Southeast Bands Presenting ‘Pageants and Prayers’ March 4

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 18, 2010 – The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present their first wind band concert of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m., March 4 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.  Both the Southeast Wind Symphony and Concert Band, which include both music majors and non-majors, will perform.   The Wind Symphony is under the direction of Robert Conger, who is most known more for his jazz activities on campus as he is the head of the Jazz Studies program for Southeast.  “I do have a jazz background, but my familiar turf is conducting the wind band,” Conger said.  “After directing concert bands for the past 32 years, my priMar. training is in the concert wind band idiom.”  This will be Conger’s first conducting appearance on the Southeast campus since the spring semester of 2007 when he was the director of the Concert Band prior to the move to the River Campus.  He has conducted bands of all levels including the Fort Hays State Symphonic Band, the 2001 Florida All State Band, the Boone High School Band in Orlando, Fla., and many honor bands in Texas, Florida, Ohio and Missouri.   The program for this concert will include three major works of the wind band repertoire which have not been performed at Southeast in at least 10 years, perhaps longer.  “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti was written in 1953 and is an accessible, warmly exuberant work which is an impressionistic look at a time of celebration.  “The harmonic language of the piece isn’t so contemporary as to confuse the listener, but draws in the listener with subtle writing and many fast tempos,” Conger said.   “Sketches on a Tudor Psalm” by Fisher Tull and “Festivo” by Edward Gregson are also works of significance in the literature of the wind band.The Southeast Concert Band will be under the direction of JoSep. Pappas, a new adjunct member of the Southeast Music faculty.  He retired from public school teaching in 1999 after almost 30 years in the classroom, having taught instrumental music at Scott City High School, Bell City High School, Mexico High School, and Eureka High School.  Currently, Pappas is adjunct instructor of music at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.  “I’ve had an absolute blast teaching these great students at Southeast,” Pappas said.  Included on the Concert Band program will be works by Johannes Brahms, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Elliot del Borgo and Vaclav Nelhybel.The concert also will feature “talking program notes” with a special guest narrator, making it possible to learn about the music as well as hear a great concert.   Tickets May be purchased by contacting 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 online at metrotix.com, keyword “band concert” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.