Mark your calendars now for the 2021 Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Pops Concerts –
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 7:30 PM at Ottumwa’s Bridge View Center and Sunday,
September 19, 2021 at 4:00 PM on N. 3rd Street outside Burlington’s Capitol Theater. The
Burlington concert will be held inside the Capitol in the case of inclement weather.
The theme comes from the Beatle’s hit, Come Together, which will be one of the featured works
in a medley of Beatles hits. “These are the first POPS concerts that we have been allowed to
“Come Together” for in two years and we are really looking forward to it” according to SEISO
Music Director Robert McConnell.
In addition to the Beatles, there will be movie music from To Kill a Mockingbird, Back to the
Future and The Magnificent Seven along with a Hooray for Hollywood medley arranged by John
Williams. Several other stunning fanfare works by John Williams will also be featured.
Guest Artists for this year’s concert are Voices Electric, which will present music of The
Carpenters along with their soloist Kelsey Madsen. The Mt. Mercy based show choir is under the
direction of Washington, Iowa native Kent Keating who also arranges for both his group and the
The Pops concert can be enjoyed one of two ways. First, concert and dinner. Second, concert
only. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $50 in Burlington and $55 in Ottumwa. Adult tickets
for the concert only are $20 in both locations. Students and children are free. Concert-only
tickets can be purchased on our website,, or at the door. To make dinner
reservations in Burlington, call Sydney Gerst at 319.759.6915. To make dinner reservations in
Ottumwa, call Christine Bergan at 319.530.7469.
If you have questions, please email the SEISO office at