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2nd Annual Concert For A Cause at the Bridge View Center

By Ellis Codjoe, February 13, 2018

OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa Chapter of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra is proud to
announce the recipients of the 2nd Annual Concert for a Cause: the
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Music Boosters, the Fairfield Music Boosters, and the Ottumwa
Community School District Orchestra Program. In addition to private donations collected at the
concert, the Southeast Iowa Symphony will donate 75% of all door ticket sales at the February
17th concert to these local music programs. Last year, the event raised over $1,700 for the
Ottumwa YMCA.

“Music education is a cornerstone of our organization and mission. Following the success of last
year’s event, we wanted to explore donating to music education. By supporting our local music
programs, we’re helping those on the front lines of keeping music alive in our communities: our
teachers, their programs, and the booster organizations that are essential to their success”, said
Steve Campbell, President of the Ottumwa Chapter of SEISO.

The event begins at 6:30 PM on February 17th at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa with a
pre-concert social; free food and a cash bar will be available. Symphony Director Robert
McConnell will give a pre-concert lecture along with student musical performances in the lobby
from the featured music programs. The concert begins at 7:30 PM.

“This concert features Keoni Bolding, our 2018 guest artist in residence and our young artist
competition winner, Vidya Mullangi, a high school student from Burlington” said Dezirae
Fairchild, a music director at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and musician with the SEISO.
“This will be a great opportunity for our students to experience a high quality performance and
show them what is possible for young musicians around their age, in addition to helping raise
funds for our programs.” As part of the guest artist program, Keoni Bolding will tour and
perform for music students across the region over the next two weeks; he will perform at schools
in the Ottumwa School District on February 5-7.

The event is sponsored by South Ottumwa Savings Bank. Tickets are $15 for adults and free to
all children and students and can be purchased online at or at the door.

“Our local music programs thrive because of the hard work and dedication of the directors,
booster volunteers, and parents. It is an honor to help those who impact so many young lives
with music.” said Steve. “We hope everyone will consider purchasing a ticket to this year’s
concert and join us to celebrate and support music education in our area.”

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