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SEISO performing winter concert at IW this Sunday

Feb 13, 2018

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Robert McConnell, will feature a plethora of superb soloists on the Winter Classical concert.

The first concert will be Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. This is Ottumwa’s Concert for a Cause. Two additional performances will be given Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Capitol Theater in Burlington and 6:30 p.m. at the Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel Auditorium, in Mt. Pleasant.

Admission to the winter concerts in Burlington, Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant is by season ticket or by single tickets, which may be purchased at the door or on their website at www.seiso.us.

Opening the concert will be the 2018 Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist winner Vidya Mullangi, of 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.

Music Director Robert McConnell will be on hand 45 minutes before performances in Burlington, Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant to talk about the music and the orchestra’s artist-in-residence Keoni Bolding and young artist winner Vidya Mullangi. This “Prelude” is supported through a grant from the Charles W. Rand Memorial Lecture Fund in Burlington and is offered free of charge to all audience members.

The mission of Ottumwa’s Concert for a Cause is for SEISO to collaborate with a nonprofit or music education beneficiary. SEISO will donate 75 percent of door sales tickets to the recipient. In exchange, the recipient will help market the event to their base to increase attendance.

The Concert for a Cause will have three beneficiaries: Ottumwa String Music Program, the Fairfield Music Boosters, and the Eddyville-Blakesburg Music Boosters. The event will host a preconcert social with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, the annual preconcert lecture with the conductor, and a photo-booth. Student musicians from the three programs will perform in the lobby before the concert, during intermission and post-concert to showcase their programs to the community.

For questions, contact the SEISO Office at 601 North Main, Mt. Pleasant 52641 by calling 319.385.6352 or email seiso@iw.edu. More information is available at www.seiso.us.

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