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Idaho State-Civic Symphony Announces New Interim Conductor and 2017-2018 Season

Idaho State-Civic Symphony Announces New Interim Conductor and 2017-2018 Season


The Idaho State Civic-Symphony (ISCS) has named Julie Sorensen as interim conductor for the 2017-2018 season. Sorensen is currently part of Idaho State University’s music faculty and is the conductor of the ISCS Youth Orchestra.

By assuming the new position, Sorensen becomes one of the handful of female conductors in the country. The “Racial/Ethnic and Gender Diversity in the Orchestra Field” report by the League of American Orchestras states that only 20.5 percent of American conductors in 2016 were female.

“The Symphony is very excited to announce Sorensen as our interim conductor,” said Heather Clarke, executive director of the ISCS. “She is very talented and accomplished musician and conductor, and we are excited to see what she does with the Symphony this year.”

The ISCS and Sorensen will kick off the 2017-2018 season on Sept. 22 featuring Saint-Saens “Organ Symphony #3” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol.”

Sorensen joined the ISU music faculty in fall 2011 as an assistant lecturer in music theory, aural skills and music appreciation. In fall 2015, she became the applied instructor of flute, where she teaches a strong studio of flutists. She is also the artistic director of the ISU flute choir. As a chamber and orchestral musician, Sorensen performs with the City Creek Winds faculty wind quintet and is the principal flute for the ISCS. She was the orchestra director for the ISU spring production of “Into the Woods” and in fall 2012, Sorensen organized and directed the first full student chamber symphony orchestra at ISU.  

Sorensen came to ISU from Lubbock, Texas, where she studied for her Ph.D. in Fine Arts with a specialty in orchestral conducting from Texas Tech University. While in Lubbock, Sorensen also served as the assistant conductor for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra where she conducted family, children's and holiday concerts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music and flute performance from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The upcoming season will feature the works of Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and more. It will also include the annual POPS concert featuring a movie night with the symphony and Charlie Chaplin’s silent film “City Lights” and the annual Halloween Family Concert. This season will also feature guest artists Zuill Bailey, cello, Natalia Lauk, piano, and the Idaho Falls Symphony.

“I think that this will be one of our best seasons yet,” said Clarke. “It will feature a wide array of music styles that will appeal to a variety of audiences. We had a great 2016-2017 season and are excited to bring the energy and excitement to this year’s season.”

To purchase regular or season tickets, contact the ISU Box Office at (208) 282-3595.

Concerts and dates are listed below.

Classical Series Dates:

 September 22: Season opener featuring Saint-Saens “Organ Symphony #3,” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol”

 October 28: Halloween Spooktacular

 November 10: Beethoven’s “Symphony #3” featuring Zuill Bailey on cello, Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides,” Saint-Saëns “Cello Concerto in A minor” and Massenet’s “Meditation from Thaïs”

 December 8 and 9: Joy to the World: an ISU Christmas featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria”

 February 8: Rachmanioff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor” featuring Natalia Lauk on piano, Mozart’s “Overture to The Magic Flute,” Wagner’s “Prelude to Tristan und Isolde” and Barber’s “Medea’s Dance of Venegeance”

 April 27: Double Orchestra: “Bolero!” with the Idaho Falls Symphony, Bach/Stokowski’s “Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor,” Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis,” Mahler’s “Totenfeier” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”


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