SEISO presenting spring concert

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Robert McConnell, will conclude its 67th season by featuring the magical and dynamic music of France in concerts Saturday and Sunday.

Opening the concert will be Saint-SaŽns? sobering and powerful Requiem featuring vocal soloists Christine Bergan of Ottumwa, Emily Wheeler of Iowa City, Dennis Willhoit of Ottumwa, and Ben Ross of Iowa City, in addition to the Southeast Iowa Symphony Chorus under the direction of Blair Buffington.

Following intermission will be Debussy?s exciting and colorful impressions of Spain in Ibťria from Images pour orchestra and concluding the concert is Ravel?s rousing and intoxicating love story Daphnis et Chloť, Suite No. 2.

The first concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theater in Burlington. Two additional performances will be given at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa and 6:30 p.m. at the Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel Auditorium in Mt. Pleasant. Note the new starting times of the two Sunday concerts.

Admission to the spring concerts in Burlington, Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant is by season ticket or by single tickets, which can be purchased at the door or on the website Adult tickets are $15 and kids/student tickets (aged 0-22) are free. There is no reserved seating.

Make the most of the concert experience by attending the ?Prelude.? McConnell will be on hand 45 minutes before performances in Burlington, Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant to talk about the music with his unique insight and wit. ?Prelude? is supported in part through a grant from the Charles W. Rand Memorial Lecture Fund in Burlington and is offered free of charge to all audience members.

The Burlington Friends of SEISO will host a post-concert reception at the Art Center of Burlington immediately following the Saturday night concert in Burlington. It is open to everyone and donations will be accepted.

For information, contact the SEISO office at 319-385-6352 or email or visit the website