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Forces of Destiny
Kevin Judge, Bassoon

Concert 1 Winter 2021
Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium
Fort Dodge, Iowa

In tribute to our longtime Principal Bassoonist Jerry Sande, our Orchestra has commissioned a bassoon concerto by Georgia-based composer Nicole Chamberlain. We performed her piece Ogeechee a few seasons ago, which was a huge hit with our musicians, audience and, especially, with Jerry. It made perfect sense that she was chosen to compose this piece for us. Verdi’s triumphant Overture to La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny) and Saint-Saens’s own musical tribute to his love for North Africa are included with Mascagni’s tuneful Intermezzo and finally concluding with the Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird, a piece that begins with a beautiful, yet melancholy bassoon solo.


VERDI Overture to La Forza del Destino

SAINT-SAENS Suite Algerienne


MASCAGNI Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

Nicole CHAMBERLAIN Bassoon Concerto (Commissioned Work)

STRAVINSKY Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird


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

Kevin Judge
Kevin Judge has established an international presence through his commitment to bringing a variety of experiences to artistically engaged audiences, which includes concert performances at Carnegie Hall and in Brazil, Belize, and France. In the summer of 2015, Kevin was selected from a national pool of applicants to serve as a mentor for MusAid, a non-profit organization that provides musical institutions in under-resourced parts of the world. Working alongside his fellow mentors, volunteer music teachers and using donated instruments, Kevin helpful to provide high quality musical education to at-risk children and youth in Belize City, Belize. During the academic year, Kevin teaches bassoon and serves as an academic adviser for Music Hall at Iowa State University. He is principal bassoon of the Des Moines Symphony and regularly performs with orchestras across the state. Kevin has attended distinguished classical music summer programs, including Music Academy of the West, Sarasota Music Festival and the Castleton Music Festival, where he worked with legendary conductor Lorin Maazel. While attending Music Academy of the West, he was chosen to be an Educational Outreach Coach, which allowed him to opportunity to mentor talented high school students in a chamber music setting. A student of Benjamin Kamins, Kevin received a Master of Music degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. While at Rice, he was actively involved in the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, assorted wind chamber ensembles and served as an Education Outreach Coordinator where he helped elementary students in the Greater Houston Area gain a wider appreciation for classical music in an interactive environment. Prior to attending Rice, Kevin studied with Benjamin Coelho and won first prize in the Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship in 2008.