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Fall Concert

We open our 2017-2018 concert season with another very special Fall Concert. Our theme, “DMCO Goes to the Movies,” will provide us with the opportunity not only to delight our regular audience, but to create a program to be enjoyed by younger listeners as well. Our host, for the third year, will be Dan Wardell of Iowa Public Television’s Kids Clubhouse. In conjunction with IPTV, we will have many surprises to entertain small children and hope to have a large number in the audience. This free concert will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, at Drake's Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main.

You are cordially invited to the pre-concert talk that I will be offering as the music director/conductor of the orchestra. The talk will take place in Levitt Hall (directly above the auditorium) at 1:00 p.m. and will last about forty minutes, allowing time for all of us to get downstairs for the concert.

All of the music for this program comes from films and television. We will open with music from Apollo 13, followed by some of the score of Back to the Future. After playing the main title theme from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, we will present music from Jurassic Park conducted by our Associate Conductor this season, Tyler Bainter. The first half will then conclude with a suite from the Harry Potter films.

We will begin the second half with what has become our traditional children’s parade in costume around the auditorium. This year’s music will be the Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The orchestra will then perform a medley of themes from various incarnations of the cultural phenomenon of Star Trek from television and film titled Star Trek Through the Years.

One of the great moments in the film Mr. Holland’s Opus, is the playing of the title work, called An American Symphony. We will play excerpts from that piece. Selections from the film Frozen will be our next offering. I anticipate some singing along may be encouraged.

Our concert will conclude with the Superman March from the 1978 film.

The music we are presenting today represents some of the best compositions and best composers of our time. John Williams, represented four times, already has near-legendary status and the other composers are equally honored by numerous Academy Award nominations and wins.

I am certain that you will find much for all ages to enjoy on this concert; and the orchestra looks forward to presenting it. We do appreciate your support and we hope that you will be able to attend both the concert and the talk beforehand.

As always, we offer to anyone attending our dress rehearsal (9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 21st, in Sheslow Auditorium) the unique opportunity of sitting onstage among the orchestra members. This is informal, for all ages, and free!


Carl B. Johnson, Music Director and Conductor