Dr. Daniel Kaplunas will make his debut as conductor of the Wartburg Community Symphony Saturday, Oct. 15, in a concert featuring German Reformation music.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium on the Wartburg College campus.

Kaplunas will present a pre-concert talk in the auditorium at 7 p.m., introducing himself and new principal string musicians, outlining his goals for the symphony, and commenting on the evening’s program.

Tickets and season memberships will be available at the door, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Single admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students, free for children 5 and under.

The program includes three works by German masters:

  • “Overture to ‘Coriolan’” by Beethoven is an emotional musical prelude to accompany a play about a legendary general who cannot rule Rome.
  • “Clarinet Concerto No. 1” by Carl Maria von Weber features Dr. Eric Wachmann, professor of music at Wartburg College. Wachmann has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe and is principal clarinetist with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony.
  • “Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony” includes variations on Luther’s chorale, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

Jon Tehven, Wartburg Community Symphony Association president, encourages friends of the symphony and college alumni to attend.

 “Musicians include Wartburg College students, community members, and professional musicians,” Tehven said. “You will be impressed with what they are accomplishing.”

The Wartburg Community Symphony’s goal is to enhance the cultural vitality of Northeast Iowa by sharing symphonic music through concerts and educational programming.