Classical music concerts can be in short supply during the summer months, when groups such as the Des Moines Symphony take a break before resuming their performance seasons in the Fall.
Enter a brand new group to help fill that gap: The Iowa Chamber Players, organized by Mitchell Lutch, Associate Professor of Music at Central College in Pella and conductor of the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble, a Des Moines area fixture for 15 years. He explained that the chamber group will play music written for a small group of 14 or so musicians (compared to the 60 or so musicians in a typical wind ensemble or symphony orchestra).
The musicians, many of whom are area band directors or other music professionals, are all volunteers who are playing just for the enjoyment of being able to perform this music rarely heard outside a university setting. The group will perform four pieces, including Strauss' beautiful Serenade in E-flat, amazingly written to fulfill a homework assignment when the composer was only 17 years old. Another selection, the Three-Penny Opera Suite by Kurt Weill (written in 1928), contains a melody known as "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" which became a Number 1 hit when it was recorded by Bobby Darin in 1959.
The first concert is scheduled for Sunday, July 9, at 2:30 pm at Luther Memorial Church, 1201 Grandview Avenue in Des Moines. Admission is free and donations are welcome.
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