20 years of music...

The Greater Ottumwa Vocal Arts Project choristers will join the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra for its first concert of the season this fall in Ottumwa.

OTTUMWA — It’s time to tune up your ears and get a season ticket for the 20th anniversary of Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, the city’s homegrown virtuosos, and the special guests they have throughout the concert years.

The children’s choruses of Greater Ottumwa Vocal Arts Project will join Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra for the orchestra’s fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the St. John Auditorium, Indian Hills, 525 Grandview Ave.

GOVAP Director Margaret Clair will guide the choruses through their vocal performance and Maestro Tony Chang will conduct the orchestra.

The evening will close with the orchestra’s presentation of Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony."

Preceding the concert will be a dinner prepared by the Indian Hills Community College Culinary Arts Department. Dinner reservations for this symphony fundraiser may be purchased through Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 173, Ottumwa, Iowa, 52501. More information about this event will appear in the Courier during September.

Next spring flutist Melanie Williams will share the spotlight with the orchestra. They will perform Mozart’s “Serenade No. 6 in D” and “Serenade for Strings” by Tschaikovsky.

The orchestra's spring concert will be Saturday, May 12th, 2007, and is a celebration extravaganza, with a performance of Beethoven's magnificent “Symphony No. 9.”

Joining the orchestra will be community choruses from Ottumwa, Bloomfield, Oskaloosa, Albia and Fairfield. This concert will be performed at Ottumwa's Bridge View Center.

The orchestra performs under the baton of Tony Chang, who has conducted the orchestra with great mastery for 20 years. Chang himself is a gifted violinist.

Anyone wishing to purchase membership tickets or make donations, may send a check, along with name and address, to The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 173, Ottumwa, IA 52501. Season family memberships are $40 for the three regular concerts, and individual season tickets are $25.

Donations are very much appreciated, and go directly to support the orchestra's educational and on-going projects.

In addition to the regular season, the orchestra will hold its annual Christmas Ball on December 9, 2006, providing a magical evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing, with music provided by the orchestra.

In June 2007 (date to be announced), the orchestra will hold its annual Music On The Green, a free, outdoor pops concert.

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