Events and Performances

December 2017

DEC 10
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: The Snowman

Sunday, December 10 // 4:00PM - 5:15PM

The eloquent animated film “The Snowman” alongside our live performance of its beautiful soundtrack, preceded by popular, kid-friendly activities in the lobby.

November 2017

NOV 27
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Cedar Valley Christmas

Monday, November 27 // 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Our annual sing-along of classic holiday carols featuring the festive sounds of the wcfsymphony brass section onstage for the first time.

NOV 11
Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Serenades

Saturday, November 11 // 8:30PM - 9:45PM

Party like it’s 1799 with jovial music for entertaining written by Mozart and his contemporaries. This is the 8:30pm performance.

NOV 11
Sold Out
Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Serenades

Saturday, November 11 // 5:00PM - 6:15PM

Party like it’s 1799 with jovial music for entertaining written by Mozart and his contemporaries. This is the 5pm performance and is sold out.

October 2017

OCT 29
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Gary Kelley’s Nachtmusik

Sunday, October 29 // 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Spooky sounds for Halloween, featuring an newly illustrated horror story by internationally-acclaimed artist Gary Kelley and family-friendly lobby activities.

OCT 14
Free
GBPAC Lobby, Cedar Falls

Lollipop: Miraculous Marimbas

Saturday, October 14 // 10:00AM - 11:00AM

A free show by Heartland Marimba, whose magic with the mallets will fill kids with musical wonder!

September 2017

SEP 23
Free
Hearst Center, Cedar Falls

Lollipop: We Got Rhythm

Saturday, September 23 // 10:00AM - 11:00AM

A free concert that will get kids moving to the beat of our lively guest combo as they explore the irresistible rhythms of jazz music.

SEP 07
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: PROJECT Trio

Thursday, September 7 // 7:30PM - 9:00PM

PROJECT Trio returns to perform an exciting and approachable new work written just for them, plus Copland’s beloved Appalachian Spring.

Special Event

July 2017

JUL 01
Free
RiverLoop Amphitheatre, Waterloo

Concert: Independence Day

Saturday, July 1 // 7:30PM - 8:30PM

A free evening of patriotic classics followed by fireworks, part of the city of Waterloo’s new Independence Day celebration.

June 2017

JUN 03
RiverLoop Amphitheatre, Waterloo

Concert: Broadway!

Saturday, June 3 // 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Theater music under the stars, celebrating 100 years of the Waterloo Community Playhouse with favorite selections from Broadway classics.

April 2017

APR 29
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Appassionato

Saturday, April 29 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Explore sounds connected to the impassioned relationship between two of the Romantic period’s most famous musicians, Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann.

February 2017

FEB 25
Sold Out
Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Four Seasons II

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

Winter transforms to spring at the Brown Derby with intimate performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. This is the 8:30pm performance.

FEB 25
Sold Out
Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Four Seasons II

Saturday, February 25 // 5:00PM - 6:15PM

Winter transforms to spring at the Brown Derby with intimate performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. This is the 5pm performance.

FEB 18
Free
Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo

Lollipop: Bravo Brass

Saturday, February 18 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Enjoy a front row seat at this free concert featuring the wcfsymphony Brass Quintet and experience their array of bright, bold and exciting sounds.

December 2016

DEC 10
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: A New Nutcracker

Saturday, December 10 // 4:00PM - 5:15PM

This perfect holiday diversion for the whole family with hands-on musical exploration and the premiere of Gary Kelley’s visuals for Ellington’s jazzy Nutcracker.

November 2016

NOV 28
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Cedar Valley Christmas

Monday, November 28 // 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Join us for our annual partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley – a traditional Christmas carol sing-a-long!

NOV 19
Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran, Cedar Falls

Concert: Glorious brass

Saturday, November 19 // 7:30PM - 8:30PM

Ring in the winter season with the festive sounds of the wcfsymphony brass choir and guest organist Nathaniel Parrish.

NOV 19
Free
Cedar Falls Community Center, Cedar Falls

Lollipop: It’s a String Thing

Saturday, November 19 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Meet the similar-looking but distinct-sounding members of the string family in an engaging program featuring the wcfsymphony String Quartet.

October 2016

OCT 30
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Harry Potter

Sunday, October 30 // 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Symphony! Experience John Williams’ magical music for Harry Potter alongside the symphonic classics that inspired him.

OCT 15
wcfsymphony Artistic Director Jason Weinberger
Free
Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls

Lollipop: Peter and The Wolf

Saturday, October 15 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Hear the tale of brave Peter and his animal friends as told by the wcfsymphony Woodwind Quintet and our own master of ceremonies, maestro Jason Weinberger.

OCT 08
Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Four Seasons I

Saturday, October 8 // 8:30PM - 9:45PM

Summer turns to fall at the Brown Derby with intimate performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

OCT 08
Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Four Seasons I

Saturday, October 8 // 5:00PM - 6:15PM

Summer turns to fall at the Brown Derby with intimate performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

June 2016

JUN 11
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Midwest International Piano Competition

Saturday, June 11 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

For the first time ever, wcfsymphony performs live in the finals of the Midwest International Piano Competition!

JUN 04
RiverLoop Amphitheatre, Waterloo

Concert: Salsa Band!

Saturday, June 4 // 7:30PM - 9:00PM

WEATHER UPDATE: Due to the threat of rain our show at RiverLoop with Orquesta Alto Maiz has been rescheduled to Sunday, June 5 at 7:30pm. We hope to see you there!

April 2016

APR 23
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Elgar’s bike

Saturday, April 23 // 7:30PM - 9:00PM

The energy, challenge, and camaraderie of cycling in musical motion, featuring a bike-focused take on Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

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APR 02
Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Bach II – Evening

Saturday, April 2 // 8:30PM - 9:45PM

Part two of a musical journey into Johann Sebastian Bach’s incredible creativity, at Waterloo’s intimate Brown Derby. Also at 5pm.

Special Event
APR 02
Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Bach II – Matinee

Saturday, April 2 // 5:00PM - 6:15PM

Part two of a musical journey into Johann Sebastian Bach’s incredible creativity, at Waterloo’s intimate Brown Derby. Also at 8:30pm.

March 2016

MAR 26
Free
Waterloo Public Library, Waterloo

Lollipop: Bravo Brass

Saturday, March 26 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Enjoy a front row seat at this free concert featuring the wcfsymphony brass quintet and experience their array of bright, bold and exciting sounds.

MAR 05
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Firebird

Saturday, March 5 // 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Exhilarating percussion duo Maraca2 meets the musical fireworks of Igor Stravinsky.

February 2016

FEB 20
Free
Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo

Lollipop: It’s a String Thing

Saturday, February 20 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

String students from the UNI Suzuki School, small to tall, share their musical talents as they introduce the string family at this free performance.

FEB 06
Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Bach I – Evening

Saturday, February 6 // 8:30PM - 9:45PM

A musical journey into Johann Sebastian Bach’s incredible creativity, at Waterloo’s intimate Brown Derby. Also at 5pm.

Special Event
FEB 06
Brown Derby Ballroom, Waterloo

Concert: Bach I – Matinee

Saturday, February 6 // 5:00PM - 6:15PM

A musical journey into Johann Sebastian Bach’s incredible creativity, at Waterloo’s intimate Brown Derby. Also at 8:30pm.

December 2015

DEC 12
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Family Holiday

Saturday, December 12 // 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Beloved animated film The Snowman and holiday favorites, plus talented youth musicians from the Cedar Valley.

Special Event

November 2015

NOV 30
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Cedar Valley Christmas

Monday, November 30 // 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Join us as we partner for the first time with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley for a traditional Christmas carol sing-a-long

NOV 14
Free
Davis Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Lollipop: World of Percussion

Saturday, November 14 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Sample the sounds and colors of percussion found around the globe at this free concert by the wcfsymphony percussion quartet.

NOV 07
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Star Wars

Saturday, November 7 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

John William’s timeless music for Star Wars, and the epic works that inspired it. May the forte be with you!

Special Event

October 2015

OCT 24
wcfsymphony Artistic Director Jason Weinberger
Free
Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls

Lollipop: Peter and The Wolf

Saturday, October 24 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Hear the tale of brave Peter and his animal friends as told by the wcfsymphony woodwind quintet and our own master of ceremonies, maestro Jason Weinberger.

OCT 10
Great Hall GBPAC, Cedar Falls

Concert: Copland and Clarinet

Saturday, October 10 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Folk music from around the globe with virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer.

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September 2015

SEP 13
RiverLoop Amphitheatre, Waterloo

Concert: Water Music

Sunday, September 13 // 7:30PM - 9:00PM

An open-air evening of food, friends and festive music overlooking the Cedar River. Tickets available at the door.

Special Event
SEP 04
Free
Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls

Concert: Wordless Songs

Friday, September 4 // 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Jason Weinberger performs and discusses Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces and Romances on a special lunchtime program at the Hearst Center.

April 2015

APR 25
Disney's classic, live in concert

Fantasia

Saturday, April 25 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Disney’s Fantasia films live in concert, including Nutcracker, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Dance of the Hours performed live by wcfsymphony to the stunningly restored footage on a cinema screen

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APR 11
A new view of orchestra

Rediscover

Saturday, April 11 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Exploring our orchestra and our musical heritage with violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. Complementing Romain’s symphonic explorations are a set of American classics highlighting different aspects of the orchestra.

Buck a Kid Curtain TalkSpecial Event
APR 04
Free
Lollipop Concert

Percussion Galore

Saturday, April 4 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

The wcfsymphony Percussion Quartet proves there’s no such thing as too many drums.

March 2015

MAR 07
A musical mystery

Imagine

Saturday, March 7 // 8:30PM - 9:45PM

Why didn’t Schubert finish his Eighth Symphony, universally recognized as one his greatest works? Hear both movements of the ‘Unfinished’ alongside other works connected to its composition, with visuals and spoken text illuminating the mystery of this amazing piece.

Buck a Kid Special Event

February 2015

FEB 28
Free
Lollipop Concert

Stories on a String

Saturday, February 28 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Marvel to incredible musical tales spun by the wcfsymphony String Quartet.

FEB 07
Mahler's Viennese transformation

Brown Derby

Saturday, February 7 // 8:30PM - 9:50PM

Travel to early 20th-century Vienna via a rare live performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony in its delightful chamber arrangement.

Meet the Artists
FEB 07
Sold Out
Mahler's Viennese transformation

Brown Derby

Saturday, February 7 // 5:00PM - 6:20PM

Travel to early 20th-century Vienna via a rare live performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony in its delightful chamber arrangement.

December 2014

DEC 13
Perform with us!

Sing

Saturday, December 13 // 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Handel’s Messiah with Metropolitan Chorale and YOU! Singing isn’t required, but you may not be able to help yourself at this perfect holiday outing for music lovers – and music makers – of all ages. All tickets are just $5.

November 2014

NOV 08
wcfsymphony Artistic Director Jason Weinberger
Free
Lollipop Concert

Crazy Clarinets

Saturday, November 8 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Artistic Director Jason Weinberger and his cohorts introduce the entire clarinet family at this free concerts for kids of all ages.

NOV 01
Audience choice and more

Surprise

Saturday, November 1 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

An experiment in concertgoing, this program will only be revealed at the performance! Surprises include a favorite piano concerto with the winner of UNI’s Midwest International Piano Competition, and an orchestral classic chosen by you.

Buck a Kid Meet the ArtistsCurtain Talk

October 2014

OCT 11
American styles

Celebrate

Saturday, October 11 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Chamber music rock stars PROJECT Trio bring their “musicianship, joy and surprise” to an incredible all-American program that celebrates wcfsymphony’s unique artistic vision.

Buck a Kid Curtain TalkMeet the Artists
OCT 04
Free
Lollipop Concert

Bright Brass

Saturday, October 4 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

The wcfsymphony Brass Quintet introduces young listeners to the vibrant colors of symphonic brass instruments.

September 2014

SEP 06
On the Cedar River

RiverLoop

Saturday, September 6 // 7:30PM - 8:45PM

Join us at the panoramic RiverLoop Amphitheatre in downtown Waterloo, the perfect spot to take in the riverfront’s sights and sounds as they mix with Duke Ellington’s The River and a world premiere.

April 2014

APR 26
Help plan next season!

An Imaginary Symphony: 85th Anniversary Preview

Saturday, April 26 // 7:30PM - 8:30PM

Only wcfsymphony could create an evening of music as singular as Imaginary Symphony, a mashup of four amazing movements from classic orchestral masterpieces. You’ll choose one of these pieces to performed in full the following season!

Buck a Kid Special EventFine Reception
APR 05
Brand new music and a classic by Mahler

Spaces: Mahler 1 and World Premiere

Saturday, April 5 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

When philosopher Johann Wolfgang van Goethe referred to music as ‘liquid architecture’ he could have been talking about this remarkable program, featuring glorious Gabrielli canons echoing high above the Great Hall stage, a brand new work by Iowa composer Brooke Joyce inspired by deco architectural drawings, and Mahler’s spacious First Symphony.

Buck a Kid Meet the ArtistsCurtain TalkFine Reception

March 2014

MAR 29
Free
Lollipop Concert

Lollipop Concert: World of Percussion

Saturday, March 29 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Travel across the globe – in sound – at this engaging free concert by the UNI Percussion Studio.

MAR 01
Viola, now and then

Two Faces of Viola: Nadia Sirota

Saturday, March 1 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Violist Nadia Sirota, a leading new music advocate – and former student of Jason Weinberger! – visits our stage to present “beautiful music of a higher order than anything else you will hear this year,” while the wcfsymphony violas take center stage in Brahms’ sumptuous A major Serenade.

Buck a Kid Meet the ArtistsCurtain TalkFine Reception

February 2014

FEB 22
wcfsymphony Artistic Director Jason Weinberger
Free
Lollipop Concert

Lollipop Concert: Clarinet Counterpoint

Saturday, February 22 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Artistic Director Jason Weinberger breaks out his clarinet for an amazing one-man show.

FEB 01
Sold Out
Rediscover Mozart in a historic Waterloo venue

Brown Derby Ballroom: A Mozart Soirée

Saturday, February 1 // Various Times

Travel back in time inside Waterloo’s newly-restored Brown Derby Ballroom, one of our area’s legendary venues.

Meet the Artists

December 2013

DEC 14
A special family show for the holidays

Family Holiday Concert: The Snowman, Film with Live Orchestra

Saturday, December 14 // 4:00PM - 5:00PM

The Snowman is an Academy Award-nominated animation based on Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s book of the same name. Hear the symphony perform Howard Blake’s beautiful soundtrack live with the film.

Meet the Artists

November 2013

NOV 10
A stirring meditation on history

Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass

Sunday, November 10 // 3:00PM - 4:30PM

This fall we are honored to join together with the GBPAC Artist Series and a host of community partners to present a stirring artistic response to the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass.

Meet the ArtistsCurtain Talk
NOV 02
Free
Lollipop Concert

Lollipop Concert: Fiddlesticks

Saturday, November 2 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

Kids will enjoy hearing their peers in the UNI Suzuki School Strings perform in this free, entertaining program!

October 2013

OCT 26
Acclaimed vocalist with band and full orchestra

Brandi Carlile: Exclusive Iowa Symphony Show

Saturday, October 26 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Incomparable singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile returns to our stage in an exclusive Midwest appearance – her only orchestra performance in the region this year – for a show the Seattle Times called a ‘stirring, lush delight.’

OCT 12
Free
Lollipop Concert

Lollipop Concert: Amazing Tin Can Band

Saturday, October 12 // 10:00AM - 10:40AM

This free concert for kids and families features the Cedar Valley’s most resourceful percussion and piano duo.

OCT 05
A magnificent season kickoff performance

Opening-Night Gala: Bolero

Saturday, October 5 // 7:30PM - 9:30PM

An unforgettable kickoff to our concert series at the GBPAC, this gala evening showcases the amazing talents of our players in Ravel’s mesmerizing Bolero and Conor Hanick in John Adams’ exuberant and jazzy Century Rolls for piano and orchestra.

Buck a Kid Meet the ArtistsCurtain TalkFine ReceptionSpecial Event

September 2013

SEP 07
Gary Kelley Dvorak
Debut performance on the Cedar River in Waterloo

Riverloop Debut: Dvorák in Iowa

Saturday, September 7 // 7:30PM

Antonín Dvořák New World Symphony, inspired in part by his 1893 stay in northeast Iowa, is the focus of our first-ever concert at the stunning Riverloop Amphitheater on the Cedar River in downtown Waterloo.