In a virtual event Thursday, Orchestra Iowa announced that a new season will start on September 18.

The (very) long-awaited season begins

According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, "Brucemorchestra", on the lawn of the historic Brucemore mansion at 2160 Linden Dr. SE will be the first concert played by the group in 560 days!

Historically popular events and fun shows highlight the season

Orchestra Iowa joins forces with Revival Theatre Company, Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, and other local singers and dancers to stage an evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical theater hits — from “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I” to “South Pacific” and “Oklahoma.”

Who ya gonna call?

Other highlighted events include a fun show in October that features the movie "Ghostbusters" on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre, with Orchestra Iowa playing along to the soundtrack to the movie on stage. That event takes place on October 30.

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Orchestra Iowa is back to "take over Christmas"

Thursday's announcement brought welcome news of holiday performances returning including "Handel's Messiah" November 20, and the return of popular events including "Holiday Spectacular" (December 3-5 at the Paramount Theatre) and "The Nutcracker" (December 11 at the Adler Theatre in Davenport and December 18 at the Paramount Theatre).

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"The Music of Queen" will be on stage May 7, 2022, at the Paramount Theatre, and the Orchestra Iowa season will wrap up on May 21, 2022, with a show called "Musical Pranks".

There will be many more performances besides the ones listed above and you can get the full schedule and details here.

Season subscription sales start in May and for information, you can call the Orchestra Iowa Ticket Office at (319) 366-8203 or email

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