Orchestra, University Choir, Choral Union to Perform Music by Schubert, Beethoven, and Mozart

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 22, 2010 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Southeast’s University Choir and Choral Union in a concert of music featuring Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony and the “Coronation Mass” by Mozart Dec. 7 at the River Campus.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. A short pre-concert talk about the program will be held at 6:45 p.m. that evening, also in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.  The pre-concert talk is free to all ticket holders of the performance.

The three compositions to be performed on this concert are masterpieces that represent high points of musical achievement from the Classical to the early Romantic eras.  Mozart’s choral and orchestral work, the “Coronation Mass” (1779), is an appealing large-scale composition with perfect formal proportions and much dramatic interest.  Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” written about three decades later (1808ᾰ1810), is illustrative of Beethoven’s energetic, “heroic” middle period with its strong contrasts and powerful themes.  Schubert’s symphonic masterpiece, the “Unfinished” Symphony (1822), is truly representative of the new “Romantic” style of music, with its enhanced expressivity and warmth.

The concert will open with the famous “Unfinished” Symphony by the early Romantic composer Schubert (1797ᾰ1828).  In late October 1822, Schubert wrote two movements of what was intended to be a larger, standard four-movement symphony.  Schubert subsequently became involved in other compositional projects, and never returned to complete this work.  The two movements were set aside, and the composition was never performed during Schubert’s lifetime: the premiere would not be until 1865.  The two-movement work contains some of Schubert’s most expressive writing, with beautiful, memorable melodies and rich harmonies.  Since its belated premiere, this lovely composition for symphonic orchestra has become a favorite amongst musicians and audiences alike.

Also on the first half of the concert, the Southeast Missouri Symphony will perform one of the great overtures for symphonic orchestra, the “Egmont Overture” by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770ᾰ1827).  In 1808, Beethoven began work on an overture and additional incidental music to a play by the important German literary figure, Goethe, to accompany Goethe’s play entitled “Egmont.”  The play revolves around the figure of Count Egmont, a heroic Flemish nobleman who resisted Spanish domination of his homeland.  Beethoven’s overture to this play, the “Egmont Overture,” is a thrilling musical portrayal of struggle, heroism and ultimate victory over oppression.

For the second half of the concert, the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the University Choir and Choral Union in a performance of “Coronation Mass” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756ᾰ1791).  This work was written by Mozart in 1779, soon after he assumed the position of court organist in Salzburg, Austria.  Fully scored for winds, brass, and strings, and in the “regal” key of C Major, it is a jubilant, bright, energetic composition for vocal soloists, choir and orchestra. 

Conductors for this evening’s performance are Sara Edgerton (Schubert and Beethoven) and Steven Hendricks (Mozart).  Featured soloists in the “Coronation Mass” are Southeast Missouri State University music students Megan Statler, soprano, Kaylyn Kinder, alto, Nickolas Harris, tenor, and Jacob Alexander, bass. 

TicketsTickets may be purchased at 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 also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at MetroTix.com, keyword “Schuberts”, or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.