Dordt College News

NISO Winter Pops Concert to be held January 30

January 27, 2010

NisoThe Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT on Saturday, January 30 at 7:30 PM in BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Guest conductor Jungho Kim will lead the orchestra in performing some popular Beatles pieces, as well as jazz works by Mangione, Ellington, and Gillespie. NISO will be joined on these jazz pieces by guest artist Chris Vadala, alto saxophonist. Also performing on this concert, both individually and with Chris Vadala, 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.

One of the country's foremost woodwind artists, Chris Vadala is in demand as a jazz/classical performer and educator. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings to date, as well as innumerable jingle sessions, film and TV scores, performing on all the saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. Mr. Vadala's performing career has been highlighted by a long tenure as standout woodwind artist with the internationally recognized Chuck Mangione Quartet, which included performances in all 50 states, and around the world. In addition, he has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, and many others.

NISO comprises the finest musicians in the tri-state area. Teaching principals are of a professional caliber 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 high schools and colleges. Several 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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