Dordt College News

NISO presents Winter Pops Concert: I Love A Piano

January 9, 2014

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its popular WINTER POPS CONCERT: I LOVE A PIANO on Saturday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Pianist Rich Ridenour joins NISO as he pays tribute to pianists of all genres: classical, jazz, and rock. He’ll serve it all up with a pinch of Victor Borge humor and a grand Steinway.

NISO’s Celebrity Conductor Contest will be held in conjunction with concert. Prominent local individuals have been invited to compete by soliciting support from family and friends. Each dollar donated to NISO will constitute one vote, with results tabulated during intermission. The winner, with attire and baton of choice, will then have the distinct and well-earned privilege of conducting the orchestra in a special selection. Candidates who are vying for the honor are John Heller, Orange City; Scott Rens, Hull and Sioux Center; Ron Rynders, Sioux Center; and Peter Wagner, Sheldon and Sibley.

Advance tickets are available at the following retailers: True Vine Bookstore in Sioux Center, Dove Christian Bookstore in Orange City, Contents in Sheldon, and Something Special in Rock Valley. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the concert. For more information, contact the NISO office at (712) 722-6230 or

The Northwest Iowa symphony Orchestra is comprised of 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. Six of the high school students in NISO receive scholarships to continue their private lessons. NISO present three concerts per season in addition to the annual Concert for Children for 900 area fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students.

NISO/NISYO (Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra) is made possible by the generous support of Dordt College, Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council, the Friends of the Symphony, and individual patrons and business establishments.

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