SEI Orchestra Presents Powerful Winter Concert Series

Written by on February 6, 2013 in News

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Robert McConnell, will continue its 62nd season with a powerful and exciting winter concert series with a guest appearance by SEISO’s Young Artist violinist Sarah McConnell. In addition, there will be rich performances of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in c minor, Overture to Anacreon by Cherubini and the beloved Canon in D by Pachelbel. The first concert will be held Saturday, February 16, 7:30 PM St. John Auditorium (Indian Hills Community College) in Ottumwa. Two additional performances will be given Sunday, February 17, 2013 3:00 PM in the Capitol Theater in Burlington and 7:30 PM in the Chapel Auditorium at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant. The SEISO Winter Concert Series is sponsored through the generosity of the Burlington Hawk Eye and KYOU Fox 15 TV.

SEISO is proud to present violinist Sarah McConnell as 1st place winner of the Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist Competition. A 16 year old high school junior, she is the daughter of Bob McConnell and Julie Peshkin. Sarah began studying violin with her cousin Gwen Ying using the Suzuki method when she was 2 months shy of her 3rd birthday. She grew up playing at weddings, funerals and parties with her dad, mom and sister Jesse from the age of 5. Sarah later studied at the Preucil School in Iowa City with Linda Judish. She has also studied with SEISO’s concertmaster Charlene King and Joe Kaminsky in St Louis. Her current teacher Mike Chen is a former member of the St. Louis Symphony and currently plays with the Indianapolis Symphony. Sarah participated in SEISO youth string festivals starting in grade school and has played in the violin section for many SEISO concerts. She grew up knowing many of the musicians who will accompany her for the concerts. She has been admitted to the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra the past 2 summers. Marrowstone is the summer home of the Seattle Youth Symphony and the students practice about 8 hours each day preparing orchestral and chamber literature. As an 8th grader Sarah served as Co-Principal Violin of the All Suburban Middle School orchestra in the St. Louis area. Sarah will perform the first movement of Bruch’s Concerto for Violin No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26.

Admission to the winter concert series in Burlington, Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant is by season ticket or at the door. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free of charge. There is no reserved seating.

Make the most of your concert experience by attending the ‘Prelude.’ 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 young artist.
If you have questions, please contact the SEISO Office at 601 North Main, Mt. Pleasant 52641, call 319-385-6352 or send E-mail messages to

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