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Premier Event: Dubuque Symphony Orchestra presents West Side Story

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra breaks new ground by presenting its first staged musical, West Side Story April 13-15, 2018

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The DSO’s 59th season culminates April 13-15, 2018 with a fully staged production of the musical West Side Story. “I am thrilled to honor the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with West Side Story,” notes Music Director and Conductor, William Intriligator. “This will be an extraordinary collaboration between our orchestra, the Heartland Ballet, and talented singers who have grown up in the Dubuque area and have moved on to professional performing careers – it’s a not-to-be missed event!”

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. In this revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents bring their award-winning genius to the immortal story of star-crossed lovers. The Grammy-winning score includes “Maria,” “Somewhere,” “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “America.”

DSO’s production features guest artists Sarah Ellis and Matthew Richardson as Maria and Tony. Production is directed and choreographed by Marina O’Rourke. Ellis, a Platteville native, spent 10 years dancing with the Heartland Ballet and Dubuque City Youth Academy of Ballet Companies. She is an actress, vocalist and dancer currently based in New York City – most recently performing in Million Dollar Quartet with the Riverside Theater.

Richardson graduated from the Eastman School of Music and has built a professional performing career singing with symphonies, opera and theater companies in the US and abroad. He is currently serving as an active duty military musician in the United States Army Chorus stationed in Arlington, Virginia.

Performances will be held 7:30 pm Friday, April 13; 7:30 pm Saturday, April 14; and 2:00 pm Sunday, April 15 at Five Flags Theater, downtown Dubuque. Tickets ($17-87) are available through the Five Flags Box Office (563) 589-4258, www.dubuquesymphony.org, or through the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra app available as a free download in the App store and Google Play.

Information about discounted Group Sales tickets for 10 or more may be obtained by contacting the DSO office at 563-557-1677 or info@dubuquesymphony.org.

WEST SIDE STORY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

This concert is made possible by the generous support of American Trust; and guest artist sponsor Jack & Mantea Schmid.

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