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The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Eye on the Arts column

July 13, 2014

By Craig Neises, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa

July 13--A touring city band from Minnesota will join the Burlington Municipal Band in concert today at the Crapo Park band shell.

The Roseville Community Band, from suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a three-city tour down the Mississippi River. Today's tour stop is smack between concerts Saturday in Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Monday in Hannibal, Mo.

The two-bands-for-the-still-free-price-of-one performance is set for 7:30 p.m.

Burlington's band, under the direction of trumpet section player Ron Coberly, the New London High School band director, will defer to its guest. The Roseville musicians will open the evening, then the Burlington group will take its turn. Both bands will combine for a concert-closing rendition of "Stars and Stripes Forever."

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move to the Capitol Theater, 211 N. Third St. Visit or tune in to KBUR 1490-AM for announcements. A tape-delayed performance of the concert will be on KBUR at 9 p.m.


SEISO sets chamber concerts

Last weekend's rainout of the Symphonic Blast concert by the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra must have been a disappointment to many.

Not to me. I was in Minnesota and would have missed it. So, speaking strictly for myself, I'm perfectly content to see the concert being rescheduled for Aug. 16.

As for others who have been jonesing for live entertainment of the symphonic variety, SEISO is back this week with a pair of free chamber concerts in Fairfield and Burlington.

Eight regulars from the symphony will join guest oboist Margaret Marco, a professor of oboe at the University of Kansas, in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sondheim Center in Fairfield, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Burlington.

Both evening concerts also will include Iowa Wesleyan College professor of music Jason Edwards performing on oboe, flute and bassoon.

A mini concert is set for 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the Washington Public Library in Washington, Iowa. That concert will feature Marco, plus IWC music professor Margaret Runas on keyboard.

"These programs have tremendous variety," Robert McConnell, who will both conduct and perform on oboe, said in a press release announcing the concerts.

Selections will include Bach and Handel, a Chopin piano solo by Runas in Washington, a bassoon solo by Edwards on a jazzed-up version of "Amazing Grace," an Irish jig and movie music from "Shrek" and "Twilight," among other selections.

"In addition to previewing our season, these concerts are a great opportunity for people to relax and get out and enjoy the cultural talent of our area," McConnell said in the SEISO press release.

Though the concerts are free, donations to benefit the orchestra will be accepted.


A Spider in the Bart

Chicago-based jazz vocalist Spider Saloff will bring what is described as "a clean, uncomplicated, straightforward" approach to music to her two-night engagement this week in the Bart Howard Room of the Des Moines County Heritage Center.

Saloff will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25 and available at the Heritage Center.

According to the Des Moines County Historical Society, Saloff recently was featured in a Chicago Jazz Orchestra tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. She has played in venues including New York'sJazz at Lincoln Center and the Russian Tea Room. She is a five-time award winner, including one for best female jazz vocalist, from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets, and has been feted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which presents the Grammy Awards.

Fort Madison, Keokuk art centers have July shows

The gallery at the Fort Madison Area Arts Association and the Keokuk Art Center both are hosting new exhibits for July by a pair of local artists.

In Fort Madison, it is writer, photographer and sculptor Curt Swarm whose work is being exhibited in the 825 Avenue G art space.

Swarm, of Mount Pleasant, is a freelance columnist whose writing appears in 20 Iowa newspapers. His works of metal sculpture are on display through the month. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Quincy, Ill. photographer Jewel Gwaltney has her works on display in the Round Room Gallery, 210 N. Fifth St., in Keokuk. The art center shares a home with the Keokuk Public Library. The gallery is open daily except Sunday.


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