‘Many Moods of Christmas’ Symphony Orchestra, Choral Concert to be Performed Nov. 28

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The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will join with the Southeast Missouri State University Choral Union and University Choir in the popular annual holiday collaborative concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Academic Auditorium.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 15, 2006 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will join with the Southeast Missouri State University Choral Union and University Choir in the popular annual holiday collaborative concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Academic Auditorium.

Featured on this concert will be the Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett arrangement of Christmas Carols, the “Many Moods of Christmas.”  Additional festive orchestral and choral works also will be presented.

The concert will open with a major work for symphonic orchestra, the “Great” C Major Symphony” by Franz Schubert.  Schubert is considered the first of the great Romantic composers; he wrote many beautiful songs as well as orchestral and chamber music compositions, and is a noted composer for the piano.  His compositional style is inspired by Beethoven and Mozart; the innovations and grandeur of his music show the influence of Beethoven, while the delicacy and refinement can be traced to Mozart.  Unique to Schubert, however, is the Romantic lyricism and emotional warmth that permeates his music.  Schubert’s “Great” C Major Symphony, No. 9, was completed in 1826, just two years before Schubert’s death, and it was not performed until 1839, 11 years after his death.  It quickly established itself as Schubert’s most important symphonic orchestra work and has remained a favorite amongst audiences ever since.  Sara Edgerton, artistic director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the orchestra in this work.

On the second half of the concert, the orchestra will be joined by the University Choir and Choral Union in a performance of several seasonal compositions.  The ensembles will perform the popular Shaw-Bennett arrangement of Christmas carols, the “Many Moods of Christmas.”  Also on the second half of the concert will be a lovely arrangement of the English carol, “What Sweeter Music” by John Rutter. Steven Hendricks, director of choral activities at Southeast Missouri State University, will conduct this portion of the program.

Tickets for this concert are now available and can be purchased by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.  Those planning to attend are encouraged to purchase their tickets soon to be able to get good seats for this popular festive concert.