Orchestra Iowa Masterworks
Saturday to Monday, Oct. 14 to 16
Principal cellist Laura Usiskin will be in the solo spotlight on the Shostakovich Cello Concert No. 1, during a trio of weekend performances. Written in 1959, it’s “one of the great pieces written for the cello,” she said in a YouTube video, adding that she likes the way it depicts “some of the most profound, deep and intense emotions ... in an understandable way.” Also on the program are “The Swan of Tuonela” from “Lemminkainen Suite” by Sibelius and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique).
Orchestra Iowa Masterworks -- Cedar Rapids: 7:30 p.m. Saturday (10/14), Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE; $16 to $54; Iowa City: 2:30 p.m. Sunday (10/15), West High School, 2901 Melrose Ave., $28, tickets: Artsiowa.com; $10 youth and student tickets at (319) 366-8203; Fairfield: 7:30 p.m. Monday (10/16), Sondheim Center, 200 N. Main St.; $10 to $20, Fairfieldacc.com
‘Rise Up, O Men’
Oct. 12, to Nov. 12
This latest addition to the Church Basement Ladies musical comedy series introduces the men of the church, right alongside the ladies from the basement. As these hardworking farmers discuss “man stuff,” they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen, leaving audiences rolling in the aisles. Today’s opening performance is sold out, as are the Oct. 18, Nov. 1, 8 and 9 shows. However, matinees have been added Oct. 21 and 28. So don’t wait too long, or you’ll miss out on another hot-dish helping from the Lutheran ladies.
“Rise Up, O Men” -- Oct. 12 to Nov. 12, various times, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana; $19.50 to $31, $12 student rush, Old Creamery Box Office, (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com
Red Cedar: CzechStrings
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15
Red Cedar Chamber Music opens its 22nd season with vivacious Czech music. But not everything is what it seems. Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu’s “Duo No. 2” sounds distinctly American, Warren Gooch’s “Fauxmanian Dances” lives up to its name, and Bohemian-born Antonín Kraft’s “Duo” sounds a lot like Haydn. Also on the program are a fiery Furiant by Otakar Sevcík and a set of Czech folk songs arranged by Iowa composer Harvey Sollberger.
Red Cedar: CzechStrings -- Iowa City: 7 p.m. Saturday (10/14), First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave.; $10 to $20, (319) 338-0307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; Cedar Rapids: 3 p.m. Sunday (10/15), National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW; $10 to $20, (319) 362-8500 or Ncsml.org