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Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra Announces New Season

By Press Release, September 12, 2017

(File Photo) The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors takes great pride in announcing the concerts and events planned for the symphony’s 2017-2018 season.

Cinema Saturday” will kick-off the orchestra’s 31st season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Indian Hills Community College’s St. John Auditorium. Under the direction of Conductor Dr. William LaRue Jones, the symphony will perform music from Academy Award-winning movies. The selections will include a variety of Hollywood’s most loved cinematic masterpieces, from Casablanca to Frozen.

The evening will begin with wine and appetizers in the Indian Hills Art Gallery at 5:30 as Steven O. Scott unveils his “Love Affair with Art” exhibit. Then, IHCC’s Culinary Arts students will prepare and serve dinner at 6:15 p.m. in the college’s Dining Room. Reservations are required for dinner and can be made by calling Mary Beth Hammer at (641) 777-1691. The cost is $25.00 per person.

Next on the slate will be “Suites & Sweets” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, in the Indian Hills Dining Room. Jones will lead the orchestra through some of the most beautiful string orchestral music ever written. The performance’s featured soloist will be cellist Henry Weberpal, Ottumwa High School orchestra director and instructor of strings throughout the school district.

Concert goers will be able to enjoy a variety of delicious delicacies prepared by the Ottumwa Symphony Guild and the IHCC Culinary Arts Department.

“From Russia with Love” is the theme of the symphony’s third and final concert of the year at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the Bridge View Center. Under Jones’ direction, the musicians will perform music by Tchaikovsky, Ippolitor-Ivanov, Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin.

Ksenia Nosikova, University of Iowa Professor of Piano, will be the concert’s featured soloist. She will be performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto #2. A pre-concert dinner will be prepared by the chef at Bridge View Center and reservations are required. More details will be announced as the concert date draws near.


In addition to the three concerts, the Ottumwa Symphony Guild will hold its annual Christmas Ball on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Bridge View Center. The gala will be centered on a theme of “The Silver Screen.”

Conductor David Sharp will lead the symphony at its “Music on the Green” concert on Sunday, June 10, at the Marge Dodd Outdoor stage on the campus of Indian Hills. The concert is free, the symphony board’s gift to the city of Ottumwa, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Another OSO event during the 2017-18 season will be the popular “25 Men Who Can Cook” from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Bridge View Center.

Divas who Dish,” will feature fabulous food prepared by some of the top female chefs in the Ottumwa area on Saturday, July 14. The evening will also include silent and live auctions, wine pull and Heads and Tails game.

Admission to Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra concerts is by season ticket. Season tickets are $70 for families and $35 for a single and can be purchased by sending payment to: Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 173, Ottumwa IA 52501. Students are admitted free with an ID. Single admission tickets may be purchased at the door for $14 per concert.

Persons can also support the orchestra by contributing in one of four donor categories: Bronze, $100-$499; Silver, $500-$999; Gold, $1,000-$2,499; and Platinum, $2,500 and above.

The OSO Board is committed to providing concerts and programs that appeal to a wide audience. In addition, the board is always anxious to add local players to the orchestra and invites any interested musicians to contact Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra Manager Patty Babb at (641) 799-2693 for further details.

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