Dordt College News

NISO Orchestra, NC/DC Jazz Bands, Stonebacks Feb. 7

February 4, 2009


The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO) will present its popular Winter Pops Concert on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center.

Guest conductor John Thomson will lead the orchestra in performing works by Arriaga, Falla, Gimenez, and more.

Joining NISO will be the Stoneback Sisters and the Stoneback Brass, which includes family members Ron, Margie, and triplet daughters Mary, Kristin, and Sarah Stoneback.

Also performing in this concert, both individually and with the Stoneback Brass, will be the jazz bands from Northwestern College and Dordt College.

Tickets may be ordered through e-mail at or by calling 712-722-6230. They may also be purchased at the door the night of the concert.

Since 1992, Stoneback Brass has performed more than 1,000 concerts and functions throughout the United States and Europe in churches, schools, and communities. From the fall of 2001 to the spring of 2003, Stoneback Brass served as Artist in Residence at Southwestern College in Phoenix, Arizona. In that capacity, they were charged with overseeing the development of the college’s newly formed instrumental music program.

The Stoneback Sisters are identical triplets who at the age of 10 began their academic and professional career as a trio and individual trumpeters. They are graduates of the highly esteemed Interlochen Academy for the Arts at Interlochen, Michigan, and studied four years at Arizona State University with world-renowned trumpeter, Mr. David Hickman. As a trio, they have performed on stage with world greats such as Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti, the St. Louis Symphony, the Air Force Band of the West, and many others.

As a trio, the Stoneback Sisters have been awarded sole performance rights to the music library of legendary Hollywood trumpeter, Rafael Méndez, and perform this music with bands and orchestras. The Méndez Library is located on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, and the Stoneback Sisters consider it an honor to bring this legendary music to life for bands, orchestras and audiences everywhere.

NISO is comprised of the finest musicians in the tri-state area. Teaching principals are professionals and function as first chair players and teachers in sectional rehearsals. The orchestra membership includes adults of all ages as well as gifted music students from area junior high schools, high schools, and colleges. Several junior high and high school students receive scholarships to continue their private lessons.

NISO is supported by the Iowa Arts Council, the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council, the Friends of the Symphony, and individual patrons and business establishments.

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