Faculty Cello Recital to Feature Late Romantic, Early 20th Century Music

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 26, 2010 — The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music will present a Faculty Artist Recital Sept. 12 featuring Sara Edgerton, cello, Matt Yount, piano, and other special guest artists, in a program of late Romantic and early twentieth century music.

The recital will take place at 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The concert will open with “Partita” by the notable 20th century Spanish cellist and composer, Gaspar Cassado. Cassado was a cello student of the famous Pablo Casals, and he also studied composition with important composers Manuel de Falla and Maurice Ravel. His “Partita” is a multi-movement work that draws upon the Baroque dance suite, with impressionistic and late Romantic features.

Next on the program will be the “Suite Populaire Espagnole” by the great Spanish composer, Manuel de Falla. Written in 1914 as a set of folk songs for soprano and piano, it was immediately arranged by the composer as a set of dances for violin and piano. Cellist Maurice Marechal later arranged these dances for cello and piano. Spanish melodies and rhythms permeate this attractive, colorful work by de Falla. The first half of the program will close with the beautiful, atmospheric “Sonata for Cello and Piano” by the French composer, Claude Debussy. Dedicated to Debussy’s young daughter, this composition is one of the last works by Debussy, and is one of the most significant works for cello and piano.

On the second half of the concert, Sara Edgerton, Southeast professor of music, will be joined by special guests Michael Barta and Kathy Gardner, violins, and Patty Story, viola, in a performance of the great “’American’ String Quartet” by Antonin Dvorak. Dvorak wrote the “‘American’ String Quartet” during the summer of 1893, which he spent in Spillville, Iowa. It was also during this period that he worked on his final great symphony, “From the New World.” Both compositions share the ebullient rhythms and energy of Dvorak’s native Czechoslovakia, with haunting tunes inspired by Native American melodies and African American spirituals. Dvorak’s “’American’ String Quartet” is amongst the most beloved and frequently performed of all string quartets.

Special guest artists will include Michael Barta, Kathy Gardner and Patty Story, who are all esteemed performing artists in this region. Barta is professor of violin at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and has performed in many of the most prestigious music centers in the world. He was a prize-winner in a number of international violin competitions and was a finalist in the Tchaikovsky Competition. Gardner is the concertmaster of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and has also held orchestral positions with the Nashville Symphony as well as teaching positions at Vanderbilt University. Story is principal violist of the Paducah Symphony and has also held orchestral positions with the Louisville Symphony.

Tickets

Tickets may be purchased at 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 also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at MetroTix.com, keyword “Edgerton,” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.