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SEI Symphony Orchestra set to present winter concerts with regional chorus

Feb 03, 2017

Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra (SEISO) will blow out all the stops on its 66th season with three performances of Gloria from Puccini’s powerful mass and Felix Mendelssohn’s earnest prayer for peace Verleih’ uns Frieden for orchestra and chorus.

In addition, SEISO’s Young Artist Competition winner, Samuel Schulte, will perform with the orchestra. Concerts will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 12, in Burlington’s Capitol Theater; and at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Iowa Wesleyan University’s Chapel Auditorium, in Mt. Pleasant.

Under the direction of Robert McConnell, SEISO is proud to present Puccini's and Mendelssohn’s masterpieces with the orchestra, one professional soloist and a chorus of over 100 voices. The chorus is made up of vocalists from Burlington’s Bel Canto Chorale (directed by Jacob Yochum), Ottumwa Area Community Chorus (under the direction of Dr. Christine Bergen); and the Mt. Pleasant Community Chorale and Iowa Wesleyan University Choir (both under the direction of Blair Buffington).

Dennis Willhoit will serve as soloist for “Gloria”. He has sung with the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Des Moines, Rockford, Janesville-Beloit, Central Wisconsin, Appleton Fox Valley, Southeast Iowa, Truman State, Central Iowa and the University of Iowa. He has also served as the principal tenor for the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, appearing twice as soloist at Carnegie Hall with the group.

Samuel Schulte, SEISO Young Artist for 2017, was born and raised in Burlington, and currently attends Burlington Community High School as a sophomore.

Admission to the winter concerts is by SEISO season ticket or single admission, which can be purchased at the door. There will be no reserved seating.

Pre-concert talks with Robert McConnell are scheduled 45 minutes before each performance and are supported through a grant from the Charles W. Rand Memorial Lecture Fund, in Burlington.

Complete guest artist biographies and program notes are available on the SEISO website at

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