Luther hosts Iowa premiere of 'Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony' Nov. 6

Oct. 19, 2010

A lunatic is coming to Iowa, and he's taking over the orchestra. Luther College will present the Iowa premiere of "Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony" Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Luther College Box Office, (563) 387-1357, open 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://centerstage.luther.edu. Ticket prices are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.

"Professor Kubínek" is part of Luther's 2010-11 Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events.

Professor Tomáš Kubínek joins Maestro Timothy Hankewich and the entire 83-piece Orchestra Iowa on the premiere tour of an entertaining new work produced by the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium. The event blends classical music, humorous antics and unexpected entertainment.

"Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony," hailed as "a performance that would make Beethoven, Dvorak, Strauss and Bach amused, bewildered and proud," will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak, Mozart, Offenbach, Rossini and Verdi.

In addition to quality music played by professional musicians, Professor Tomáš Kubínek interacts with orchestra and audience, bringing hilarity and laughter to the classical orchestra performance.

Self-proclaimed "Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible," Kubínek is bombastic, beautiful, heartfelt and hilarious. He has worked as a professional entertainer for more than 30 years, selling out performances in more than 30 countries.

Kubínek is the recipient of numerous international awards including the Moers Comedy Prize from the International Comedy Arts Festival in Germany; the Schneestern Award from the International Festival of Humor in Arosa, Switzerland; and the Samuel Beckett Theatre Award from the Dublin Theater Festival in Ireland.           

Orchestra Iowa's first collaboration with Hancher, "Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony" is a profoundly entertaining evening of grand music, madcap brilliance, absurd invention and old-world charm, with enormous audience appeal—satisfying symphonic newcomers and seasoned aficionados alike.

Orchestra Iowa is one of the oldest and longest running professional symphonies in the Midwest. The 2010-11 season will mark Hankewich's fifth season as the music director of the orchestra.

The performance at Luther is one of four select stops for the Iowa premiere of "Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony," with support from an anonymous family foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Iowa West Foundation, ACT, Rockwell Collins, Betty Winokur, the Community Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and Hancher Partners.

The next performance in Luther College's 2010-11 Center Stage Series is the Kenny Barron Trio with special guest David Sanchez on Nov. 11. To learn more about upcoming performances in the series, visit the Center Stage website at http://centerstage.luther.edu.