‘A Song of Joys,’ Other Musical Inspirations for Cello and Piano to be Performed at Oct. 22 Concert

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 4, 2006 — Sara Edgerton and Matt Yount will present a recital of music for cello and piano, with selections ranging from the Baroque era, to a set of 20th-century pieces inspired by Walt Whitman’s poems at a concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 in Old St. Vincent’s Church in downtown Cape Girardeau. 

The program will open with a short, elegant Sonata by the Italian Baroque composer, Benedetto Marcello. Next on the program will be the rhapsodic “Kol Nidrei,” written by Max Bruch.  This work is based on a prayer sung in Jewish Synagogue services, and is a very eloquent and moving composition.  The first half of the concert will conclude with a recent work by the American composer, Paul Creston, entitled “Three Poems from Walt Whitman.”  Creston bases each of the three movements in this work on a poem by Walt Whitman. The first movement is entitled “Assurances.” The second movement is entitled “Reconciliation.” The third movement  is entitled “A Song of Joys.”  Each movement is a reflection on the poem cited in the composition.

The second half of the concert will feature the beautifully expressive “Sonata for Cello and Piano” by English composer Frank Bridge.  Bridge is a late 19th/early 20th century composer whose music is an eloquent fusion of late Romantic lyricism with modern, jazz-inspired chords.  Bridge’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano” is a masterpiece of melodic and harmonic invention, and is one of the most beloved of compositions for cello and piano. 

This concert is presented by Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music.

Edgerton and Yount are both faculty members at Southeast Missouri State University. Edgerton is professor of cello and string bass and artistic director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra. Yount is instructor of music and is the faculty piano accompanist, giving many collaborative performances each semester for the department.  Tickets for this concert are now on sale. Please contact (573) 651-2265 for more information.