Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Announces 2004-2005 Commerce Bank Concert Series

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 23, 2004 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra proudly presents its 2004-2005 concert season, consisting of five concerts, each presenting a unique program of exciting music.

The season opens with the program, “Beautiful Melodies with Judith Farris,” which will feature highlights from opera and Broadway performed by Southeast alumna and celebrated contralto soloist, Judith Farris. Farris has been a featured soloist with this country’s finest opera companies and orchestras, including the Santa Fe, Washington, and Forth Worth Opera Companies, and with the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This concert will take place at 8 p.m.  Oct. 5 in Academic Auditorium on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

In its second concert of the season, Mark Sparks, principal flutist of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, will be making his second appearance in Cape Girardeau as guest artist with the Southeast Missouri Chamber Orchestra. Baroque masterpieces by Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann will be performed in the lovely setting of Old St. Vincent’s Church in downtown Cape Girardeau at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26.

The first Orchestral/Choral Union concert of the year will be the first for Dr. Steven Hendricks as the new conductor of the Choral Union. Choral masterpieces by the great Romantic composers Brahms and Buckner will be the centerpieces of this popular collaboration of Southeast’s Choral Union, University Choir and Symphony Orchestra. This concert will feature the appealing “Many Moods of Christmas”- settings of traditional Christmas carols- as a musical start to the holiday season. This delightful concert will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 in  Academic Auditorium.

This year’s President’s Concert, “From the New World,” will highlight the ever-popular New World Symphony by the great Romantic composer, Antonin Dvorak. Also featured on this concert will be the talented student winners of Southeast’s Concerto and Aria Competition. This concert is sponsored by President Kenneth Dobbins at Southeast Missouri State University and will take place at 8 p.m. March 8 in Academic auditorium.

The season’s final concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. May 3 in Academic Auditorium and will be the second Orchestral/Choral Union concert. This concert will feature John Rutter’s most recent choral work, the immensely moving “Mass of the Children.” The symphony orchestra will open the concert with the glorious Fifth Symphony by British composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. This finale to the symphony season will offer beautiful music for choirs and orchestra.

With the purchase of the subscription to the entire series, patrons receive a 10 percent discount off admission to each concert, priority seating in Academic Auditorium and Old St. Vincent’s Church, guaranteed admission to all concerts, and invitations to special symphony events. This year, subscribers are also offered one free ticket for an additional person to attend a concert of their choice as well as one complimentary ticket to the Chamber Music series, Sundays at Three. The deadline to order subscriptions is Sept. 24. Please call the Performing Arts Box Office for tickets or additional information.