Martinu Program on Sundays at Three Concert Series

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 25, 2005 — Cape Girardeau’s Classical Chamber Music Series, Sundays at Three, will present the next concert in its 2004-2005 concert series with a performance of trio music by Haydn, Martinu, and Damase at 3 p.m. April 10 in Old St. Vincent’s Church in downtown Cape Girardeau.

Performing on this concert will be Southeast Missouri State University music faculty Paul Thompson, flute, Sara Edgerton, cello, and Matt Yount, piano.  The program will consist of three works by composers from diverse eras and countries. The opening work is by the famous Austrian composer and contemporary of Mozart, Joseph Haydn.  The work was composed late in Haydn’s life and is a lively work with exuberant outer movements and a reflective, lyrical middle movement.

Also on the program will be a “Sonate en Concert for Flute, Cello and Piano” by 20th century composer Jean-Michel Damase.  This work is modeled after a Baroque dance suite and includes such typically Baroque dance movements as the Sicilienne and Gigue.  Damase successfully fuses the Baroque dance forms with Romantic lyricism and jazz-influenced harmonies to create an enchanting composition for this group of instruments. The program also will include the “Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano” by the 20th century Czech composer, Martinu. 

Martinu’s music is characterized by exciting rhythms and bold harmonies, with contrasting sections of intimate, heartfelt melodies.  His trio, which will be performed at this concert, is a masterpiece of the genre, and highlights all three instruments in turn.

Tickets for this concert are available at the Performing Arts Box Office, and they also may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.  For more information about the concert, or to purchase tickets, please call the Box Office at (573) 651-2265.