Southeast Chamber Players to Play in Conjunction with Cape Girardeau Children’s Art Festival

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 26, 2003 — The Southeast Chamber Players will perform at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Old St. Vincent’s Church, as the culminating event in the fourth annual Cape Girardeau Children’s Art Festival, a two-month long celebration of music and visual art in area schools.

The ensemble previously provided recorded music to teachers and children in grades three through six, to use as inspiration for creating works of visual art.  The children’s artwork will be displayed during December in Gallery 100 and The Lorimier Gallery at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, located at 32 N. Main in Cape Girardeau.

The concert will feature the music the students used as their artistic inspiration, and audience members will have the opportunity to see selected children’s artwork in a printed program booklet.

The music to be performed will include a symphony for wind instruments composed by Franz Krommer, which was performed often during the first half of the 19th century.  James Wehrman, a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will perform as a soloist on a work by Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth for solo horn and nine winds.  Also featured as soloists in works for organ, winds and voice will be Christopher Goeke, tenor and associate professor of music, and Leslie Jones, contralto and assistant professor of music.

Formed in 1990, the ensemble is comprised of Southeast faculty and students, as well as area music teachers.  It has distinguished itself not only with local performances and school workshops, but also with two performances for the Missouri Music Educators Association.

Plan now to attend an entertaining afternoon of wind chamber music presented in the beautiful surroundings of Old St. Vincent’s Church.  A “Meet the Young Artists” reception will be held at the Arts Council following the concert, providing the opportunity for the public to meet the young artists whose works are featured in the program booklet.

For more information on this event, contact Robert Gifford, professor and coordinator of winds and percussion at Southeast, at (573) 651-2140 or e-mail at rgifford@semo.edu.