There will be three presentations of SEISO’s Kidsymphony Concert for Families in Ottumwa, Mt. Pleasant and Burlington Saturday, Nov. 9. Music director, Robert McConnell and the SEISO will take a light-hearted approach to introducing children and their parents to the symphony orchestra with Lemony Snicket’s hilarious tale “The Composer is Dead.” Each concert lasts about 45 minutes – not too long for little ones to enjoy from beginning to end. They’re funny, fast-paced and very entertaining. Tickets for Kidsymphony concerts are sold at the door ($3 for adults and $2 for kids) or included free of charge with season tickets ordered before Aug. 1.
Now an annual tradition, SEISO will present Messiah - Sing! Dec. 7. Once again, SEISO will provide an incredible opportunity for people to celebrate the holiday season by singing Handel’s masterpiece. The orchestra and regional soloists will perform in the Iowa Wesleyan College Chapel, Mt. Pleasant and you, the audience, will be the chorus. There will be plenty of room for everyone, including those who just want to sit back and enjoy the music. 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 of charge) from the Internet. Tickets are available for sale through the season brochure or at the door ($10 for adults and $5 for students over 12 years of age).
SEISO’s Winter Concert Series (Feb. 15-16, 2014) 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. Sarah Roberts will play solo clarinet and her twin sister Rachel will perform on the flute.