Preview Southeast’s Orchestra Season at the ‘Symphony Sampler’ Sept. 18

VP-Music-SESOThe Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present its annual “Symphony Sampler” concerts on Sunday, Sept. 18, providing an informative and free preview to the upcoming 2016-2017 symphony season.

The symphony will perform two short concerts, starting at 2 p.m. and repeating the same program again at 3 p.m., to introduce the music to be performed this year. These short concerts will also provide a brief introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. The “Symphony Sampler” concerts are free and open to the public. The concerts will take place 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 a variety of excerpts of music from our concert season.

“This year we are very excited that the ‘Symphony Sampler’ concerts take place during Southeast’s Family Weekend. We hope many family members and friends come to the performances.”

The Symphony Sampler concerts will include short selections from Tchaikovsky’s beautiful “Swan Lake” ballet, Sibelius’s great Romantic masterpiece, “Symphony No. 2 in D Major,” as well as other very appealing selections from the upcoming season, including short excerpts from this year’s Holiday Classics concert. The program will also include a brief demonstration of the different sections of the orchestra to show how all the various instruments create the amazing range of sounds and expression found in the symphony orchestra.

A drawing for free tickets to the upcoming concerts will be held, and patrons will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the upcoming symphony concerts.

“These concerts are a great opportunity for families to introduce their children to the wonderful sounds of the symphony orchestra,” said Edgerton. “We welcome everyone to join us for these informative, fun shorts concerts to start off our new concert season.”

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