‘Watermusic’ is theme of Symphony concert

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The Fort Dodge Area Symphony is shown in a file photo with conductor Joshua Barlage at center. The Symphony opens its 69th season today.

The Fort Dodge Area Symphony opens its 69th season at 3 p.m. today at the Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St.

The concert — “Watermusic” — will open with Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s gallant “Overture to the Seahawk.” The Symphony will explore works by composers who were influenced by water, including Richard Wagner’s grandiose musical telling of Siegfried’s travels down the mighty Rhine, Nicole Chamberlain’s portrayal of a sleepy river in her home state of Georga — “Ogeechee,” and Jennifer Jolley’s musical impression of traversing Lake Champlain — “The Ferry Crossing.”

Percussionist Aaron Williams will join the Symphony in performing marimba and vibraphone in Vivaldi’s “Concerto in C Major for Mandolin and Orchestra.”

Williams will perform on vibraphone for Iowa native Michael Daugherty’s “Electric Eel” from “Dreamachine.”

Other concerts will be “Sounds of the Season,’ held on Dec. 2; “Musical Postcards,” held on March 3, 2019; and “Youthful Exuberance,” held on April 14, 2019. The April concert will feature the Young Artists Competition winners.

Admission is by season membership or $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.fdsym­phony.org. Joshua Barlage is the conductor.