ISU Symphony Orchestra – Symphony of Diversity

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Join the Iowa State University Orchestra as they celebrate a world that is a Symphony of Diversity. Bringing uncommon artists and uncommon composers to the concert hall to highlight the many cultures and peoples that make up America, the performance features the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra under its conductor, Jonathan Govias, along with special guests Adrian Anantawan, violin, and John Rice, Elder of the Wasauksing First Nation.


  • Bal Masqué by American composer Amy Beach (American, 1867-1944)
  • Concerto for Violin by Amanda Maier Röntgen (Swedish, (1853-1894) with guest soloist Adrian Anantawan, violin
  • Juba Dance by Nathaniel Dett (African American/Canadian, 1882-1943)
  • Ojibwe Creation Legend “Nanabush and the Giant Beaver” by Canadian composer Richard Mascall (“Singing Beaver on Water”) (2nd American performance ever), narrated by John Rice, Ojibwe Elder of the Wasauksing First Nation
  • Conga del Fuego Nuevo by Arturo Márquez, (Mexican, b. 1950)

Total program duration is just over an hour and is specifically designed to be accessible to all ages.