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Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra presents free concert Wednesday in Fairfield

Symphony orchestra plans 64th season
Jul 15, 2014

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra is promoting its 2014-15 season with a free chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Guest artist Margaret Marco will appear as soloist with eight musicians from the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Marco, a native of Joliet, Illinois, is professor of oboe at the University of Kansas.

The program also will feature woodwind specialist Iowa Wesleyan College professor Jason Edwards performing on oboe, flute and soloing on bassoon in a jazz version of “Amazing Grace.”

“These programs have tremendous variety,” said Robert McConnell, who will both conduct and perform on oboe. “We will present some standard baroque works of Bach and Handel, a Chopin piano solo featuring IWC professor of piano Margaret Runas, an Irish jig, music from the movies ‘Shrek’ and ‘Twilight’ and more. It’s really fun to have so much variety.”

“In addition to previewing our season, these concerts are a great opportunity for people to relax and get out and enjoy the cultural talent of our area,” he continued.

Audience members will have an opportunity to make a free-will donation. which will benefit the orchestra.

 

Symphony orchestra plans 64th season

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra has unveiled plans for its 64th season.

Under the direction of conductor Robert McConnell, the regional orchestra will present a full slate of classical concerts, Kidsymphony concerts, summer and Christmas concerts, the pops concert and educational activities.

The annual “Symphonic Blast!” in Burlington’s Crapo Park, rained out on July 5, has been rescheduled for 7:45 p.m. Aug. 16. The concert will be a rich and wonderful blend of popular and light classical music.

As always, it will conclude with Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and fireworks. Bring the family and a picnic supper for a memorable evening.

With funding from the John H. Witte Jr. Foundation, the Starker Foundation and the Cullen Family Foundation, the Symphonic Blast! is offered free of charge, with an opportunity to make a free-will donation to the orchestra.

In September, SEISO will perform two pops concerts with dinner. The first will be Sept. 13 at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. The Burlington Pops will follow the evening of Sept. 14 at Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are ordered through the Burlington and/or Ottumwa Pops Committees. Reservation forms will be mailed in August. Those who do not receive the SEISO season brochure and wish to order pops tickets for the first time, should contact the Symphony Office. Tickets for concert-only seating will be available (without prior reservations) at the door at each venue.

Season tickets are on sale now for SEISO’s classical concert series.

The fall concert series Oct. 18-19 is family-friendly and will feature an encore performance of Nathaniel Stookey’s “The Composer is Dead” narrated by Greg Wiley of Washington, Iowa.

There will be three presentations of SEISO’s Kidsymphony Concert for Families Nov. 8 in Ottumwa, Mt. Pleasant and Burlington. McConnell and the SEISO will take a light-hearted approach to introducing children and their families to the symphony orchestra. Each concert lasts about 45 minutes and is funny, fast-paced and entertaining.

Kidsymphony concerts tickets are sold at the door: $3 for adults and $2 for kids; or included free of charge with season tickets ordered before Aug. 1.

SEISO’s “Messiah Sing” has been enhanced to a full holiday concert, with the addition of Christmas carols and popular holiday music. There will be many opportunities to sing along with the orchestra – including favorite choruses from “Messiah.” Participants are asked to bring their own vocal scores for “Messiah,” and SEISO will provide words and music for everything else.

Tickets for the holiday concert are available through the season brochure or at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students 12 years of age and older.

The winter concert series Feb. 14-15 has pianist Spencer Myer returning to perform Brahms’ colossus Piano Concerto No. 2. In addition, the orchestra will have the winner of the Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist Competition.

The spring concert series March 21-22 features SEISO’s artist-in-residence, violinist Jessica Fellows. For two weeks prior to the concerts, Fellows will be teaching and performing for schools and community groups throughout Southeast Iowa. The orchestra will complete its 64th season with Franck’s Accursed Huntsman and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra sent out ticket brochures, as plans for the 64th season were unveiled.

To receive a season brochure, contact the SEISO office at 610 N. Main, Mt. Pleasant 52641, 319-385-6352 or seiso@iwc.edu.

The cost of season tickets is $35 for adults, $20 for students and $70 for family passes. Those who place orders by Aug. 1 also will receive free tickets to SEISO’s Kidsymphony family concert. Patrons, who choose to forego their free tickets, can have them donated to their local school district.

All orchestra donors will be recognized in the season’s classical concert programs at various levels based on the amount donated.

Detailed information about concerts, schedules, tickets and other programs is available on the orchestra’s website at www.seiso.us.

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