Southeast Choral Union Begins Fall Rehearsals Sept. 3

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 14, 2013 – The Southeast Missouri State University Choral Union will begin fall rehearsals Sept. 3 in preparation for a Dec. 3 concert performance in conjunction with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in Room 155 of the Cultural Arts Center at the River Campus.

Membership in the Choral Union is open to all experienced and confident singers.

“All singers must be absolutely dedicated to giving their best effort to work for choral excellence,” said Dr. Peter Durow, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Southeast.

Durow says he is interested in keeping “a flow of new musicians” coming into the group who are interested in preparing for “high caliber performances.” Southeast students may enroll and receive University credit for participating, however, community members may take part in the ensemble without receiving University credit.

The repertoire for the fall semester will include “Suite One” and “Suite Three” of “The Many Moods of Christmas” arranged by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett. Additional repertoire will include two secular carols arranged by John Rutter – “The Very Best Time of the Year” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” – along with Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and Donald Fraser’s “This Christmastide” (Jessye’s Carol).

“The repertoire will offer something for everyone with both new and familiar works performed with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra,” Durow said.

The repertoire for the spring semester will include Haydn’s final major work, the “Harmoniemesse” (Wind-Band Mass), which was composed in 1802 when the composer was 70 years old. This 40-minute multi-movement mass setting will be performed with a quartet of faculty soloists and the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra on May 6.

Music will be available for purchase at the first rehearsals. The total for all pieces is $18. Individual pieces may also be ordered. There are no additional fees to sing as a community member.

For more information, contact Durow at (573) 651-2342 or pdurow@semo.edu.