Paul McCartney’s ‘Behold My Heart’ to be Presented at River Campus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 23, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, along with Southeast’s University Choir and Choral Union, will present a program of choral and orchestral music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on Southeast’s River Campus.  The concert will open with the Southeast Missouri Symphony performing two masterpieces for symphonic orchestra by noted British composers William Walton and Ralph Vaughan Williams.  The first composition to be performed will be Walton’s rousing “Crown Imperial March,” written for the coronation of King George VI in 1937.  Next, the orchestra will perform the first movement of Vaughan Williams’ evocative “London Symphony,” composed in 1913. The “London Symphony” presents a kaleidoscopic mixture of sounds and impressions, as if one were transported to central London at the beginning of the 20th century.  From its serene opening, depicting daybreak over the Thames, to the ominous chords suggestive of the approaching war years, to the lyrical, folk-song inspired melodies, this first movement is a marvelous tone poem by one of Britain’s greatest composers.On the second half of the concert, the Southeast Missouri Symphony will be joined by Southeast’s Choral Union and University Choir, as well as special guest choir, the Jackson North Elementary Children’s Choir, in a performance of Sir Paul McCartney’s “Ecce Cor Meum.” McCartney began work on this major choral/orchestral composition in 1997, and it was eventually completed in 2001.  Its American premiere five years later (in 2006) was very successful, and a CD of the composition, released in 2007, received recognition as the “Best Classical Album of the Year.”  The title of this work, “Ecce Cor Meum,” was inspired by an inscription above a statue in St. Ignatius Church in New York City. The composition itself draws upon eclectic themes, sounds and melodies, from Gregorian chant to folk song to references to old Beatles’ songs.   McCartney uses some short Latin phrases in the work, but most of the words are written by McCartney and are in English.  This performance will provide the Southeast Missouri region with an opportunity to hear a new, imaginative and enjoyable work by a very creative and engaging musician.As a special feature of this 2009ᾰ2010 symphony season, there will be a short pre-concert talk, which will be presented in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at 6:45 p.m. by Department of Music faculty member, Paul Thompson.  The pre-concert talk is free to all concert ticket holders.  Tickets 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, keyword “McCartney,” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.