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Aaron Williams, Marimba and Vibraphone

Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:00 P.M.
Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium
Fort Dodge, Iowa

Opening with Korngold’s gallant Overture to The Seahawk, we explore works by composers who were influenced by water, including Wagner’s grandiose musical telling of Siegfried’s travels down the mighty Rhine, Nicole Chamberlain’s portrayal of a sleepy river in her home state of Georgia and Jennifer Jolley’s musical impression of traversing Lake Champlain. Percussionist Aaron Williams joins us for a widely recognizable concerto by Vivaldi, who made his home along the canals of Venice, and Iowa-born Michael Daugherty’s vibraphone showpiece Electric Eel.






Jennifer JOLLEY



Overture to The Seahawk

Concerto in C Major for Mandolin and Orchestra



The Ferry Crossing

Electric Eel from Dreamachine

Seigfried's Rhine Journey from Gotterdamerung

Admission is by season membership or tickets at the door ($10.00 Adults).

Be sure to register for the CD drawing which will be held after the intermission.

About the Soloist

Aaron Williams, Marimba and Vibraphone

Aaron Williams serves as Principal Percussionist with the Des Moines Symphony and the Quad City Symphony. He has also held the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Mansfield Symphony (Mansfield, OH) and Section Percussionist with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony.

Concurrently, Aaron is also an active freelance percussionist. He has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Orchestra Iowa (Cedar Rapids, IA), Buffalo Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, and the New World Symphony, among others.

Additional orchestral engagements have lead Aaron to performances on three other continents. He performed with the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy. He toured China with the Oberlin Orchestra, giving concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, among other cities. He also performed with the Orquestra de Professores at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil.

As a soloist, Aaron has performed David Gillingham’s Marimba Concerto No. 2 with the Des Moines Symphony, Áskell Másson’s Konzertstück for Snare Drum and Orchestra with the Firelands Symphony (Sandusky, OH), and Paul Creston’s Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra with the Quincy Symphony (Quincy, IL). During the summer, Aaron performs on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol with the Des Moines Metro Concert Band and has been featured as a soloist with the band.

Having great enthusiasm for contemporary chamber music, Aaron served as Artistic Director and percussionist for “Rhythm Unleashed: The Music of Marc Mellits”, a concert on the Quad City Symphony’s Signature Series. In Des Moines, he collaborated with organist Tin-Shi Tam to perform the U.S. premieres of Phaikon 493 by Leander Kaiser and The Shining City by JacobTV.

Aaron resides in Des Moines, IA where he maintains a private teaching studio and is on the faculty of the Des Moines Symphony Academy. He is also the Director of Operations for the Des Moines Symphony. He has a Master of Music degree from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy. His former teachers include Tom Freer, Michael Rosen, John Alfieri, Keith Aleo, and Dr. Donna Bohn.

Aaron is a Performing Artist for the Pearl Corporation and Adams Musical Instruments.