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FHS jazz band playing at SEISO’s concert Saturday

A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to music programs in Fairfield and two other school districts
Feb 12, 2018

OTTUMWA -- The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Robert McConnell, will present its Winter Classical concert Saturday and Sunday.

The first concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. This is the Ottumwa Chapter of SEISO’s second annual Concert for a Cause. In addition to private donations, the Southeast Iowa Symphony will donate 75 percent of all ticket sales to the Fairfield Band Aids, the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont music boosters and the Ottumwa Community School District symphony program.

Last year, the event raised more than $1,700 for the Ottumwa YMCA.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-concert social.

“There wll be free food, a cash bar, a special photo booth and a wonderful pre-concert lecture by our conductor Robert McConell,” said Steve Campbell, president of the Ottumwa Chapter of SEISO. “We’re even going to feature each of the student programs with small performances in the lobby.”

The SEISO concert starts at 7:30 p.m. During intermission, the Fairfield High School jazz band and bands from the other two beneficiaries will perform.

Tickets for adults are $15; students are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance and printed at home so attendees can skip the line; even though students are admitted free, they still must be included in the order because everyone needs a ticket. Tickets are available at www.bridgeviewcenter.com. The concert is included with the purchase of a season ticket. Season tickets or single tickets can be purchased at the door or on the website www.seiso.us. There is no reserved seating.

Two additional performances will be given Sunday: 2 p.m. at the Capitol Theater in Burlington and 6:30 p.m. at the Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel Auditorium, Mt. Pleasant.

The performances will feature a plethora of soloists. Opening the concert will be the 2018 Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist winner, Vidya Mullangi from Burlington, performing Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. The orchestra will then take center stage performing Antonio Salieri’s Twenty-Six Variations on “La Folia di Spagna” featuring soloists from within the orchestra itself. Concluding the first half of the program will be the hauntingly beautiful first movement of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto featuring Artist-in-Residence Keoni Bolding.

Bolding and SEISO clarinetist Lisa Wissenberg will open the second half of the program with the final movement of the Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola by Max Bruch. The program will be concluded with the ever-rousing Capriccio Espagnol by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, again featuring soloists from within the orchestra.

To make the most of the concert experience, attend the free “prelude.” Forty-five minutes before each concert, McConnell will talk about the music and the orchestra’s artist-in-residence and young artist winner.

For information, contact the SEISO Office in Mt. Pleasant at 319-385-6352, seiso@iw.edu or www.seiso.us.

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