‘Dance Suites and Duos for Cello and Piano’ to be Featured at Feb. 12 Recital

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 28, 2006 –The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music will present a recital of music for cello and piano at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12,  in the historic Old St. Vincent’s Church in downtown Cape Girardeau.

Department of Music faculty members Sara Edgerton, cello, and Paul Thompson, piano, will be the featured artists on this concert.  The program is entitled “Dance Suites and Duos for Cello and Piano,” and will include solo works for the cello as well as duo works for cello and piano.

The concert will open with selections from “Bach’s Suite in D minor for Solo Cello.”  This suite is one of six suites for solo cello written by the great Baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.  These suites include some of the most moving, expressive, and beautifully crafted music ever composed for cello.  Next on the program, Edgerton will be joined by her husband, Thompson on piano, to perform several lyrical works by the British composer, Frank Bridge.

The second half of the program will begin with a late Romantic work for solo cello, Max Reger’s “Suite for Solo Cello in D Minor.”  Inspired by “Bach’s Suite in D Minor,” the Reger Suite explores and extends the emotional range and tessitura of the cello, while retaining some of the light-hearted Baroque dance character of Bach’s Suite.  The program will conclude with another Duo for Cello and Piano, the lively Gavotte by the famous Hungarian cellist, David Popper.

Edgerton is professor of cello and string bass and director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra at Southeast Missouri State University.  Thompson is instructor of flute at Southeast Missouri State University.  This concert is open to the public; tickets are now on sale by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.  Tickets for the concert will also be available at the door on the afternoon of the concert.