The Fort Dodge Area Symphony will begin its 63rd season with a new conductor, Akira Mori, who is the director of orchestral studies and assistant professor at Drake University.
The season will feature four Sunday afternoon concerts starting at 3 p.m. at Phillips Middle School auditorium.
The concert season starts on Oct. 14 featuring Michael Gast, principal horn of the Minnesota Orchestra. The concert will also include Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian."
The Dec. 2 concert will be a Messiah Sing-A-Long featuring four soloists and the audience singing the Christmas choruses.
The March 3 concert, "Doubley Dvorak," will feature Ashley Sandor Sidon, cello, performing Lalo's Cello Concerto. The orchestra will be performing Dvorak's Slavonic Dance No. 12 and his Symphony No. 8.
The final concert, April 21, will be the annual Young Artist Concert.
Admission is by season memberships and single admission at the door: $6 student and $10 adult. Family season memberships are $60 and adult season membership is $35. Available are donation levels of support which are tax deductible. Memberships should be mailed to Symphony Membership, 522 N. Third St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501.
Visit the symphony's website at fdsymphony.org for more information about the season and the soloists.
Mori received his undergraduate degree in flute performance from New England Conservatory, his master's degree in conducting from Indiana University and a diploma from Wiener Meisterkurse, Austria. Mori has conducted professional orchestras in the United States, Japan, Russia, London and Ukraine.