(Estherville, Iowa) The Iowa Lakes Community College Concert Choir sang with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra on November 12, packing the stage of the historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, with more than 200 performers.
“This was the fifth time Iowa Lakes has had the opportunity to sing with the Sioux City Symphony, and each time has been an amazing experience for our students. This year, we sang in the chorus for Mahler’s second symphony, the Resurrection Symphony, a very challenging and rewarding piece,” shared Brett Fuelberth, Vocal Music Professor at Iowa Lakes.
Thirty-four Iowa Lakes choir students joined the Missouri River Choral Society, the Morningside Symphonic Chorus, the University of South Dakota choir, and the Dordt University choir. Together, they performed with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and internationally renowned soloists Celena Shafer, soprano, and Michele DeYoung, mezzo-soprano.
“It was a life-changing experience overall. The number of singers gathered in one beautiful, palace-like place was incredible; the voices carried through the theatre, and personally, I was in awe. The piece itself was unmatched, with so many emotions in one go, using so many sounds and instruments. Anyone would truly feel like they were part of something bigger than themselves. Maestro Haskins did an incredible job instructing and shaping things up before the performance, and he was very nice. Overall, I highly recommend this experience,” shared Sophia Sires of Milford, Iowa, a freshman working towards an Associate of Arts degree.
This talented group of professionals and college students performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection,” a massive symphony that tackles the meaning of life and the mystery of death, culminating in a level of transcendence that some have said soars to the heavens above.
“I do believe that in many ways the work represents the most powerful 85 minutes of music,” said Maestro Ryan Haskins, Music Director of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
Anyone who wants to watch the awe-inspiring performance can do so at www.scso.live on demand for $6.99 monthly after a 14-day free trial.