Guitar Ensemble to Perform Public Concert Dec. 8

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 21, 2003 –The Southeast Guitar Ensemble will present a concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Lutheran Chapel on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The Chapel is located at 903 College Hill.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature works arranged for five guitars by J.S. Bach, Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky. These pieces include Bach’s “Sinfonia” from his Cantata 18 and Ravel’s “Empress of the Pagodas.”

In addition to these large ensemble pieces, members of the Southeast Guitar Ensemble will join with other music students to present works for flute and guitar, voice and guitar, and string quartet with guitar.  These student ensembles will perform selections from Benjamin Britten’s “Folk Songs” for soprano and guitar as well as a movement from Astor Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango” for flute and guitar.  The concert will conclude with Luigi Boccherini’s exciting “Fandango” for string quartet and guitar.

The Southeast Guitar Ensemble is directed by Jeffrey Noonan, who directs the classical guitar program at Southeast Missouri State University.  All players in the ensemble are performance majors in the University’s Department of Music.  Members of the ensemble are Gabriel Deutsch of Jefferson City, Mo., Akira Kanzawa of Cape Girardeau, Patrick Rafferty of Jackson, Mo., and Kensuke Suzuki of Japan. For further information about this concert or the Southeast Guitar Ensemble contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141 or Jeffrey Noonan at (573) 651-2706 or jjnoonan@semo.edu.