The symphony will partner with the Revival Theater Company, as well as the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale to present Brucemorchestra XIV: An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The musical program is an illustrious nod to one of America’s most famous musical theater composers, Richard Rodgers, and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Together, the duo created what is today called the “golden age” of twentieth century musical theater. The show will feature favorites from “State Fair”, “The King and I”, “South Pacific”, “The Sound of Music” and “Oklahoma”.
In addition to music, there will also be ballet at this outdoor concert. Des Moines choreographer Megan Helmers, who teaches dance at Drake and the School of Classical Ballet and Dance, intends to have RTC dancers add visual inspiration to OI’s Brucemorchestra XIV performances. . Guest dancers will include Cameron Byrd, Dallas Olberding, Calvin Boman, Vanessia Lund, Joslyn Seeley, Anna Slife and Josh Payne.
Broadway star Elena Shaddow with cross-concert opera and musical theater artist Ezekiel Andrew will perform “People Will Say We’re In Love” from “Oklahoma.”
Originally from Cedar Rapids, Broadway, Disney and baritone opera phenomenon, Christopher Johnstone will present the lively “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” by “State Fair” accompanied by Orchestra Iowa and the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale. Other guest singers include Amy Friedl Stoner, former Cedar Rapids native and New York City cabaret / jazz singer, and Broadway and TV actress Catherine Blades. Brandon Burkhardt, former singer and actor of Iowa City, and Loralee Songer, active recitalist, opera and oratorio performer, mezzo-soprano, will also be solo on the Brucemorchestra stage.
COVID-19 Concerns in Linn County
This week, Linn County’s positivity rate for COVID-19 increased significantly, according to data from the New York Times.
Iowa Orchestra executive director Jeff Collier said the orchestra encourages participants to get vaccinated and follow CDC guidelines.
“Orchestra Iowa is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our audience, musicians and staff as we launch our 2021-22 season. We encourage anyone attending an Orchestra Iowa event this fall to consider getting vaccinated if they are able. We will continuously monitor the spread of the virus in coordination with public health experts and plan to notify members of the public before each concert of any new protocols and expectations, ”he said.
For details on the Iowa Orchestra’s Masterworks, Pops, Chamber, Ballet concert series (in collaboration with Ballet QuadCities), educational programs and the Opera Theater (in collaboration with Cedar Rapids Opera), please see: artsiowa.com.
In case of rain, the planned program for this weekend will take place on Sunday September 19 at 7 p.m.