Orchestra Opens Sept. 16 with ‘Symphony Sampler’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 4, 2012 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present a “Symphony Sampler” on Sunday, Sept. 16, to kick off its 2012-2013 concert season.

This short concert will include brief selections of music to be performed on the upcoming season, as well as an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Drawings for free tickets to upcoming concerts will be held, and patrons will have the opportunity to purchase individual or season tickets to the symphony series.   The “Symphony Sampler” is free, and open to the public.  The concert will take place at 2 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus.

“This program should be a fun and informative introduction to the Southeast Missouri Symphony,” said Sara Edgerton, conductor of the symphony. “We will perform short excerpts of music by such great composers as Mendelssohn and Khatchaturian, and also provide some information about each of our upcoming concerts.”

Musicians in the orchestra will also demonstrate various instruments of the symphony orchestra and show how different instruments create the amazing range of sounds and expression found in the symphony orchestra.

“This would be a great opportunity for families to introduce their children to the wonderful sounds of the symphony orchestra,” Edgerton said. “We certainly welcome everyone to join us for this fun, informative, and short concert to start off our new concert season.”

For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.