CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 8, 2012 — Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will open the recital season for the fall semester with brass professors Marc Fulgham (trumpet) and Robert Conger (trombone) who will be joined by Matt Yount on piano at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall located in the Seminary Building at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus.
The soloists will present two sonatas for brass by the well-known German composer Paul Hindemith to begin the evening. These works by Hindemith include very powerful piano parts which equal the intensity brought about by the brass instruments. To hear both of these works on the same program is unusual, notes Marc Fulgham, professor of trumpet, “Each sonata is an intense listening experience filled with the angst of Hindemith.”
On the second half of the recital, however, the listener will get a completely different listening experience with all three very diverse works written for trumpet, trombone and piano. Eric Ewazen’s “Elizabethan Suite” arranges four period melodies from the Renaissance period in England. This is a lovely collection which utilizes the lyrical possibilities inherent in the brass instrument. Jan Koestsier composed his brass trio (“Grand Trio”) in 1988, but it includes harmonies more akin to the Romantic period in music. Finally, the recital concludes with a rhapsodic work by Joseph Turrin entitled, “Fandango.” This is a fun work written for the principal trumpet and trombone players in the New York Philharmonic.
Tickets 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 RiverCampusEvents.com.