The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra (SEISO) will host the largest performing ensemble the group has ever brought to stage in their final Masterworks Series concerts this season, Spring Footprints, on April 22nd at 7:30 PM at Burlington’s Capitol Theater and April 23rd at 2:00 PM at Ottumwa’s Bridge View Center and 6:30 PM at Iowa Wesleyan’s Chapel Auditorium in Mt. Pleasant. This concert features Stravinky’s mas terpiece The Rite ofSpring and SEISO Artist-in-Residence, violist Dominique Archambeau. SEISO is setting a goal of 1200 audience members over the weekend…so much so that the orchestra is offeringone $1200 giveaway to a lucky concert goer. Details will be given at the concerts. Igor Stravinksy’s controversial masterwork The Rite of Spring is the centerpiece of this concert and is not to be missed. SEISO Artist-in-Residence, violist Dominique Archambeau, will perform Cecil Forsyth’s Viola Concerto in G Minor. SEISO Conducting Fellow, Jilly Cooke, will conduct J. S. Bach’s beautiful “Air” which is dedicated to SEISO’s longtime principal cellist Donna Nelson who recently passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. The program will open with Lili Boulanger’s colorful Of a Spring Morning. “I’m thrilled with the variety of this program and I think anyone that comes is really going to enjoy it. We combine some well-known composers and works with some that will be unfamiliar,” said Robert McConnell, Music Director of the SEISO. “The Stravinsky is particularly visceral and memorable and our Resident Artist Dominique is a fantastic musician that brings the Forsyth to life. I think many people are surprised at how easy it
is to enjoy our concerts and how different they are from what they expected.”The Ottumwa concert is the annual Ruth P. Seim Memorial Concert for a Cause featuring the Ottumwa Area Community Chorus and OACC Children’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Christine Bergan. The two groups will be singing at intermission of the Ottumwa concert and a portion of the proceeds from the door sales
will go to support the Ottumwa Area Community Chorus. Tickets to the Masterworks Series concerts in Burlington, Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant may be purchased at the door or on our website Adult tickets are $20. Children/student tickets (aged 0-22) are free. 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 each performance to talk about the programmed music in depth. ‘Prelude’ is supported through a grant from the Charles W. Rand Memorial Lecture Fund in Burlington and is offered free of charge to all audience members. If you have questions, please contact the SEISO Office at More information is available on the SEISO web site at