Ottumwa Symphony to bring Master Musicians to Ottumwa

The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra will present “Magic of Music” on Saturday, February 29 in the Indian Hills Dining Room at 7:30 PM.  The program will include The Magic Flute-Overture by Mozart, St. Paul Suite in C Major, OP.26 NO 2 by Holst, That Old Black Magic by Arlen (arranged by David Sharp), and the Five Variants Of “Dives Of Lazarus” by Williams prior to intermission. You won’t want to miss the magical talent of Bill Bowman as he performs with the orchestra and perhaps at your table during intermission.

The enchantment continues after intermission as a trio of internationally known musical artists will be featured when the Symphony performs Concerto for Two Bassoons and Orchestra by Dietter. The artists include Fernando Traba – who has been Principal Bassoon in orchestras in four different countries, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the USA; Traba will be  joined by OSO Music Director/Conductor Dr. William LaRue Jones as the second bassoon.  Dr. Jones was Principal Bassoon of the Minnesota Opera and Minnesota Ballet and was first call with the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for 15 seasons.

Principal Bassoon: Fernando Traba

But the international artistry does not stop there; while Dr. Jones is performing in the Two Bassoon Concerto, the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra will be under the direction of Grammy winner Henry Charles Smith for the “Album of the Year, Classical” in 1969 with the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble.  Smith has played over 2,000 concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra as Principal Trombonist and conducted more than 1,000 concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra.  In addition to conducting orchestras in 12 major cities in the USA, he has also conducted the Calgary Philharmonic and Edmonton Symphony in Canada.

Music Director: Henry Charles Smith

The concert will conclude with Romanian Folk Dances by Bartok. Admission to the concert is by season ticket or $20 at the door; K-12 students and Indian Hills students are admitted free with student I.D.  Tickets are also available on-line; go to the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra homepage and click tickets. For more information contact Maggie Morrissey at (641) 680-0516.

Dr. William LaRue Jones, Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra Music Director & Conductor

The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra presents 5 concerts each year in Ottumwa, including the  Fall Concert, followed by Christmas Ball in December, the Winter Concert in February, the Spring Concert in May, and Music-on-the-Green in June.  The Symphony is pleased and proud to bring world acclaimed talent to perform with our talented and gifted local musicians.