Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Opens Season with MasterWorks I: One Small Step

Muscatine Symphony Orchestra
Muscatine Symphony Orchestra
The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra is a community-based orchestra made up of volunteer local and professional musicians from the Muscatine area as well as regional universities from Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

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The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 MasterWorks Season kicks off the afternoon of Saturday, October 12th, with a salute to one of the most incredible moments in human history, the lunar landing.

On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon. Armstrong famously said as he first stepped on the moon, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
In celebration of this feat, the Muscatine Symphony will perform works inspired by space, including the Iowa premier of Marvin Lamb’s “Eagle has Landed.”

“Symphonic performance can help us celebrate great moments in human history,” Maestro Brian Dollinger said. “We make unique connections to the past through symphonic music, whether we are celebrating great victories or some of the darkest of times. Music takes the listener to a deeply personal and emotional place.”

Dollinger and the Muscatine Symphony hope to bring more of their neighbors to performances this season by starting at 3:00 pm. They feel this will help a wider possible audience navigate the range of Muscatine’s weekend events. “I hope earlier concerts will bring in more families. There’s no reason we can’t share our culture, history, and arts with the youngest of generations,” Dollinger said. “That is why I insist on free tickets for anyone under age eighteen.”

The matinee-time concerts in the 2019-20 Season will take place in the Central Middle School auditorium, 901 Cedar St. Tickets will cost $15 for adults. Students may attend for free (high school and college students should show ID).

The 2019-20 Season includes exciting collaborations with guest artists and musical programming that sparks the imagination or marks special anniversaries in history.

Support for the 2019-20 Concert Season comes from a grant by the Iowa Arts Council (a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs) and corporate sponsors HNI, HON, and Allsteel corporations.

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