Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
Clear Creek Church
30832 – 242nd Street, Harper, Iowa 52231/319-461-3560
On Sunday, Dec. 4th at the Clear Creek Church, the SE Iowa Symphony Orchestra Concert will take place, offering beautiful music in the historic setting of the magnificent Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
The super-skilled chamber ensemble will be Conducted by Robert McConnell, Director of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra (SEISO), and include players from SEISO, as well as Iowa Wesleyan College and the community at large. Their exciting program features classical selections (Bach and other Baroque) and folk tune settings, including a dazzling Double-oboe concerto and an audience sing-along of a traditional Favorite. Conductor McConnell will provide lively commentary, and-close-up “introductions” to the various string and wind instruments.
The concert will be both outstanding in virtuosity, and welcoming to families and friends. The concert-sponsors see this as in keeping with the skills and optimism of their forebears, who founded and built the productive farming community and handsome church over the past 150+ years.
In the early 1850s, a group of Catholic German families arrived in the area. Over the decades, church, school and rectory buildings were constructed. In 1898, the present grand edifice was built. The Clear Creek Heritage Association conserves the church, as part of the history of Clear Creek Township, Iowa and the nation.
Visitors will be inspired to see its many lovingly preserved features, including fine stained-glass windows–with German script, and carved wood statuary and altar. “We intend to provide concerts for the support and enjoyment of culture as a living legacy of the past, and commitment to the future,” say the sponsors from the Clear Creek Heritage Association. whose forebears date back to the original church members who helped build the original church.
Sponsors stressed that the concert welcomes students, retirees and parts of the community to attend.
Robert McConnell has been Music Director of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra for over 25 years. The SEISO was founded in 1950 by instrumentalists and music-backers in Southeast Iowa, who wanted an active, cultural institution based in their own community. SEISO soon became one of the foremost orchestras in the state.
The Dec. 4th concert is admission free; all are invited to the reception at the church’s social hall afterward. Free-will donations are welcome.