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Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Four Seasons II

Saturday, February 25 // 8:30PM - 9:45PM

Winter transforms to spring at the Brown Derby.

Vivaldi’s classic paired with a fabulous contemporary rendition of the same piece, both performed by Iowa’s finest violinists. The Brown Derby Ballroom is the perfect setting for an intimate encounter with sounds of the seasons.This is the 8:30pm performance.

Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons: Winter & Spring with Scott Conklin (Winter) and Beth Hoffman (Spring), solo violins
Max Richter – The Four Seasons Recomposed: Winter & Spring with Scott Conklin (Winter) and Beth Hoffman (Spring), solo violins

Sponsored by // Vaughn & Judy Griffith // EJ Gallagher III // Jim Walsh

Additional Info

Venue details and guest artist bios are below. If you have any questions regarding the venue please email us using our contact page or to office [at] wcfsymphony [dot] org.

The Brown Derby is located at 616 Sycamore St., downtown Waterloo between 4th and 5th Streets (next to The Thai Bowl and just down the street from Newton’s Paradise Café). There is free parking on the street and in the parking garage located directly behind the Brown Derby, accessible from 4th and 5th Streets. The main entrance is on Sycamore St. and the second is through an enclosed walkway entrance on Level E of the parking garage. Patron drop off is available in front of the building and in the parking garage at the walkway entrance on level E.

Seating for this concert is in the round and is general admission. Will call will be available at the venue approximately one hour prior to the performance. The concert will be approximately an hour and 15 minutes with a brief pause. Due to the nature of the event space, patrons arriving more than 5 minutes late will need to use the Sycamore Street entrance.


Guest Arstists

Scott Conklin // Commended by The Strad for “brilliance of tone and charismatic delivery,” Dr. Scott Conklin regularly appears as a recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teaching clinician throughout the United States and abroad. He is Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Iowa School of Music and a violin teacher at the Preucil School of Music. Conklin has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Louisville, Nashville, and Berlin Symphony Orchestras. He is a recipient of the Iowa String Teachers Association Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher of the Year Award and has been a featured artist/clinician at the conferences of the Music Teachers National Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Conklin has also been a presenter at the American String Teachers Association Conference.

In addition to performing from the heart of the standard repertoire, Conklin is a champion of new music and has recorded contemporary music extensively. A devoted supporter of music education, Conklin was also featured on the violin master class DVD, Sound Innovations for String Orchestra. As a chamber musician he performed in the Iowa City Piano Quartet with Hannah Holman, Rene Lecuona, and Elizabeth Oakes, and has also appeared on recital tours with pianists Alan Huckleberry and Uriel Tsachor. In the summer, Conklin teaches at the American Suzuki Institute, Lone Star Young Artist Program, and Sound Encounters. He holds the honorary distinction of being a “Kentucky Colonel,” a title given to him by Governor Wallace G. Wilkinson.

During his youth, Conklin was a student of Carol Dallinger, Violin Professor at the University of Evansville. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied chamber music with the Cavani String Quartet, Anne Epperson, Peter Salaff, and was a violin student of David Updegraff. Conklin also earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The University of Michigan School of Music where he was a teaching assistant under string music educator Robert Culver; there he studied chamber music primarily with Andrew Jennings, Paul Kantor, and Martin Katz, and was a violin student of Paul Kantor.


Beth Hoffman // Beth Hoffman has been a member of wcfsymphony since 2001, when she served as concertmaster for her first season. As a child, Beth began studying piano at age 6, later starting violin lessons at 12. She attended the Interlochen Arts Camp as a piano major at age 16. It was during this summer that she discovered her love for violin and subsequent interest in making it her career.

In college, she performed in the Tulsa Philharmonic, Oklahoma Sinfonia, and was a studio musician. Since moving to Iowa, she has been a member of many Iowa orchestras, including the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, as assistant principal second violin, and Cedar Rapids Symphony, as associate concertmaster. Beth has also appeared as a violist in orchestras and as a chamber musician. Recently, she has performed with Red Cedar Chamber Music in several area concerts. She is also associate concertmaster of the Muny Opera Orchestra in St Louis, where she has been performing musicals under the stars every summer since 1988.

In addition to performing, Beth has been on faculty at several Iowa colleges and music schools since 1993 and maintains an active teaching studio.

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