MUSCATINE, Iowa—To cut through the drear of late February, the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra will host their “Masterworks III: A Dynamic Duo” concert on Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. A special double feature, the Symphony also invites you to a delectable dinner at Geneva Country Club following the performance at 5:30 p.m.
“A Dynamic Duo” will feature some of classical music’s most beloved pieces, led by Maestro Brian Dollinger and accompanied by Naha Greenholtz, a violinist and concertmaster of the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra. The afternoon’s performance will include selections from three of the biggest names in classical music, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Josef Haydn, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Dollinger looks forward to performing each of these various pieces, as they will allow the audience to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, enjoy one of Mozart’s most famous works, and discover an all but unknown piece by Haydn. “I have found that I enjoy discovering works by major composers that are not performed very much, if at all,” said Dollinger.
Dollinger also welcomes the opportunity to work with an acclaimed young performer. Always a proponent of bringing in local guest artists, Dollinger learned many positive things about Greenholtz after she became concertmaster for the Quad Cities Orchestra and believed a collaboration with her would provide a musical treat for the Muscatine community. “Hearing about her wonderful artistry, playing, and personality has really endeared me to this upcoming collaboration,” shared Dollinger: “I am eager to share the stage with her as she performs ‘Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto.’ It is a very well-known work, and I am confident that the audience will thoroughly enjoy it and her interpretation of it.”
Following the concert, attendees can continue the day’s fun by having dinner at Geneva Country Club. Though Dollinger has not yet received a final menu, he knows from long experience the dinner will not disappoint. Started 14-years-ago as a Valentine’s date idea, Dollinger has found that this event has stood the test of time and provides a wonderful night out. “The dinners are always very tasty, and what’s even better is to have others around you who just experienced that concert and the excitement of the day and now can continue the experience by sharing thoughts and reactions to the concert,” he added.
Tickets to the concert cost $15, dinner and the concert cost $50 per person for non-season ticket holders.