Piano And Cello Concert to Showcase Talents of Southeast Music Faculty

“East Meets West,” a cello and piano recital, is scheduled for 8 p.m. March 4 in Old St. Vincent’s Church.

Music from the rich traditions of Western and Eastern music will be featured in a cello and piano recital given by Southeast faculty members Sara Edgerton, cello, and James Sifferman, piano.  Music by Beethoven, Couperin, Hovhaness, Bloch and Kodaly will be performed on the program.

The concert will open with music from the Baroque era, with a dance suite by French composer Francois Couperin.  Also on the first half of the concert, Edgerton and Siffferman will perform a piece entitled “Prayer” by Ernest Bloch, followed by a solo work for cello, “Yakamochi” by Alan Hovhaness.

The second half of the concert will open with a late work by Ludwig van Beethoven, his Cello Sonata in D Major, Op. 102.  The concert will conclude with the first movement of Zoltan Kodaly’s massive Solo Sonata for Cello.The concert will present very diverse and exciting influences in music for cello and piano.  The Baroque composition by Couperin and the Cello Sonata by Beethoven will represent the rich tradition of Western Classical music.  In contrast, the other pieces selected for this program will illuminate some of the “Eastern” influences in classical cello music.  The Ernest Bloch “Prayer” is drawn from Jewish chant, and the solo composition, “Yakamochi,” draws upon Oriental and Indian influences.  The solo work by Kodaly, which will conclude the concert, is heavily imbued with the idiom of Hungarian folk music.

The concert is open to the public. Tickets are currently on sale and may be obtained by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.  Tickets for the concert may also be purchased at the door. Prices are $7 for students, $6 for Southeast faculty/staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Discounts are for advanced sales only; all tickets will be $7 at the door. Proceeds from this concert will be used to help support future programming and activities of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.