Faculty Members to Perform “Beethoven, Brahms, and Bloch” Cello and Piano Recital

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 25, 2007 — Southeast Missouri State University faculty members Sara Edgerton and Matt Yount will present a program of music for cello and piano by three great composers of the 19th and 20th centuries: Beethoven, Brahms and Ernest Bloch at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7.  The concert will take place in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The program will open with a set of variations by Beethoven on the famous “Judas Maccabeus” theme by Handel.  Beethoven’s composition dates from 1796 and is an eloquent representative of Beethoven’s brilliant Early Period works.  Next on the program will be the Suite No. 1 by Swiss-born composer, Ernest Bloch.  Born in 1880, Bloch immigrated in 1917 to the United States where he had a very successful career as a composer and teacher.  He was for many years the director of the Cleveland Institute of Music.  His compositions show the influence of his Jewish heritage and are noted for their lyricism and expressiveness.  The Suite No. 1, composed in 1956, was a relatively late work for Bloch, who passed away in 1959.  It is dedicated to the great American cellist, Zara Nelsova.

The concert will conclude with one of the notable chamber music compositions of the Romantic era: Johannes Brahms’ Second Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 99.  This late, great work by the German Romantic composer is symphonic in scope.  Its second movement is a testament to Romantic lyricism; its third movement is an exciting scherzo; and the two outer movements are dramatically charged and full of energy and emotion.

Dr. Edgerton is professor of cello and string bass and artistic director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in England, and has also given concerts in China.  Matt Yount is instructor of music at Southeast, where he serves as collaborative pianist and also teaches Jazz Appreciation and Music Appreciation.  Yount is frequently featured in departmental concerts and recitals, accompanying faculty programs as well as degree recitals for juniors, seniors and graduate students. His collaborations with visiting artists for master classes, festivals, and recitals have featured performing artists from across the United States and abroad.

For “Beethoven, Brahms, and Bloch” tickets, call the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or go online to metrotix.com, keyword “Edgerton”.