This weekend the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its 67th season Winter Concert, "Amor," with music from Saint-Saëns, Salieri, Bruch, Sibelius, and Rimsky-Korsakov.
The concert series includes Ottumwa Saturday and Burlington and Mount Pleasant Sunday.
SEISO's Visiting Guest Artist, violinist-violist Keoni Bolding, is only 20 years old, yet he's already established himself as a superb soloist in the U.S. and Europe.
Bolding has already performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. and was a featured young artist at the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy. He also performed at the U.S. Capitol as a chamber musician and was invited to return to the Dali Quartet International Music Festival in 2016.
Bolding is an ardent orchestral musician and a former member of the World Youth Symphony and The National Honor Ensemble.
His awards include the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Distinguished Service award, the Interlochen Fine Arts award, the Blackwood Scholarship, the Emerson Scholarship, and the Aspen Fellowship.
Bolding curates a summer concert series with his piano trio in his home in Pennsylvania.
In a less dramatic vein, Bolding is a junior at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. When not at school, he enjoys helping his parents and younger brother with their family farm near Philadelphia.
The concert begins with Burlington's Vidya Mullangi, SEISO's 2018 Young Artist Competition winner, performing Salieri's "26 Variations on 'La Folia di Spagna'," bringing a bit of Spanish warmth to Iowa's chilly winter.
Mullangi first won the Young Artist award in 2016, the same year she performed at Carnegie Hall.
Bolding will follow Mullangi with the first movement of Sibelius' "Violin Concerto" and the third movement of Bruch's "Concerto for Clarinet and Viola."
The concert closes with Rimsky-Korsakov's legendary "Capriccio Espagnol."
Performances are Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa; Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Capitol Theater in Burlington; Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel Auditorium in Mount Pleasant. The Sunday starting times are new for SEISO.
Admission is free for students; adults are $15 without a season ticket. To purchase tickets and for more information go to www.seiso.us or email email@example.com or call 319.385.6352.
Bolding has been making personal appearances at area schools this week; Thursday he will play, speak and answer questions about music, performing and careers in music at West Burlington High School at 8:30 a.m. He will also perform for the Kiwanis noon meeting at the Comfort Inn and Suites.