First Mondays Series

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Get the inside scoop on what it takes to make the music happen at this free, casual series of events designed to get you up close and personal with the ISO! 

All events are free, but you must reserve tickets.

For each First Mondays Series event, doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. 
The program usually last one hour unless otherwise noted.  

Monday, October 7 – Letters Home: Exploring Performance Boundaries with Roger Roe

It would be perfectly reasonable for a career orchestra musician, like the ISO’s Roger Roe, to be content with playing the 150 concerts or so a year that are part of the orchestra season. Content, however is the last word one would use to describe the ISO’s English Horn and Assistant Principal Oboe. With a deep interest in theatricality, improvisation and spirituality, Roger champions new music and boldly collaborates with a wide array of singers, dancers, poets, rabbis, ministers, and composers.

In 2018, Roger premiered a new work from composer Zachary Wadsworth titled Letters Home for Oboe and Electronics. Inspired by the letters from a French soldier serving in WWI to his family, this deeply emotional piece caused Roger to reimagine how a solo work could be performed.

We will get to know Roger and what drives his creative quest, and the evening will culminate in a performance of Letters Home.

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Monday, November 4 – What’s the Big Deal about Beethoven? with Jacob Joyce

Guess who’s turning 250 this year? Around the world the 250th anniversary of Ludwig von Beethoven’s birth is being celebrated with great exuberance! The ISO is certainly on board with their BTHVN2020 Festival happening this January 10-25 performing five of the symphonies, the Triple Concerto, five piano concertos and more. (Where are the other 4 symphonies, you ask? No worries, keep an eye out for our concerts in the fall of 2020!)

But WHY? Of all of the composers, what is it about Beethoven that makes him the quintessential icon of classical music? ISO Associate Conductor, Jacob Joyce, will help us unpack how Beethoven forever changed the landscape of classical music and continues to capture the hearts and minds of music lovers.

You can’t have a birthday party without music! No worries – a quartet of ISO musicians will be on hand to share the music of this great artist throughout the evening.

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Stay tuned - additional events will be announced in the near future!

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