The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Robert McConnell, will conclude its 63rd season with powerful and exciting concerts with artist in residence Sarah Roberts and twin sister Rachel Roberts. Sarah will perform David Canfield’s Concerto after Gliére for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra. Following intermission, the Roberts sisters will join forces for Saint-Saëns’ Tarantelle for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra. The orchestra will complete the concert two powerful pieces, Dvořák’s Slovanic Dance No. 8 and Prokofiev’s Suite No. 2 from Romeo and Juliet. The first concert will be held Saturday, March 22, 7:30 PM in Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. Two additional performances will be given Sunday, March 23, 2014: 3:00 PM in Indian Hills Community College St. John Auditorium in Ottumwa and 7:30 PM in the Iowa Wesleyan College chapel auditorium, Mt. Pleasant. SEISO’s Spring Concerts are sponsored through the generosity of South Ottumwa Savings Bank.
A native of Fort Madison, Iowa, Sarah Roberts made her soloist debut at the age of seventeen with the Southeast Iowa Symphony performing Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for saxophone and orchestra. The following year she was a featured soloist with the Des Moines Symphony in Des Moines, Iowa; and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. In 2008, Sarah made her European debut after she was invited to perform with the Juilliard School’s AXIOM Ensemble on their Beyond the Machine 7.0 – The Eye/Ear Collaboration concert at the Tanhalle in Zurch, Switzerland. Currently, Sarah has completed the coursework for a doctorate of musical arts degree in saxophone performance under the instruction of Dr. Eric Nestler. In August 2012, she was hired as the Professor of Woodwinds and Bands at Tyler Junior College where she teaches private saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe lessons; in addition to directing the Symphonic Band, directing the woodwind instrumental chamber ensemble, assisting with the TJC Marching Band, and teaching classroom courses such as jazz improvisation and music appreciation. Ms. Roberts holds dual masters of music degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the University of North Texas and dual bachelors degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the University of Michigan.