SEI Orchestra Presents Sensational Spring Concerts

Written by Theresa Rose on March 11, 2015

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Robert McConnell, will conclude its 64th season with powerful and exciting concerts with artist in residence Jessica Fellows. Fellows will perform Dvorak’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra and Saint-Saën’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. The orchestra will complete the concert two powerful pieces, Franck’s Accursed Huntsman and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The first concert will be held Saturday, March 21, 7:30 PM in Burlington’s Capitol Theater. Two additional performances will be given Sunday, March 22, 2015: 3:00 PM in Indian Hills Community College St. John Auditorium in Ottumwa and 7:30 PM in the Iowa Wesleyan College chapel auditorium, Mt. Pleasant. SEISO’s Spring Concerts are sponsored through the generosity of South Ottumwa Savings Bank.

Violinist Jessica Fellows currently attends the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University where she studies with Amy Schwartz Moretti, David Halen, and Robert McDuffie. Jessica started her violin studies at the age of three under the direction of her mother, and went on to begin her professional career in Oklahoma at the age of fourteen as a frequent soloist, and orchestral musician. She quickly won multiple positions in different orchestras throughout the state and the surrounding area, including the Tulsa Symphony, Signature Symphony, and Arkansas Philharmonic. In addition to this, she was also a former member and Assistant Concertmaster of the Bartlesville Symphony from 2009-2011. She has continued to develop her orchestral career outside of the Oklahoma area by winning positions as Principal Second with the Macon Symphony, and more recently, a position as a regular sub with the St. Louis Symphony. Solo accolades include those of being a national finalist in MTNA for the years of 2010, 2011, and 2014, receiving third place in both 2011 and 2014. In addition, Jessica has also made chamber and solo appearances at the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Rome, Italy, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival in Harris Hall.

Admission to the spring concert series in Burlington, Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant is by season ticket or single tickets may be purchased at the door. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10. Children aged 12 and under are free of charge. There is no reserved seating. The performance in Burlington will be followed by a guest artist’s reception in the lobby of the Burlington Apartments (across the street from the theater). The reception, “After Glow,” is a fund raiser for the orchestra, and tickets, which will be available at the door, are $15 each.

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 guest artists Sarah and Rachel Roberts. ‘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 601 North Main, Mt. Pleasant 52641, call 319-385-6352 or send E-mail messages to More information, along with program notes are available on the SEISO web site at