SEISO Announces Winter Concert Series and Benefit Concert

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the set list for their upcoming winter concert “Fantastique”. The concert will present the 2019 Young Artist Competition Winner, John Flannery, a junior from Washington, Iowa. He will be performing the first movement of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. Regarded as one of the greatest symphonies from the romantic era, Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” is a vivid and dramatic look at life and death. To complete the set, the orchestra will perform a new work by Robert Tindle, featuring the 2019 Guest Artist in Residence, trumpeter and member of the Dallas Brass, Buddy Deshler.


"It is my distinct honor to serve as the 2019 Guest Artist in Residence for the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra. This role combines all of my favorite things about being a professional musician; travel, collaborating with talented and passionate musicians, teaching music in the schools, and connecting with audiences and communities through our art. I look forward to the many musical memories and relationships this residency will foster!”

Buddy Deshler, Dallas Brass



Buddy will be performing in local schools across Southeast Iowa between January 28th - Feb 7, as well as performing with the orchestra. Each year, the Artist in Residence program reaches more than 1,100 students. Robert McConnell, director of the orchestra, said “the opportunity to have Buddy perform for area students is incredible. To hear him play is the kind of thing that could get a student excited about pursuing music. There’s nothing more valuable than that.”

School Tour Dates

January 28 - 30 | Ottumwa Area Schools
January 31, February 1, 4 | Mt. Pleasant Area Schools
February 5 - 7 | Burlington Area Schools

For more information or interview opportunities, please contact Jeffrey Phillips, 319-385-6352 //

The orchestra will also present the 3rd annual Ruth P. Seim Memorial Concert for a Cause, hosted in Ottumwa, on February 9th. Seventy-five percent of all ticket sales at the Ottumwa concert will be donated to local music programs. This year’s recipients have been named as the Evans Middle School music program and the Pekin Community School music program. Refreshments will be served, along with performances by students from the recipient music programs in the lobby.

This concert is part of the Master Works program and is included with the purchase of a season tickets. Adult tickets are $20, while all children and students can attend free of charge. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, visit or click the buttons below.