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Musique Militaire

Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:00 P.M.
Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium
Fort Dodge, Iowa

Pairing works by French and Russian composers, our Season Debut opens with Glazunov’s orchestration of Chopin’s animated Polonaise Militaire. Harpist Gretchen Brumwell performs Debussy’s dazzling Sacred and Profane Dances followed by Rimsky-Korsakov’s exuberant Overture on Russian Themes. Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite, a collection of pieces extracted from his film score about the life of a fabricated military officer, complements Debussy’s Marche éccosaise, written on request by a Scottish General.


CHOPIN/Arr. Glazunov






Polonaise Militaire in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1

Sacred and Profane Dances

Overture on Russian Themes, Op. 28


Suite from Lt. Kijé, Op. 60

Marche éccosaise

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


Gretchen Brumwell is principle harpist of Orchestra Iowa and an active performer throughout eastern Iowa. As a soloist, she has appeared with Orchestra Iowa, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, the Ottumwa Symphony, the Oskaloosa Symphony, the Iowa City Community String Orchestra, and the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she is a regular performer on Orchestra Iowa's Showcase Chamber series. She performs regularly with many symphonies and arts organizations, including the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, the Quad Cities Ballet, and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony.

A passionate educator, Ms. Brumwell serves as harp instructor at the University of Northern Iowa, Coe College, and the Orchestra Iowa School, where she also directs the Advanced Harp Ensemble. In the summer, she is the harp instructor at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival. She has taught at Grinnell College, Wartburg College, Cornell College, the Luthern Summer Music Festival, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Ms. Brumwell premiered and recorded several newly composed works: Jeremy Beck's "Song Without Words" for harp and flute, and Andrew's Earle SImpson's "Four Views of Pompeii" for string quartet and harp. In 2006, the Orchestra Iowa Advanced Harp Ensembel released its first CD, under her direction.

Ms. Brumwell followed an unusual path to the field of music, receiveing a bachelor's degree in biblical studies and humanities from Grace University before earning her master's degree in harp performance from Rice University. While at Rice, she was a regular substitute with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Ballet Orchestra. She has also studied with Paula Page, Mary Bircher, and the legendary Alice Chalifoux.