How the Dubuque Symphony puts together its “Ultimate Rock Hits” concert

Posted on: January 10, 2020

“Dubuque Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor William Intriligator might best be known for interpreting the classical likes of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky,” writes Megan Gloss in Tuesday’s (1/7) Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA). “But at heart, he fancies himself a rocker…. The maestro will again take the helm of the ensemble’s Ultimate Rock Hits … Jan. 17-18.… The concerts will feature an approximately 25-piece orchestra backing an assortment of local rock musicians, including eight vocalists…. A sampling of what audiences can expect to hear will include songs made popular by everyone from The Eagles to Warrant, Bryan Adams, No Doubt, Alanis Morissette, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Sevendust, Guns N’ Roses, Audioslave, Fleetwood Mac and more…. The [Joie Wails Band] rock ensemble begins meeting months in advance to rehearse, while the orchestra secures performance rights, pens arrangements courtesy of Chicago-based DSO flutist and piccolo player Scott Douglas and works out the logistics. The two entities come together for only one rehearsal…. As much as it’s an opportunity for the local rock musicians to stretch themselves, it’s also a chance for DSO players to show off non-classical chops…. ‘These concerts are a testament to the incredible range of our DSO musicians,’ Intriligator said.”