Orchestra, Choral Union, University Choir Combine to Perform Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’

by News Bureau on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 22, 2011 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Southeast’s Choral Union and University Choir to perform the festive choral work, “Gloria,” by the celebrated Baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi, Dec. 6 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Also on this program will be the glorious late “Symphony No. 4 in D Minor” by the great Romantic composer, Robert Schumann, as well as the ethereal “Three 17th Century English Lyrics” by the American composer, James Mulholland.

The concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Faculty members Sara Edgerton and Peter Durow will conduct this concert. Edgerton and Durow will provide a short pre-concert talk in the Bedell Performance Hall at 6:45 p.m. The pre-concert talk is free to all ticket holders for this concert.

The program will begin with Robert Schumann’s heartfelt, expressive “Symphony No. 4 in D Minor.” This symphony was originally written in 1841, immediately upon the heels of Schumann’s marriage to youthful piano virtuoso Clara Wieck, and is imbued with Schumann’s characteristic lyricism, tunefulness, and appeal. Schumann later reworked this symphony, with fuller orchestration and greater cohesion of form, and it is in this later version that the symphony is best known. From a gentle opening introduction, through the fiery first movement, to beautiful oboe, cello, and violin melodies in the second movement, to an energetic Scherzo movement and jubilant last movement, this symphony has all the hallmarks of the great Romantic compositions for symphonic orchestra.

On the second half of the concert, the Southeast Missouri Symphony will be joined by Southeast’s Choral Union and University Choir in the performance of two works for orchestra and full chorus. Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi is esteemed for his vivid, energetic, and dramatic compositions. Well-known today for his many concertos, including the iconic “Four Seasons,” Vivaldi also wrote many choral and operatic works. His “Gloria” is perhaps the best known of all his choral works, with colorful orchestration and eloquent choral parts. In addition to the full orchestra and choir, this composition also includes several movements for vocal soloists. For this performance, Southeast students Brittney Leimkuehler, Magda Salem and Megan Statler, soprano, and Anna Christine Woiwood, mezzo-soprano, will be featured in the solo movements.

The concert will conclude with “Three 17th Century Lyrics” by American composer James Mulholland. Mulholland composed this short set of songs to accompany three traditional English texts: “Fair and Tender,” “Come Let’s Be Merry,” and “When I Lay Me Down to Sleep.” Mulholland is a notable American choral composer, with more than 600 published works to his credit. This brief sampling of songs by Mulholland will provide a pleasant, harmonious conclusion to the concert.

Tickets are Now on Sale

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.