Fort Dodge Symphony performs today

Bluegrass group Ortonville Circus will also play

The Fort Dodge Area Symphony will present its holiday concert today at 3 p.m. at the Fort Dodge Middle School auditorium, 800 N. 32nd St.

With a working title of “Down Home Holiday,” this concert will feature Des Moines-based bluegrass group Ortonville Circus and will feature American composers in works that have a focus on hymn-tunes, traditional carols as well as those with an “Americana” feel.

“Trying to stray from the standard holiday tunes, I have put together a concert of pieces celebrating Americana,” Conductor Joshua Barlage said. “Ortonville will perform a few selections with our Orchestra … as well as a few on their own.

“Several of these pieces are new to our orchestra, but are very recognizable melodies that will be a hit. The Ives might be an ear-bender for our audience, but Henry Brant’s orchestration of this piece is simply breathtaking.”

Pieces in this concert will include the “Ashokan Farewell,” “Simple Gifts” arranged by Kristin Butler, “Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair,” and a Copland piece called “Hoe-Down from Rodeo.”

A piece called “Christmas Favorites,” and an arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” will also be heard.

Admission is by season membership or $10 at the door. There will be a CD drawing held after intermission.

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