Southeast Iowa Orchestra ends season in Ottumwa

Members of the Southeast Iowa Symphony practice ahead of their concert Sunday afternoon/ KTVO-Louis Finley

The Southeast Iowa Orchestra concluded its spring concert series in Ottumwa at Indian Hills Community College on Sunday.

Old and new collided as the orchestra performed music from early 1900's composers Josef Suk and Igor Stravinsky, as well as new music from their featured resident composer Robert Tindle, 20.

Entitled "The Bells," Tindle's composition is inspired by a stanza in Edgar Allen Poe's poem of the same name.

Tindle's time as featured composer almost did not happen.

"They had another artist lined up, and that fell through. [They] called me to let me know that was not going to work out, so I said, "Hey, what about me."
"I figured I would throw my name in the mix and [they] liked the idea."

While some 20-year-olds are figuring out what to do with their lives, Tindle has composed music for the past seven years.

"I had this music that floats around in my head for six months while I'm writing the piece, and now I actually get to hear a live orchestra realizing those sounds."

The symphony will perform early next month in Fairfield.

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