Sara Edgerton to Present Faculty Cello Recital

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 5, 2010 — Sara Edgerton, professor of cello and string bass at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a cello recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.  A diverse program of masterworks for cello by such composers as Bach, Beethoven and Ernest Bloch will be presented.  Also performing with Edgerton will be Matt Yount, staff accompanist at Southeast.  To conclude the program, Edgerton will be joined by Lori Shaffer, soprano, Paul Thompson, conductor, and the cellists of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, in a performance of the famous “Aria” from the “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” by Heitor Villa-Lobos.   The concert will open with the Sixth and final “Suite for Solo Cello” by the great Baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. This work combines the exuberance of the Baroque dance suite with some of Bach’s most profound and expansive writing for the cello.  Next on the program will be the “Seven Variations on ‘Bei Mannern’” for cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. This work, from Beethoven’s early period, is a set of melodious variations on a theme from Mozart’s beloved opera, the “Magic Flute.” Also on the concert will be a performance of the notable tone-poem, “Schelomo” (“Solomon”), by the Swiss-born Jewish composer, Ernest Bloch.  This work is scored for solo cello and large orchestra: the solo cello represents the voice of Solomon, and the orchestra depicts Solomon’s world. Bloch evokes the era of the Old Testament with intense rhythms, harmonies, and melodies drawn from Jewish liturgical music.  Matt Yount, pianist, will perform the massive orchestral score in a piano version edited and published by Bloch. The final composition on the afternoon’s recital will be a performance of the well-known “Aria” from the “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” for soprano and orchestra of cellists by the 20th century Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Shaffer and Thompson will perform this work, along with cellists Edgerton, Chris Skyles, Kristen Foster, Sirena Watkins, Jennifer Samuels, Owen Hill and Timothy Pierce. For further information about this concert, and to purchase tickets, please call (573) 651-2265 or visit