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ISU Symphony Orchestra playing Stephens Auditorium on February 28


Where: Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Where: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Admission: All seats $4 in advance; $5 at the door*

Available only through the Iowa State Center

Jacob Harrison leads the 80-member ISU Symphony Orchestra in a narrated program showcasing the various instrument families and exploring basic music concepts. This special performance allows young audiences to feel the excitement of a full symphony orchestra, enjoy the emotions inspired by the music and discover how putting teamwork and practice together can yield amazing results. An instrument petting zoo following the performance is a chance to see and hear the unique sounds of individual instruments up close.

The ISU Symphony will be playing two pieces that celebrate the strong ties and love of a people to their homeland. Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered and exiled from their homeland and Oscar Navarro’s Libertadores composed in two sections: the first inspired by the Amazon River; the second by the so called “separatist leaders” of South America, Simon Bolivar and Jose San Martin.

Approximately one hour in length this performance is recommended for grades 4-10 and includes curriculum connections to Communication and Language Arts, Music, and History.

*Full scholarship admission is available for students currently enrolled in the Federal Free and Reduced-price Lunch Program

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About the Youth Matinee Series 

The Youth Matinee Series is supported by the Martha-Ellen Tye Performing Arts Institute which brings a unique blend of arts experiences to students of all ages through school matinee performances, teaching activities in schools, demonstrations and workshops.  The Institute was established in 1999 through a generous endowment by the late Mrs. Tye, who believed strongly in the power and importance of arts education and vigorously supported programs that develop the “whole person—body, mind and spirit.”

The Iowa State Center (managed by VenuWorks) is a multi-building conference and performing arts complex.  The Center’s Stephens Auditorium, a 2,729-seat hall, hosts a dazzling array of international performances of music, theater and dance, as well as world-class orchestras, popular Broadway musicals, and explosive country and rock concerts. Fisher Theater seats 450 in an intimate setting, perfect for drama, dance and ISU theater productions. The Scheman Building, with 25 meeting rooms, two large lobbies and the 456-seat Benton Auditorium is a great meeting space for conferences, seminars and social events.

About ISU Symphony Orchestra

The ISU Symphony Orchestra is an approximately 80 piece, all-student full orchestra. Students are chosen from the entire ISU student body; however, the majority of the musicians are music majors and scholarship recipients. Former members of the University Symphony Orchestra are now performers and teachers in the finest orchestras and schools across the country.

The ISU Symphony Orchestra provides students the opportunity to perform the greatest orchestral repertoire in a positive environment while constantly striving for the highest standards of excellence in performance. Admission to Iowa State Symphony Orchestra is by audition, and is open to students enrolled at Iowa State University regardless of major or year in school. Every year, outstanding student soloists, chosen through a rigorous competition on campus, are presented in the Concert of Soloists each March. For more information, please visit

About VenuWorks

VenuWorks is a leader in venue management, providing customized solutions for multi-purpose sports, entertainment and recreation facilities, theatres and conference and convention centers throughout the country, offering full service management services including operations, event booking and marketing.  VenuWorks is headquartered in Ames, IA and was founded in 1996.  For more information, please visit

Contact: Sara Compton: 515-294-7389 or or Helen Nelson: 515-294-4608 or


Submitted by Iowa State Center

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