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Oct. 4, 1996

ISU Symphony revives a tradition with Dubuque performance

The Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert at the Five Flags Center Theatre in Dubuque at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

It's the first time the Iowa State orchestra has played in Dubuque, said Kirk Smith, director of orchestral activities and acting director of the music department. Smith said the orchestra is reviving a tradition established by former ISU orchestra conductors Larry Burkhalter and Alvin Edgar, who took ISU orchestra musicians throughout the state to play for Iowans.

It's part of the department's outreach and service to the state, Smith said. The orchestra will play at Valley High School, Des Moines, April 4. Next year, Smith would like to take the ISU orchestra to northern Iowa, perhaps the Mason City area, he added.

Smith has guest conducted throughout the country and abroad. Recent engagements include the Dayton Philharmonic, the Shreveport Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra, the National Black Arts Festival and the critically acclaimed Black Music Repertory Ensemble in Chicago.

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