Season Concerts Beginning September 2021
Jul 01, 2021 - Apr 30, 2022

We are thrilled to announce the coming season, New Beginnings, with a return to in-person concerts in Jensen Grand Concert Hall and a slate of exciting guest artists. We are also deligted to announce the talented guest conductors who will take the stage for the season - Dr. Scott AndersonConner Gray Covington, and Jennifer Drake - and offer a special thank you to Dr. Patrick Brooks who will serve as cover/rehearsal conductor for much of the season.

September 25th - From the Shadows: Guest Artist and renowned pianist, Jeffrey Biegel, presents the world premiere of Shadows for Piano and Seven Players by award-winning composer, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, with Guest Conductor, Conner Gray Covington. Check back soon for more details about this exciting world premiere!

    - E. Cooley, Argo (2016)
    - E. Taaffe Zwilich, Shadows (2011/2020)
    - D. Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (1937)  
October 29th - Awakening: Guest Artist and ISU Instructor of Music - Guitar, J. Curtis Thompson, will perform the beautiful Guitar Concerto No. 1 (Castelnuovo-Tedesco) with Guest Conductor, Jennifer Drake.

   - G. F. Handel, Music for the Royal Fireworks (1749)
   - M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Guitar Concerto No. 1 (1939)
   - J. Bologne, Symphony No. 2 (1779) A. Borodin, Polovtsian Dances (1877)  

December 10th - Joy to the World: Guest Conductor, Dr. Scott Anderson, brings you Handel's Messiah as we move into the holiday season.
February 11th - Catch the Sun: Guest Conductor, Jennifer Drake, returns to the stage with a program of "exciting music to shake everyone out of the winter doldrums and gather people together."

    - C. Nielsen, Helios Overture (1903)
    - R. Peck, Signs of Life II (1983)
    - A. Marquez, Conga del Fuego Nuevo (2005)
    - L. van Beethoven, Choral Fantasy (1808)  

March 19th - POPS concert with the Music City Hit-Makers: the POPS concert is a collaboration with ISU's Season of Note and features the acclaimed Nashville-based Music City Hit-Makers, Matraca Berg and Marcus Hummon, backed by ISCS musicians with Guest Conductor, Jennifer Drake. Berg and Hummon will perform some of the chart-topping hits they've written for artists including Tim McGraw, the Chicks, Keith Urban, Wynonna Judd, and Trisha Yearwood.
April 29th - In Full Bloom: Guest Artist and ISU Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Music Theory, Dr. Eddie Ludema, will perform the uplifting Trumpet Concerto (Gregson) with Guest Conductor, Conner Gray Covington, for the season finale.

     - F. J. Haydn, Symphony No. 88 (1787)
​​​​​​​     - E. Gregson, Trumpet Concerto (1983)
     - W. G. Still, Serenade (1957)
     - R. Strauss, Death and Transfiguration (1889)
We can't wait to see you in Jensen Grand Concert Hall!