Conger to Open Semester with Trombone Recital

Matt Yount to Provide Accompaniment

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 11, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will open the fall 2010 semester with the trombone recital of Robert Conger Thursday, Aug. 26, at the River Campus.

Conger will be accompanied by Matt Yount on piano.  This performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall located in the Seminary Building at the River Campus.

Conger will showcase the alto and tenor trombones on this performance of three important staples of trombone literature.The entire first half will be performed on alto trombone with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “3rd Horn Concerto” and the “Concerto for Trombone” by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger. Alto trombone is a smaller version of the tenor trombone and is pitched a fourth higher in the key of E flat. Originally written for the horn, the Mozart concerto was composed in 1784 for Mozart’s close friend Joseph Leutgeb, whose name is mentioned in the score many times. Albrechtsberger was the teacher of Beethoven in Vienna and composed his trombone concerto in an early classical style featuring beautiful melodic lines and exquisite expression of the 18th century.

On the tenor trombone, Conger and Yount will perform the “Sonatine” composed by Jacques Castérède. This piece contains very difficult piano writing and a tenuous melodic interplay between the two instruments. Castérède uses interesting harmonies and rhythms which highlight his extremely effective melodic ideas. This piece will be followed by a sonata written by the Polish composer Kazimierz Serocki. Written in 1954, this important work is dominated by a fascination with rhythmic interplay as well as melodic repetition.  To close the recital, Conger will perform a work for recorded synthesizer and trombone by New York composer/trombonist Michael Davis entitled “Mission Red.”



May be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at, keyword “Conger” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.