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2020-2021 Season Programming Information

University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra

Dr. William La Rue Jones, Visiting Professor Emeritus, Director of Orchestral Studies

Fall 2020-2021 Concert Schedule and Repertoire

All Concerts 7:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated

Fernanda Lastra <FL>, Megan Maddaleno <MM>, Simon Zerpa <SZC>, Conductors


Wednesday, September 30, 2020-Voxman (9 Rehs., 1 Dr. Reh)

Mon., Feb.24, 2020: 3:30-5:30 p.m.-Dr. Reh., Voxman

Tues., Feb. 25, 2020: 7:00-9:30 p.m.-Dr. Reh., Voxman

Faculty Guest Soloist: Professor Scott Conklin, violin

 *M. Torke, Javelin < MM>

3(Picc)+2+1EH+2 Cls+1EbCl+1 B.Cl+ 2,   4+3+3+1,   Timp+3,   Hp, Strings


Ching-chu Hu, “Glaciers Red: Vistas Veiled”, Concerto for Violin (world premiere)

  2(Picc)+2(EH)+2+2    2+2+2+1    Timp+3 Perc    


Tchaikovsky, Symphony Nr 6, op74, b minor (“Pathetique”)

   3(Picc)+2+2+2     4+2+3+1,    Timp+2,    Strings


Wednesday, March 25, 2020-Voxman (8 Rehs., 1 Dr. Reh)

Mon., March 23, 2020: 3:30-5:30 p.m.-Dr. Reh., Voxman

Tues., March 24, 2020: 7:00-9:30 p.m.-Dr. Reh., Voxman

Faculty Guest Soloist: Professor Gregory Hand, organ

Glinka, Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla < SH>

2+2+2+2+1 C Fg,         4+2+3+1( double Trbn. 3)      Timp,      Strings


Poulenc, Concerto in g minor for Organ

Strings, and Timpani (22’)


*Brahms, Symphony Nr. 4, op.98, e minor < SZC: movt’s 1,2> < FL: movt’s 3,4>

 2(picc)+2+2+2+1 C Fg,      4+2+3,    Timp+1   Strings


Wednesday, April 29, 2020-Voxman (13 Rehs., 1 Dr. Reh)

Mon., April 27, 2020: 3:30-5:30 p.m.-Dr. Reh.-Voxman

Tues., April 30, 2020: 7:00-9:30 p.m.-Dr. Reh., Voxman

Faculty Guest Soloist: Professor Nicole Esposito

 *Revueltas, Sensemaya for Orchestra –<FL>

    2Picc+2 +2+1EH+ 2 +1Eb Cl+1 B Cl+ 3 Fgs,       4+4+3+1,    

    Timp+3,   Pn,   Cel,  Strings



Daugherty, “Trail of Tears” for Flute and Orchestra

  No W/W,      2+2+2,      Timp+2,    Hp,   Strings


Stravinsky, Petrushka (1947)

   3(Picc)+2+1EH+3(B.Cl)+2 +1 C.Fg,       4+3+3+1,   Timp+3,    Hp,  Cel,    Pn,   Strings


May 4/6, 2020: Voxman/2400 3:30-5:00 p.m.

*Read/Record UI Student original compositions and orchestrations-

AND OR: Read Standard Orchestral Repertoire (If time Permits)

Collaboration with the UI Composition Department, Professor David Gompper

Movt’s selected from:

Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet, Suite No, 2 ( mov’ts 1,2,5,7)-- FL, MM

1 Picc+2+2+1EH+2+1 B Cl+2 Fgs+1 C Fg,   1 Tenor Sax,       4+3+3+1,   Timp+2,   Hp,   Pn/Cel,    Strings

Hanson, Symphony No. 2,op.30 ( Romantic) (movt’s 1,4)—SH,SZC

 1 Picc+2+2+1 EH+3(C Fg),     4+3+3+1,   Timp+2,      Strings


University of Iowa Opera Orchestra 

Fall/Spring 2019 - 2020

Note from Professor Becker: The UI Artist Instrumental Faculty will select performers from the UISO to perform the two UI Operas. I have requested that both Operas only use solo string players. These Opera musicians will be excused from all UISO rehearsals during the Opera production period. They will then rejoin the UISO after the Opera production to perform the next UISO concert. I will also try to give them a couple extra free days, following the Opera Production. These string players will rejoin the UISO in the back of their sections. I hope that this compromise arrangement will guarantee quality Orchestras for the Opera, provide the important Opera educational experience for the students, and also consider the health and well-being of these students.

Spring Semester, 2020 (4 Orch. Rehs, 1 Sitzprobe,

2 Dr. Rehs, 5 Performance) CCPA: 7:30/2:00 p.m.

Adam Guettel, “The Light in the Piazza”

Professor Bill Theisen, Director of UI Opera

Professor David E. Becker, Conductor

Graduate Student Assistant Conductor- TBA in the Fall

Reed I: Cl, Ob, EH (two players?); Reed II: Fg, C.FG- ( one player ?); Guitar, Mandolin; 1 Perc.; 1 Pn/Celesta; 1 Hp; Strings: 3 violins, 1 Cello, 1 Bass

March 30, 2020: 7:00-9:30 p.m.—Opera Orchestra Rehearsal—Room 0151

Wednesday, April 1, 2020:7:00-9:30 p.m. –Opera Orchestra Rehearsal--Room 2451

Saturday, April 4, 2020: 1:00-3:30 p.m.—Room 2451

Monday, April 6, 2020: 7:00-9:30 p.m.--Opera Orchestra –Room 0151

Sitzprobe: April 8, 2020, 7:00-10:00 p.m.-Room 0151

Dress Rehearsals: April 13,14, 2010, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Performances: April 15,16,17,18,19, 2020

University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra 

Fall/Spring 2019 - 2020

All Concerts 3:00 pm – Voxman Concert Hall (unless otherwise noted)

Professor Becker, Sung Han, Fernanda Lastra, Megan Maddaleno & Simón Zerpa, conductors

Please note all pieces listed with an asterisk will be conducted by a Conducting Student.

Professor Becker, Interim Director of Orchestral Studies


Sunday, March 1, 2020 (UICO)(12 Rehs)

Feb. 25, 2020: 1:30-2:20 p.m. ; Feb. 27 5:00-7:00PM UICO Dr.Rehs. in Voxman

Feb. 25, 2020: 1:30-2:20 p.m.-UICO Reh. in Voxman 

Special Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, February 27, 2020: 5:00-7:00 p.m.—Voxmam Hall

(NO 1:30-2:20 p.m. UICO Rehearsal)

Faculty Guest Soloist: Stephen Swanson, Baritone

*Rossini, Overture to The Barber of Seville < SH>

   1 Picc+1+2+2+2;        2+2+3+0,     Timp +1,     Strings


Copland, Old American Songs

   1(Picc)+1+2+1,      2+1+1+0,   Harp ,   Strings


*Faure, Pelleas et Melisande Suite, op. 80 <FL>

    2+2+2+2,      4+2+0+0,    Timp,   Harp,   Strings


*Mozart, Symphony Nr.35, K.385, D Major (“Haffner”) < SZC: movt’s 1,2> < MM movt’s 3,4>

   2+2+2+2,        2+2+0+0,      Timp,    Strings


Sunday, May 3, 2020 (UICO/AUSO) ( 15 Rehs)

April 28,30,2020:1:30-2:20 p.m.-UICO Dr. Reh., Voxman

AUSO (30’ max.)


Ibert, Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra 

Yo-Yo Ningxin Su, Saxophone 

Professor Becker, conductor 

Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 2, op.16, G Minor 

Bowen Liu, Piano 

2-2-2-2 4-2-3-1 Timp /2 Perc. Strings 

Professor Becker, conductor

*If time permits, some “Reading of Standard Orchestral Repertoire SessionsMAY be scheduled with the UICO including repertoire below that time will not allow for performance. 

*Schubert, Symphony Nr. 8, D. 759, b minor (“Unfinished”) (25’)< SH::movt. 1> < FL:movt. 2>

   2+2+2+2,       2+2+3+0,    Timp,    Strings

*Ravel, Pavane pour une infant defunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) (6’)<MM>

   2+1+2+2,   2+0+0+0,    Harp,   Strings  

*Prokofiev, Classical Symphony, op. 25—Symphony Nr. 1 (15’)< FL:movt’s 1,2> < SZC: movt’s 3,4>

   2+2+2+2,   2+2+0+0,    Timp,   Strings

*Brahms, Variations on a Theme of Haydn, op. 56a (17’)< SZC:Vars. 1-4  > < FL:Vars 5-Finale  >

    1 Picc+2+2+2+1 C Fg),        4+2+0+0,      Timp+1,       Strings  

*Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings, op. 48, C Major (28’)< MM: movt’s 1,2> < SH: movt’s 3,4>


All-University String Orchestra

2019-2020 Concert Schedule and Repertoire

3 pm Concerts in Voxman Concert Hall


Sunday, May 3, 2020-UICO/AUSO—UI Student Concerto Program

April 27, 2020: 6:00-8:30 p.m.-AUSO Dr. Reh., Voxman

Soon Hee Newbold, Perseus <SH>


Haydn, Kindersymphonie, Hob.II:47, C Major (“Toy Symphony”) < MM>


      III.Finale: Allegro


Copland, Quiet City for Trumpet and String Orchestra < SZC>

      (Trumpet and EH from UICO)


Geoffry Wharton, Hoedown for String Orchestra < MM>

Matt Mason, Prismatic Nightmare <FL>(5')

Contact Information

Orchestra website

School of Music, University of Iowa

David Becker, Interim Director of Orchestral Studies 2019-2020: 4100 Voxman

Simón Zerpa, Orchestra Manager: 4415 Voxman

Head Librarian

Fernanda Lastra, Orchestra TA

Wind Librarian
Adrián Gómez, Orchestra TA

String Librarian

Megan Maddaleno, Orchestra TA

Attendance Records

Sung Han, DMA Candidate


University of Iowa Orchestral Ensembles Syllabi