Chamber Orchestra to Present Mark Sparks in Nov. 16 President’s Concert

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 7, 2003 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present its second subscription series concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in Old St. Vincent’s Church.

The concert, which is being supported by Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, will feature the principal flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mark Sparks, in a “Mostly Mozart” chamber orchestra concert. Also featured on the program will be Southeast faculty member, soprano Lori Shaffer. Southeast faculty member, Sara Edgerton, will conduct the concert.

This concert will feature a selection of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and will explore some of the many magical, exquisite works by this composer of rare genius. Mozart, a child prodigy, was celebrated by kings, the nobility and common people in his own lifetime for his dramatic operas, concertos, symphonies and religious works. His reputation and importance as a composer has remained central to the Western Art culture. His music has inspired composers, performers and audiences in every generation. Considered the master of melody and of drama, Mozart wrote music that is perfect in its balance, clarity and expression.

The program includes such perennial favorites as Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Strings” and his ethereal “Andante in C Major” for flute and orchestra. Shaffer will join the orchestra in a performance of the masterpiece for soprano and orchestra, Mozart’s “Exsultate Jubilate.” In addition to the works by Mozart, the program also will include a look back at the Baroque era, with the performance of a flute concerto by the Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi.

Sparks, who will be featured during the concert, was appointed principal flutist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in September 2000. He has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York, at festivals such as Aspen and Sarasota, and with the New York, Detroit and Baltimore symphony orchestras. He has presented master classes at major universities and conservatories, and is a former full-time faculty member of the Peabody Institute. Sparks recently was featured in Windplayer Magazine as one of the nation’s top 10 flutists.

Tickets for the concert are now available and may be obtained by contacting the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265. Tickets also will be available at the door.