CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 28, 2013 — The Southeast Missouri Music Academy will present its 14th annual “Standing Ovation” benefit concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
Following the concert, a “Champagne and Chocolate” reception will be held at the Arts Council, 32 North Main St.
The Standing Ovation program always entertains with a variety of music and performers from the Department of Music and the Music Academy. Featured performer this year is the Southeast Brass Quintet playing arrangements from the music of the world-famous Canadian Brass.
“Their unbeatable blend of spontaneity and humor brightens the rosters of concert halls wherever they perform,” said Rebecca Fulgham, director of the Music Academy.
The Academy welcomes to its program Dr. Kevin Hampton, piano, new chair of the Department of Music, and Dr. Gabrielle Baffoni, clarinet. Jessie-Reuter Yount will perform selections from the literature of Faure, arranged for French horn and piano by her husband, Matt Yount. New this year is the addition of a performance by Academy alumni, who have become prominent local musicians. Christy Roethemeyer Shinn and Beth Roethemeyer St. John, both music directors in Jackson, Mo., will perform vocal selections. The Music Academy also will showcase one of its own stars, Daniel Bollig, 14, from Carbondale, Ill. Bollig has studied cello since the age of 7 and has studied at the Music Academy with Sara Edgerton, director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, for three years. He is the son of Dr. John and Robynne Bollig.
“Standing Ovation” is the largest fund raiser for the Music Academy, which has provided music instruction to people of all ages in the community since 1985. The concert helps the Music Academy, which is funded solely by tuition and donations, offer scholarships and tuition waivers for financially disadvantaged students. Lessons are offered for piano, voice, guitar, harp, and all band and orchestra instruments. Its mission is to enrich the lives of its students, which are of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, by stimulating a lifelong appreciation of music, developing basic musical and performing skills, and encouraging the creative use of those skills.
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. For more information about reception tickets, call (573) 651-2378.