Southeast Guitar Ensemble to Perform Free Concert April 19

The Southeast Guitar Ensemble will present a concert at 8 p.m. April 19 in the Lutheran Chapel on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.  The Chapel is located at 903 College Hill.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature large ensemble works by Georg Philipp Telemann and Manuel de Falla.  The concert will open with a special performance by the ensemble playing two Renaissance dances by Thomas Tomkins on Renaissance lutes and Baroque guitar.  Switching back to guitars, the ensemble will play a “Concerto for Four Violins” by Telemann.

In addition, the Southeast Guitar Ensemble will present works for solo guitar, flute and guitar, and for guitar duo.  These pieces include works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Leo Brouwer as well as a flute and guitar duo by Heitor Villa Lobos.  A guitar duo from the ensemble will perform a “Prelude and Fugue” by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The concert will conclude with Pepe Romero’s exciting arrangement of Manuel de Falla’s “Danza Espanola” from his opera “La Vida Breve.”

In late March, the Southeast Guitar Ensemble performed the Telemann and the de Falla in a concert at the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival in Bloomington, Ill. The ensemble is directed by Jeffrey Noonan, who directs the classical guitar program at Southeast Missouri State University.  All players in the ensemble are performance majors in the University’s Department of Music.  Members of the ensemble are Gabriel Deutsch, Akira Kanzawa, Patrick Rafferty, Kensuke Suzuki and Jason Weaver.

For more information about the concert or the Southeast Guitar Ensemble, contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141 or Jeffrey Noonan at (573) 651-2706 or jjnoonan@semo.edu.