season of the Sioux City Symphony is sponsored by WinnaVegas Casino & Resort.


Jan 14 2016

Sioux City – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will present a celebration of its 100th anniversary season with a concert created, presented, and performed by the musicians of the SCSO at the Orpheum Theater Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

"Without the musicians, there would be no Sioux City Symphony Orchestra," Ryan Haskins, SCSO music director, said. "In programing this historic season, we wanted to make sure that there would be one central event where the focus was entirely on our fantastic musicians of the symphony."

"February's concert will also honor past musicians, music directors, and founding board members who helped shape the Sioux City Symphony into the great orchestra that it has become." Haskins said. "Without their talent and dedication over the years, we would not now be celebrating our 100th season."

The concert, which also features a very special side-by-side performance with the Siouxland Youth Symphony, consists of four works selected by SCSO musicians. They are Mendelssohn's beautiful, Hebrides Overture, Op. 26; Tchaikovsky's animated, Capriccio Italien, Op. 45; Barber's poignant, Adagio for Strings; and Stravinsky's theatrical ballet score, Petrushka (1947 version).

Musicians will offer commentary and insight on the music being performed throughout the evening.

There will be a pre-concert talk with Maestro Haskins at 6:45 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre.

The concert sponsors are Jeanette and Michael Miranda and A Friend of the SCSO


Nov 25 2015

Sioux City – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will present its annual Christmas Spectacular at the Orpheum Theater Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will enchant the audience with Christmas carols, classic holiday favorites, the ever-popular singalongs and surprise guests. The featured guest is legendary bass-baritone Simon Estes who has earned the acclaim of audiences and critics around the globe since his debut with the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1965. Also appearing will be The Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Consecrated Mass Choir under the direction of head director Sandra Pearson and minister of music, Leland Mickels . Rick Darrow, will be playing seasonal selections on the Orpheum's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ at 6:45, prior to the concert.

"Our annual holiday concert will achieve a new level of excellence with the presence of one of the world's most distinguished bass-baritones," said Ryan Haskins, SCSO music director and conductor. "In this historic 100th year for our orchestra, we are proud to feature Dr. Estes, a top-rank international opera superstar who has achieved distinction in many walks of life."

Estes, who is a native of Centerville, Iowa, will be making his second appearance with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, his first performance being in 1968. He has performed with major international opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York; La Scala, Milan; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Lyric Opera, Chicago; the State Operas of Hamburg, Munich, Vienna and Zurich; and at the Bayreuth, Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals.

His debut as the Dutchman in Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" at the Bayreuth Festival in 1978 was the first appearance of any black male artist there. He was the Metropolitan Opera's first Porgy in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" in 1985. He has sung at the White House for six American presidents.
In 1990 he performed at the service honoring Nelson Mandela at New York's Riverside Church and in 1994 he sang for Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu in The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

Among his recording credits are works on the Auvidis, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Schallplatten, EMI, Phillips Classics and Sony Classical labels.

In 2010, Estes embarked on his Roots & Wings Tour which will bring him to perform in all 99 of Iowa's counties. He contributes half of his fee from these performances to the Simon Estes Iowa Foundation to support scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the counties where he has performed. To date, 175 scholarships totaling more than $185,000 have been awarded to students across Iowa. His foundation is involved in many partnerships that raise funds to eliminate malaria. To date, the Simon Estes Foundation has contributed $200,000 to the United Nations Nothing But Nets Campaign to help save the lives of children in Africa from malaria.

Besides maintaining an active annual schedule of performances, Estes holds teaching positions at Iowa State University and Wartburg College. He has received numerous awards, honors and recognitions including the Distinguished Iowa Citizen Award and the Alumni Award of Iowa State University.
This concert is sponsored by Guarantee Roofing & Siding, Irving F. Jensen Jr., Knife River, Jebro Inc., CF Industries, Leonard Gill and Family, and Mercy – Sioux City. The Symphony's 100th season is sponsored by WinnaVegas Casino and Resort.


Oct 23 2015

Sioux City – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will present "Ballroom with a Twist," an exciting fusion of dance, song, and music, at the Orpheum Theater Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The event combines dance music by the SCSO, live singing by former contestants from the long-running Fox show "American Idol,", and performances by professional dancers from the hit television shows "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance."
The show features a wide range of ballroom dances from the foxtrot to the samba and will provide music to match.

"This is the first time that the symphony has presented such a dazzling combination of music, song, dance, and costumes," said Ryan Haskins, SCSO music director and conductor. "It will be a night of pure excitement and entertainment."

The featured professional dancers are Chelsie Hightower, who is best known for being a regular dance partner, trainer, All-Star, and choreographer on the ABC show "Dancing with the Stars," and Dimitri Chaplin, a Russian dancer and Emmy nominated choreographer, who was a Top 10 finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance," and has competed several times on "Dancing with the Stars." Also scheduled to appear, Brent Borbon, Anya Fuchs, Alla Kocherga and Armen Way from "Dancing with the Stars"; Randi Strong, Legacy and Nick Garcia from "So You Think You Can Dance"; as well as international dance professionals Patricia Kaniowski, CJ Bair, Tony Pututau, Amy Bennett and Jenya Shatilova.

Two contestants from "American Idol," Gina Glocksen-Ruzicka (season 6) and Von Smith (Season 8) will sing with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
Haskins said the inclusion of the show in the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's 100 season lineup is a response to the huge growth of interest in dance sparked by shows like "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance."

"Ballroom dancing has a long history, but it has never had such cross-generational appeal as it has achieved in the past decade," Haskins said. "We are confident this show will have very broad appeal in Siouxland."

This concert is sponsored by U.S. Bank, K&B Transportation & UnityPoint - St. Luke's. The Symphony's 100th season is sponsored by WinnaVegas Casino and Resort.

Unique "Night at the Museum" concert celebrates SCSO 100th anniversary

Sep 29 2015

National Music Museum to allow rare Stradivari cello to be played at historic Sioux City Symphony event

Vermillion, SD/Sioux City, IA – For understandable reasons, the National Music Museum (Vermillion, South Dakota) very rarely permits its priceless Stradivari instruments to leave the museum and be played.

"So, to have the chance to hear a Strad — and in live performance — is not only a great privilege but a once-in-a-lifetime concertgoer experience," says Ryan Haskins, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra director and conductor.

On a historic evening this October, on the Orpheum Theater stage in Sioux City, the National Music Museum's 1730 Antonio Stradivari cello will come alive once again. The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) in collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) will present "Night at the Museum." This spectacular production will feature not only the NMM's Stradivari cello (played by Kenneth Olsen, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), but a historic 1780 Calisto harpsichord, an 18th-century keyed trumpet, a special 1937 Martin alto saxophone, and a stunning Indonesian gamelan.
The Saturday, October 17th event will take place at 7:30 p.m. People are urged to reserve tickets now. "This is not a concert we will be able to repeat," says Haskins.

The New York Times recently called the National Music Museum "one of the largest and most important collections of historical instruments in the world," whose "galleries teem with masterpieces." Haskins says, "It will be a great privilege, and indeed thrill, for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra to perform with these masterpiece instruments." At least two of the instruments are being incorporated into a public performance for the first time in more than a century. The harpsichord has never previously been played with a modern symphony orchestra. "It will also be a historic night for the classical music world as a whole," says Haskins.

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 100th year. "Night at the Museum" will showcase the vitality of classical music and instruments.
The NMM's rare Stradivari "Fruh" cello was originally a bass viola da gamba, made in Cremona, Italy, around 1730. It left the Stradivari workshop with five or six strings and frets but was converted into a cello in the mid-19th century to suit changing musical tastes. Formerly owned and played by cellist Karl Fruh, the cello resides alongside other National Music Museum crown jewels — an Antonio Stradivari violin, mandolin and guitar — in the Museum's renowned Rawlins Gallery.

"Some of the most common questions we get at the museum are 'What does a Stradivari sound like? Or 'Do you ever let anyone play them?' Here are some answers," says National Music Museum director Cleveland Johnson.

Among the other instruments gracing the Orpheum stage for "Night at the Museum" will be the NMM's Calisto harpsichord. One of only a half dozen Portuguese harpsichords to survive, it was made about 1780 and is the only known example of maker José Calisto's masterful craftsmanship. The Calisto will be played by award-winning American harpsichordist Byron Schenkman.

A keyed trumpet will also be making a special appearances at the event. Structurally different from the valved trumpet used by modern orchestras, it is rarely heard in performance in part because so few pieces have been written for it. "The keyed trumpet also requires an exceptional musician — a true specialist," says Haskins. "Only a handful of musicians throughout the world can play it, and well." The instrument will be played by celebrated Baroque trumpeter Barry Bauguess.

The featured Martin alto saxophone, one of the treasures in the National Music Museum's saxophone collection, was owned by renowned American classical saxophonist Cecil Leeson, who debuted the Glazunov Concerto to the United States on it in 1938. Zachary Shemon, of the acclaimed PRISM Quartet, will play the Martin.

The massive Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan, which also will be displayed in the Orpheum, is America's largest Javanese percussion orchestra and consists of more than 50 instruments. The gamelan was acquired by the National Music Museum in 1999 as the result of a generous gift from the late Margaret Ann Everist of Sioux City. Minneapolis-based professional group Sumunar (Joko Sutrisno, Director) will play the NMM gamelan.
Among the classical pieces to be performed at "Night at the Museum" are Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks; J.S. Bach's Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor BWV1056; Haydn's Trumpet Concerto; and the previously mentioned Glazunov Saxophone Concerto.
Other National Music Museum treasures will be displayed throughout the Orpheum venue during this enchanting "Night at the Museum" experience.
For further information and tickets, go to

For Sioux City Symphony Orchestra-specific information, please contact Trinette Patterson at or 712-277-2111.

About The National Music Museum:
The National Music Museum, located in Vermillion, South Dakota, on the campus of the University of South Dakota, is one of the world's finest collections of musical instruments, with 15,000 items in its holdings and 1,200 on public display. Through careful acquisitions on the international market and a network of music-loving benefactors, the NMM owns and exhibits some of the most historically significant musical instruments in existence. The National Music Museum Inc., was founded in 1973 and is a non-profit entity, in partnership with the University of South Dakota.
information about the NMM at

About the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra:
For 100 years, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra has been a dominant force in the cultural life of Sioux City and surrounding tri-state area. The Symphony has evolved from a 30-piece college ensemble to a 90-member professional orchestra that has a musical distinction and repertoire exceptional for a city of Sioux City's size.

The SCSO performs seven concerts a year and two school concerts for young audiences. It has established numerous partnerships with area organizations, including the National Music Museum, Morningside College, Briar Cliff University, Western Iowa Tech Community College and the Sioux City Community School District.

It offers a comprehensive series of arts education programs throughout the year impacting more than 14,000 students in grades K-12 throughout northwest Iowa annually.

For further information, go to our website


Sep 11 2015

Sioux City – Audra McDonald, six-time Tony Award-winner and one of the greatest theatre artists of her generation, will be the star of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's 100th season opening gala, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre.

McDonald will present an evening of favorite American songs, from pop to standards, from Hollywood to Broadway.

McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and actress. With a record number of Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a long list of other accolades, she is among today's most honored performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano and outstanding dramatic gifts, she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist.

She is the first actor ever to achieve the "Tony Grand Slam", winning in each of the performance categories for which she is eligible.

McDonald received her classical vocal training at Juilliard. A year after graduating, she won her first Tony Award for "Carousel" (1994). After receiving four more Tony Awards, in 2014 she made Broadway history and became the Tony Awards' most decorated performer when she won her sixth award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill."

She made her opera debut in 2006 at the Houston Grand Opera and her Los Angeles Opera debut in 2007 in Kurt Weill's "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny." The resulting recording earned McDonald two Grammy Awards.
On the concert stage, McDonald has premiered music by composer John Adams and sung with virtually every major American orchestra. Internationally, she has performed at the BBC Proms in London and at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic.

In 1999, the CBS program "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years" introduced McDonald to television audiences as a dramatic actress. She then co-starred in a television remake of "Annie," and had a recurring role on NBC's hit series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." After receiving her first Emmy nomination for her performance in the HBO film "Wit," McDonald returned to network television in 2003 in the drama "Mister Sterling."In 2006 she joined the cast of the WB's "The Bedford Diaries," and then had a recurring role on NBC's "Kidnapped." In 2008 she reprised her Tony-winning role in "A Raisin in the Sun" in a made-for-television version, earning a second Emmy Award nomination. From 2007 to 2011, she played Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC drama, "Private Practice." In 2013, her performance as the Mother Abbess in NBC's live telecast of "The Sound of Music" was watched by an estimated 18.5 million people across America.

McDonald has headlined numerous PBS telecasts including a PBS special, "A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House," singing at the request of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. She has made countless appearances on television morning, afternoon and late shows, ranging from "60 Minutes" to "The View."

McDonald has released several solo albums including her most recent, "Go Back Home" (2013). Her ensemble recordings include the acclaimed "Wonderful Town," the New York Philharmonic release of "Sweeney Todd," and "Dreamgirls" in concert, as well as the first recording of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Allegro" plus several Broadway cast albums including "Carousel" and "Ragtime."

McDonald's other accolades include five Drama Desk Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards, four NAACP Image Awards nominations, an Ovation Award, a Theatre World Award, and the Drama League's 2000 Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre and 2012 Distinguished Performance Award. In 2013 she was named Musical America's Musician of the Year.

Earlier this year, TIME magazine named McDonald to the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of the hundred most influential people in the world. The list recognizes the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world's most influential individuals.

She currently appears in the summer movie release "Ricki and the Flash" directed by Jonathan Demme. Next spring, McDonald will return to Broadway to star in "Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed."

Earlier this year, TIME magazine named McDonald to the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of the hundred most influential people in the world. The list recognizes the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world's most influential individuals.

The SCSO's Day of Music - Monday August 17th

Aug 9 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015
in front of the Orpheum Building – downtown Sioux City

Don't miss this all-day community event showcasing Siouxland's diverse musical scene. Stop by downtown anytime between the hours of 9:00AM and 6:00PM on Monday, August 17th and enjoy dozens of free, sidewalk performances performed by favorite local musicians and performers from the community!

Performances will last throughout the day.
A detailed performance schedule will be produced the week before the event. Check it out and come see your favorite local talent jam on our sidewalk!

The Sioux City Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – officially opening the Sioux City Symphony Office (518 Pierce Street) ...just a few doors down from the Orpheum Theatre.

Hang out with us during your lunch hour! Enjoy live music and hot dogs

August 17th is the first day single tickets go on sale!
Stop by and purchase your Season Subscriptions and Single Tickets for the Symphony's ground-breaking 100th Anniversary Season!

Break from the live performances and take a quick tour of the brand-new
Sioux City Symphony Orchestra office space.

For more information visit
find us on Facebook // Twitter
or call us at (712) 277 – 2111

No tickets required to attend this day long event!
All performers and schedule of events subject to change.


May 29 2015

Sioux City – The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) has announced its landmark 100th anniversary season for 2015-16.

The SCSO gave its first public performance on Feb. 27, 1916. The 100th anniversary of this performance will be celebrated throughout the coming season with a wide array of special concerts and events.

"The 100th year will be filled with magnificent celebrations and beautiful memories," said Ryan Haskins, SCSO music director and conductor. "The audiences will experience unique concerts paired with a variety of extraordinary, groundbreaking moments."

Haskins is only the sixth person to hold the position of music director and conductor in the history of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. He will conduct all of the 2015-16 season concerts.

Anniversary season highlights:

• The opening night gala, Sept. 19, features an evening with Broadway star Audra McDonald, winner of six Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards. McDonald, who is one of the most honored performers of her generation, will present an evening of favorite American songs, from pop to standards, from Hollywood to Broadway.

• The next concert, Oct. 17, will be a "once-in-a-lifetime" night for the SCSO. It will feature concertos performed on rare, historic instruments from the internationally renowned National Music Museum, Vermilion, S.D. The works are J.S. Bach's Concerto for Harpischord in F minor BWV1056; Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks; Haydn's Trumpet Concerto; and Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto. A variety of unique instruments will be on display throughout the Orpheum Theatre, including the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan, America's largest Indonesian percussion orchestra consisting of more than 50 instruments.

• On Nov. 14, the SCSO will partner with dance professionals from the hit TV shows Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. This dance and symphony mashup will be an unforgettable night of stunning costumes, thrilling music and electrifying performances. Also performing will be a finalist from the long-running TV show, American Idol.

• The annual Christmas Spectacular, this year on Dec. 12, will enchant the audience with Christmas carols, classic holiday favorites and the ever-popular singalongs. Special guests are Rick Darrow on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ and jolly old St. Nick.

• There will be a one-of-a-kind concert Feb. 13 when the musicians of the SCSO will truly hold center stage. The supremely talented members of the orchestra will not only perform, but will select all the music and appear as presenters. At this time, the pieces they will select remain very much a mystery!

• As spring approaches, on March 19 the symphony will stage A Musical Homecoming, a concert featuring some of the finest talent Siouxland has ever produced. Six exceptionally talented musicians will gather in Sioux City for just one night to perform their favorite personal selections. The guest artists are: Matthew Baker, double bass; Ben Baron, clarinet; Eric Grossman, violin; Ryan Kisor, trumpet; Stephanie March, cello; and Richard Steinbach, piano. Five of the artists are based in the United States; one is flying in from Spain.

• The final program of the main season, on April 16, is "Ode to Joy," a celebration of 100 years of musical excellence and community enrichment by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. Six choral groups will perform Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Lincoln Portrait, and Beethoven's Symphony No.9.

The Sioux City Symphony is proud to offer a special Add-On Concert to the regular seven concert season, May 14, which will break new ground in featuring two radically different types of music in a single night. Titled "Collide," the evening will incorporate traditional classical music, Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, performed by the world-renown violinist, Gil Shaham, with 21st-century club music delivered by Mercury Soul experience and created by composer/DJ Mason Bates. "Collide" may only be purchased at this time in conjunction with a season subscription.

Ticket information:

2015-16 subscription packages provide the best seats for the 100th anniversary season and are now available. Subscriptions may be purchased by calling 712-277-2111 or online at Season tickets may also be obtained in person at the box office located at 520 Pierce Street, Suite 375. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Availability regarding remaining tickets for individual concerts will be announced at a later time.
Visit the SCSO website at for complete season details.

About the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra:

For 100 years, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra has been a dominant force in the cultural life of Sioux City and surrounding tristate area. The Symphony has evolved from a 30-piece college ensemble to a 90-member professional orchestra that has a musical distinction and repertoire exceptional for a city of Sioux City's size.

The SCSO performs seven concerts a year and two school concerts for young audiences. It has established numerous partnerships with area organizations, including the National Music Museum, Morningside College, Briar Cliff University, Western Iowa Tech Community College and the Sioux City Community School District.

It offers a comprehensive series of arts education programs throughout the year impacting more than 14,000 students in grades K-12 throughout northwest Iowa annually.

For further information, please contact Trinette Patterson via email or 712-277-2111. Visit us at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


2015-2016 Season Announcement Event

Apr 20 2015

Please join us for an exclusive night out.
Music Director, Ryan Haskins will make the official announcement of the details surrounding the concerts and events that are planned for the 100th season!

Friday, May 1, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 PM
State Steel Corporate Headquarters, 4th Floor
208 Court Street, Sioux City, IA 51101

These are very exciting times for the symphony!
We hope you can join us and be a part of this historic night!

Thank you to our generous hosts,
The Bernstein Family

With gratitude
Juliet Everist, President
and the SCSO Board of Directors

SCSO Awarded Friend of Education Award by the SCCSD

Dec 11 2014

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra was presented the prestigious Friend of Education Award on Monday, December 8, 2014 by the Sioux City Community School District. The award was presented by SCCSD Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman on behalf of the Board. "Music Director Ryan Haskins, staff, board, and members of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra have made a phenomenal commitment to enhance the arts education of our youth and staff of our district, said Gausman, "through a partnership with our district, started on April 30, 1992 the symphony has provided our learners experiences to grow knowledge through the arts by providing ensemble performances at the building level and symphony performances at Eppley and now the Orpheum Theatre."

The SCSO, as a part of its educational outreach programs, provides a 4th, and a 6th grade Concert for Young Audiences at no cost to Siouxland area schools. Participating school districts provide bus transportation to these "sold-out" youth concerts. Additionally, the SCSO has three ensembles; Woodwind, Brass, and String, who each perform for 3rd – 5th graders in all of the Sioux City elementary schools. The Ensembles in the Schools program gives students the opportunity to experience a wide variety of live music and interact directly with Symphony musicians.

"We are extremely proud of the Symphony's partnership with the Sioux City Community Schools," said Music Director Ryan Haskins, "arts education is critical to our students' development in every academic area including, math, science, and language." Haskins also praised Dr. Gausman and the SCCSD Board for their continued commitment to the District's K-12 Fine Arts program.

The SCSO's Concerts for Young Audiences each host 2,500 students per performance in the Orpheum Theatre. To enhance the concert experience for the students, the SCSO provides study guides and audio samples of the works performed to all participating music teachers. The annual 4th Grade Concert for Young Audiences will be held February 12, 2015. To learn more about the SCSO's Educational Outreach Programs, call the Symphony office at 712-277-2111.

Photo credit: P. Toben

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Sioux City Symphony's 2014 6th Grade Concert for Young Audiences

Oct 14 2014

***Street Closure: Pierce Street between 5th & 6th Streets in front of the Orpheum from 8:30 - 11:15AM Thursday morning***


For Immediate Release:
October 14, 2014

Sioux City Symphony - October 16, 2014
Concert for Young Audiences
6th Grade Concert – Land, Air, and Sea

The Orpheum Theatre will again be "sold out" when the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra performes its annual 6th Grade Concert for Young Audiences on Thursday morning, October 16, 2014.

For over 30 years, as part of its mission in the area of education and community outreach, the SCSO has performed a live Symphony concert for the 6th graders of Siouxland. Over 2400 students and teachers will attend the annual 6th Grade Concert for Young Audiences. Sixth grade students from the Sioux City Community Schools, Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools, Dakota Valley, LeMars Community Schools and LeMars Gehlen will attend the performance. Other schools participating are Battle Creek-Ida Grove, Marcus Meriden Cleghorn, Cherokee, River Valley, Boyden Hull, Storm Lake, Akron-Westfield, and Aurelia. Several Nebraska schools will travel to Sioux City; including Allen, Verdigre, Wakefield and Ponca. The SCSO is proud to partner with the Sioux City Community School District to offer this unique live orchestral performance. "The support of Dr. Paul Gausman and the Sioux City Community Schools shows the commitment we have in our community to the areas of music and fine arts education," said David Krogh SCSO Executive Director. The performance will be conducted by SCSO Music Director Ryan Haskins and is designed to educate the students in the areas of orchestra composition and musical storytelling. "Music Director & Conductor Ryan Haskins has again programmed an interactive, educational performance for our students," said Krogh, "this concert can serve as a life changing event in the musical development of our Siouxland area children. For many students, this is their only opportunity to attend a live symphonic performance in the world-class Orpheum Theatre.

Over 60 busses will be parked downtown in front of the Orpheum Theatre closing Pierce Street between 5th and 6th Streets. Busses will also be parked on 6th Street partially closing 6th Street between Nebraska Street and Douglas Street from 8:30 am to 10:45 am.

This performance is made possible by the generous financial support of; The Gilchrist Foundation, Regina Roth, Jolly Time Popcorn, The Aalfs Family Foundation, The Siouxland Youth Foundation, and Bomgaars. Additional funding for the concert is provided by the Iowa Arts Council and the Nebraska Arts Council.

The Symphony also performs a 4th grade school concert in the Orpheum Theatre in February along with a combined 150 individual performances of the SCSO brass, woodwind, and string ensembles in all the Sioux City, Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools, South Sioux City, and Dakota Valley elementary schools.


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Oz with Orchestra - October 18th

Oct 10 2014

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director & Conductor Ryan Haskins will perform "OZ with Orchestra" on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Sioux City. The SCSO is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the MGM classic, The Wizard of OZ. Audience members will experience the classic film on the big screen of the Orpheum Theatre while the SCSO performs the original music score.

"Our audience will hear the original casts' vocals, with Judy Garland, singing alongside our orchestra", said SCSO Music Director Ryan Haskins, "this is a type of new orchestral programing that couples a classic movie with live orchestra performance, it is something that the entire family will thoroughly enjoy."

In addition to the concert, there will be a costume contest with celebrity judges, Bruce Miller and Gretchen Gondek. Everyone is invited to attend the concert dressed as their favorite Wizard of OZ character. Costume contest winners will be announced following intermission.

Doors open at 6:30 and audience members are encouraged to arrive early to listen to Rick Darrow perform on the Mighty Wurlitzer at 6:45 pm. Season and single tickets for the 2014-2015 season are available by calling the SCSO office at 712-277-2111.

The SCSO's Oz with Orchestra concert is generously sponsored by Thorpe and Company Jewellers, and The Gilchrist Foundation. For more information please visit


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Symphony to open 2014-2015 season on Sept. 27th

Sep 16 2014

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director & Conductor Ryan Haskins will open its 99th season on September 27, 2014 with world-famous violinist, Jennifer Koh. Ms. Koh will be performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. The SCSO will also be performing Mahler Symphony No. 1 "Titan".

"This promises to be a night to remember as we kick off our 99th season", said SCSO Music Director Ryan Haskins, "it will be a fantastic night of wonderful, challenging, music that both the musicians and the audience will thoroughly enjoy."

Season and single tickets for the 2014-2015 season are available by calling the SCSO office at 712-277-2111. The SCSO performs a seven concert season starting September 27, 2014 running through April 18, 2015. "Again the Sioux City Symphony offers programming that will entertain audiences, both young and old", said Haskins, "We have a few surprises in store for our audiences this season that you will not want to miss."

The SCSO's Opening Night with Jennifer Koh, violin, will be Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Orpheum Theatre. Maestro Haskins will give a preconcert talk at 6:45 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The Opening Night concert is generously sponsored by Juliet Everist and Family, and The Gilchrist Foundation.

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Morningside College to present Holiday Pops Concert with the Sioux City Symphony

Jun 12 2014

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Morningside College) – Morningside College will present a Holiday Pops Concert with the Sioux City Symphony at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, June 28, in the Buhler Outdoor Performance Center, 3625 Garretson Ave., on the college's campus.

The Sioux City Symphony will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with a patriotic, outdoor summer concert that will conclude with a fireworks display.

The concert will include music by composers Bizet, Berlin, Tchaikovsky and John Philip Sousa. There will be a tribute to military veterans and active service personnel, along with a handful of timeless classics. The symphony will be conducted by Ryan Haskins.

In the event of rain, the performance will move to Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave., on the Morningside campus.

The Betty Ling Tsang Fine Arts Series is named for the late Betty Ling Tsang, a 1940 Morningside College music graduate. It is designed to bring free, quality music and theatre performances to residents of the Sioux City area.

Other productions this summer include the children's musical "Honk!" on July 18 and 19; the Lamb Caravan production "Snow White and the Missing Dwarfs" on July 25 and 26; and the Stephen Sondheim musical "Putting It Together: A Musical Review" on Aug. 8 and 9. All performances are free and open to the public.

Construction on the Morningside campus restricts parking near, and access to, the Buhler Outdoor Performance Center. Parking is available behind the Olsen Student Center on Peters Avenue, the Lewis Hall visitor lot, the Facilities Services lot along Garretson Avenue, the east portion of the Grace United Methodist Church lot and the Eppley Auditorium lot.

Tolerance Week - Rise: A Spiritual Journey

Apr 28 2014

Symphony Announces 2014-2015 Season

Apr 24 2014

Coming Soon to our website, updated pages with our 2014-2015 season.  We will be updating the week of April 28th 

September 27, 2014 - Jennifer Koh, violin

October 18, 2014 - Oz with Orchestra

November 15, 2014 - The "New World" Experience with composer Lowell Liebermann and clarinet, Miles Jaques

December 13, 2014 - Christmas Spectacular

February 14, 2015 - A Broadway Romance with Ashley Brown

March 19-21, 2015 - Iowa Piano Competition

April 18, 2015 - Purpose and Triumph with the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio

Symphony Announces Auditions for 2014-2015 Season

Feb 3 2014

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra announces the following auditions for Tenure Track positions to begin at the start of the 2014-2015 Season:

Principal Bass
Principal Oboe
Associate Concertmaster
Associate Principal Violin II
Clarinet II (Includes Eb)
Violin (section) - Viola (section)

The SCSO offers a maximum of 44 services, depending on instrumentation, for the 2014-2015 Season. All interested musicians should send a resume and a $50 refundable deposit (check made payable to the Sioux City Symphony) no later than April 14, 2014. Winning candidates must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or eligibility to work.

On receipt of the above, the repertoire and other necessary information will be sent. Repertoire lists will not be given over the phone. Auditions will be held May 1 & 2 at the Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St., in downtown Sioux City. The audition schedule will be available no later than April 23, 2014. Questions about the listed Auditions and other instruments will be answered by email [click here].

Send to:
Richard Bogenrief
Operations Manager
Sioux City Symphony
520 Pierce Street Suite 375
Sioux City, IA 51101
FAX: 712-252-0224

The Sioux City Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Office Closed for the Holidays

Dec 23 2013

The Symphony Office will be closed from Noon today (December 23rd) until Thursday, January 2nd.

We will be checking email and voicemail messages during this time.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sioux City Symphony's 6th Grade Concert for Young Audiences

Oct 16 2013

***Street Closure: Pierce Street between 5th & 6th Streets in front of the Orpheum from 8:30 - 11:15AM Thursday morning***


The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual 6th Grade Concert for Young Audiences on Thursday morning, October 17, 2013 at the Orpheum Theatre. Over 2400 Siouxland area 6th graders will attend including all Sioux City Community School District 6th grade students along with students from the Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools. Also attending will be students from up to a 60 mile radius of Sioux City.

"This is just one part of our educational outreach programs through the Sioux City Symphony," said David Krogh, SCSO Executive Director, "for some of our 6th graders this is their only opportunity to hear a live orchestra in a world-class performance hall."

Music Director Ryan Haskins will entertain and educate the audience with the SCSO's special guest artist, Tiempo Libre. This edition of the annual 6th Grade school concert will showcase the SCSO's subscription series guest artist Tiempo Libre performing with the orchestra. "We are truly delighted to have this group of classically trained musicians perform with our orchestra and share their high energy, Cuban music with our students", said Music Director Ryan Haskins.

The hour long concert covers the instrumentation which comprises the orchestra along with narration from the podium that engages the audience as they listen to the music.

"This type of innovative programming engages our kids in a powerful way," said Krogh, "When you see the students' faces light up as they enter the Orpheum and then sit and listen to our Symphony, you know you are doing good work that makes a huge difference in these children's lives." Over 60 busses will be parked downtown in front of the Orpheum Theatre closing Pierce street between 5th and 6th Streets. Busses will also be parked on 6th Street partially closing 6th Street between Nebraska Street and Douglas Street from 8:30 am to 10:45 am.

The Symphony also performs a 4th grade school concert in the Orpheum Theatre in February along with a combined 150 individual performances of the SCSO brass, woodwind, and string ensembles in all the Sioux City, Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools, South Sioux City, and Dakota Valley elementary schools.

A Symphonic Night in Havana with Tiempo Libre and the SCSO

Oct 8 2013

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Ryan Haskins will present "A Symphonic Night in Havana" with three time Grammy nominated Cuban music group, Tiempo Libre, on Saturday, October 19, 2013. The SCSO invites you to experience an evening of high energy, and celebration of the rich heritage of Cuban music performed by these world-class, conservatory trained musicians.

Tiempo Libre and the Sioux City Symphony will perform a medley of traditional cha-cha-chás, sones (including "El Manicero", "Son de la Loma" and "Guantanamera") arranged by Tiempo Libre's Jorge Gomez in collaboration with Raul Murciano (a professor at University of Miami's Frost School of Music and one of the founders/music director of Miami Sound Machine) as well as selections from Tiempo Libre's Grammy nominated album Bach in Havana, which uniquely fuses Cuban music and Bach and was featured on Dancing with the Stars.

In addition to the Saturday evening concert, Tiempo Libre will also perform as a part of the SCSO's education and outreach programs. On Wednesday, 10/16, at noon, Tiempo Libre will perform for the Lifelong Learning program at Western Iowa Tech. Tiempo Libre will make a special guest appearance as part of the SCSO's 6th Grade Concert for Young Audiences on Thursday, 10/17, and later that evening the group will appear at a meet and greet at Stoney Creek Inn hosted by Friends of KWIT FM90. On Friday, 10/18, Tiempo Libre will instruct a Latin Percussion Class at Eppley Auditorium on the campus of Morningside College. This event, hosted by the SCSO and Morningside College, will give the opportunity to high school and college percussion students to work one-on-one in a high energy, educational "Jam Session" with Tiempo Libre. This event at 2:00 P.M., is free and open to the public.

The concert will be Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Sioux City.

Tickets are available by calling the Symphony office at 277-2111 or on-line at Ticket prices are $50, $40, $25, and $15. Student and group prices are available by calling the Symphony office.

This concert is generously sponsored by; Thorpe & Co. Jewellers, the Gilchrist Foundation, Stoney Creek Inn & Suites, and Ray's Midbell Music.

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