The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra will promote their 2014-15 season with a set of free chamber concerts July 16-17, 2014 in Burlington and Fairfield and a mini noon concert in Washington. The Fairfield concert is 7:30 pm Wednesday evening, July 16 at the Sondheim Center. The mini concert in Washington will begin at 12:15 pm on Thursday July 17 in the Washington Public Library and the Burlington event will be held 7:30 pm that evening at the newly restored 1st United Methodist Church 421 Washington St., Burlington, Iowa.
Guest artist, Margaret Marco, will appear as soloist with eight musicians from the SEISO. Margaret, a native of Joliet Illinois, is Professor of Oboe at the University of Kansas.
The 12:15 Washington concert will feature Dr. Marco on oboe along with Margaret Runaas on keyboard. The evening programs will also feature woodwind specialist IWC Professor Jason Edwards performing on oboe, flute and soloing on bassoon in a jazz version of Amazing Grace.
“These programs have tremendous variety,” said Robert McConnell, who will both conduct and perform on oboe. “We will present some standard baroque works of Bach and Handel, a Chopin piano solo featuring IWC Professor of Piano Margaret Runas, an Irish jig, music from the movies Shrek and Twilight and more. It’s really fun to have so much variety.”
“In addition to previewing our season, these concerts are a great opportunity for people to relax and get out and enjoy the cultural talent of our area” said McConnell.
Audience members will have an opportunity to make a free-will donation which will benefit the orchestra.