WATCH NOW: ‘Electrifying’ Return to Live Symphony Concerts at RiverLoop | Music from Waterloo-Cedar Falls
Additional summer concerts are scheduled for July 3 at the RiverLoop Amphitheater during the Mayor’s Fireworks Celebration, and September 4 at the new River Place Plaza stage in downtown Cedar Falls, with the guest singer Travis Turpin and special guest Abby Turpin.
For the summer opening on June 12, Weinberger has built a program around orchestral classics and a few lesser-known compositions.
“It’s rewarding to perform basic pieces of the orchestral repertoire, the classical music that people love to hear. We set it up in such a way that it generates a lot of excitement and emotion, ”said the conductor.
“From Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 41,“ Jupiter ”, one gets the impression that these three strong chords in unison at the beginning of the piece sound like“ we’re back! “. Playing Mozart is a unique challenge for musicians, so why not start with a composition that really appeals to us and is so perfect for the occasion?
Also on the program, “Slavic Dances” by Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No.4 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovksy and Symphony No.7 by Beethoven. Beethoven’s Symphony was originally planned for the 250th anniversary concert of WCFSO, which was canceled last season.
“The movement is very appropriate because it reflects what we missed and what was lost during the pandemic, so there is an element of that, but overall this concert will be upbeat and exciting,” Weinberger explained. . In addition, the orchestra will perform “Adoration” by African-American composer Florence Price.