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SEISO announces its 63rd season schedule

Jul 25, 2013

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra has unveiled plans for its 63rd 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 and educational activities.

In September, SEISO will perform two Pops concerts. The first performance with dinner and concert will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. The Burlington Pops will follow on Sunday evening, Sept. 15, and will be held at Memorial Auditorium. Tickets for concert-only seating will be available at the door at each venue.

The fall concert series (Oct. 19-20) will feature a large regional chorus in performances of Poulenc’s masterpiece Gloria and Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 by Gabrial Fauré. Dr. Bradley Miller, director of vocal and choral activities at Iowa Wesleyan College will serve as guest conductor for Fauré’s piece. In addition, the orchestra will complete this concert with a performance of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88.

There will be three presentations of SEISO’s Kidsymphony Concert for Families in Ottumwa, Mt. Pleasant and Burlington Saturday, Nov. 9. McConnell and the SEISO will take a light-hearted approach to introducing children and their parents to the symphony orchestra with Lemony Snicket’s tale “The Composer is Dead.” Each concert lasts about 45 minutes.

Now an annual tradition, SEISO will present Messiah - Sing! Dec. 7. The orchestra and regional soloists will perform in the Iowa Wesleyan College Chapel, Mt. Pleasant and the audience will be the chorus. Participants are asked to bring their own vocal scores, which are readily available from area music stores and at the door of the concert.

Messiah is under public domain, and vocal scores may also be downloaded, free, from the Internet. Tickets are available for sale through the season brochure or at the door.

SEISO’s Winter Concert Series (Feb. 15-16) will showcase Franck’s Symphony in D minor and Mozart’s Symphony No 41 in C Major - Jupiter. In addition, SEISO’s young artist competition winner may also perform with the orchestra.

The Spring Concert Series (March 22-23, 2014) features SEISO’s artist-in-residence, saxophonist Sarah Roberts. Roberts is a former SEISO Young Artist and a native of Ft. Madison. She will perform Canfield’s Concerto after Glière for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra.

For two weeks prior to the concerts, Roberts will be teaching and performing for schools and community groups throughout Southeast Iowa. The orchestra will complete its 63rd season with Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2 and a special presentation of Saint-Saens’ Tarantelle for flute, clarinet and orchestra.

Roberts will play solo clarinet and her twin sister, Rachel, will perform on the flute.

Detailed information about concerts, schedules, tickets and other programs is available on the orchestra’s web site:

To receive a season brochure, contact the SEISO office at 601 North Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641; phone 319-385-6352 or send e-mail to

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