Cordingley to be featured soloist with Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

March 13, 2017
Allen Cordingley

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Allen Cordingley, senior lecturer in the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will be a featured soloist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra at Five Flags Theater, located at 405 Main Street in Dubuque, Iowa, on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m.

The Classics 4 - Music & Movies program presents some of the great film scores of John Williams. Cordingley will be the featured soloist on saxophone in jazzy music from the film “Catch Me If You Can.” The program also will include Williams’ “Main Title” and “Imperial March” from “Star Wars” and “Hedwig’s Theme” from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Also featured in the program is the symphonic favorite, “Scheherazade,” a work inspired by the stories of the “Arabian Nights” and “Tragedy Tomorrow” by Dubuque-native Michael Gilbertson – a work inspired by photographs of New York City in the 1920s.

Cordingley has performed with the symphony since 2006, playing saxophone at a variety of its pop concerts, classical concerts and rock shows at the Mississippi Moon Bar in Dubuque.

“This is a huge performance for me, and it will easily go down as one of my favorite gigs of all time,” said Cordingley. “Many musicians never get the opportunity to play a concerto with a professional symphony orchestra. I am so thankful that they asked me to play. It is my hope that my current and future students find this performance inspiring, so they too can have an experience like this.”

Cordingley teaches saxophone, history of rock, observes student teachers and helps coordinate the annual jazz festival at UW-Platteville. He is also a founding member of the Ensemble 135 trio, a chamber ensemble-in-residence at UW-Platteville that performs recitals and concerts in the tri-state area. Before joining the faculty in the fall of 2006, Allen was on tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The band toured the United States, Canada and Japan, performing more than 300 concerts a year. Other jazz gigs have included performances with Wycliffe Gordon, Marvin Stamm, Frank Sinatra Jr. and the Sammy Kaye Orchestra.

As a concert saxophonist, Cordingley has performed with the Dubuque Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Youngstown Symphony and Madison Symphony. He holds degrees from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, where he studied with Steven Jordheim, Marco Albonetti, Woody Mankowski and James Umble.

Keith Lienert, lecturer of percussion and jazz studies at UW-Platteville, also was recently featured by the orchestra, performing a marimba concerto.

To purchase tickets for the Classics 4 - Music & Movies program, go to: or

To read more about Cordingley, go to: /news/pioneer-spotlight-allen-cordingley

Written/formatted by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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