Riverfront Symphony Music In Waterloo

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony will perform its first in-person concert in 15 months at the Riverloop Amphitheater in Waterloo. Photo: Cedar Falls Tourism

Writer: Michael Morain
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

If you were an orchestra conductor, what music would you choose for your first in-person concert in 15 months?

Jason Weinberger, who leads the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, has chosen some Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, and tossed in Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dances” for good measure, for a free concert on June 12 at Waterloo’s Riverloop Amphitheatre. The program will also feature a piece called “Adoration” by Florence Price (1887-1953), the first Black woman to be widely recognized as a symphonic composer.

Like many of Iowa’s cultural organizations, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony shifted gears during the pandemic to create digital programs to maintain ties with audiences and keep staff employed. The orchestra received more than $60,000 in recovery grants from the Iowa Arts Council, plus an additional $5,000 grant to develop a virtual education program for local elementary students.

But still, there’s nothing like an in-person concert, where the sound waves wash over everyone at once. (The amphitheater’s upper level will be available, by reservation, for socially distanced seating.)

Another concert at the amphitheater is set for July 3, with holiday fireworks, followed by a Sept. 4 performance at the new River Place Plaza Stage in downtown Cedar Falls.

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