ISU Orchestra to perform matinee concert for youth

ISU Symphony Orchestra will give a concert ay 10 a.m. Sept. 27 at Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center, Ames.

ISU Director of Orchestral Activities Jacob Harrison leads the 80-member ISU Symphony Orchestra on a musical trip around the world. From Mexico to China, this narrated program will explore the instruments and sounds of the orchestra from different perspectives across the globe.

Often called the second national anthem of Mexico, Marquez’ Danzon has an infectious energy and epitomizes the rhythms and earthy tones of the Veracruz region. Students will hear the spirited drums of traditional China in Zhou Long’s The Rhyme of Taigu, an incredible twelve minutes of drumming, tremulous strings, temple bells, coiled clarinet solos and trumpet tattoos.

Debussy’s dreamy, luxurious Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun is contrasted by Khachaturian’s darkly glamorous Waltz from Masquerade Suite and American composer Steven Bryant’s dramatic Dusk for orchestra.

Following the concert, members of the orchestra will greet students in the lobby for an “instrument petting zoo,” an opportunity to see and hear the instruments up close.

The performance begins at 10 a.m. in Stephens Auditorium. Tickets are $4 in advance; $5 at the door. Register online ( or call 515-294-4608.