Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Announces 2006-2007 Commerce Bank Concert Series

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The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present four  exciting programs of live orchestra music for the 2006-2007 academic year.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 7, 2006 –The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present four unique, energetic and exciting programs of live orchestra music for the 2006-2007 academic year and has announced special discounts and benefits for subscribers to the series.

The first concert, “Rhonda Larson & Ventus,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in Academic Auditorium.  Grammy Award-winning flutist Rhonda Larson has performed throughout the world, including live concerts on major television networks, and has been rated one of the top flutists of her generation.  Larson joins the Southeast Missouri Symphony for this dazzling opening concert of the season, with a diverse and appealing blend of classical, Celtic, ethnic, and jazz-inspired music.

The second concert of the year, featuring choral music, the “Many Moods of Christmas,” is the annual festive collaboration of the symphony orchestra with Southeast’s University Choir and Choral Union. This concert will include the popular Shaw-Bennett settings of Christmas Carols, as well as a performance of Romantic composer Franz Schubert’s most uplifting symphony, the “‘Great’ Symphony in C Major.”  “The Many Moods of Christmas” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Academic Auditorium.

“Symphonic Splendors,” the third concert of the series, will take place on March 6 and will showcase the artistry of Southeast’s talented student winners of the Concerto and Aria Competition.  This concert will also present beautiful symphonic music by 20th century masters Roy Harris and George Butterworth.  It is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Academic Auditorium.

In the final concert of the season, “Inspirations from England,” the Choral Union, University Choir, and Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will join forces to present beautiful works written by some of England’s finest native–born or adopted composers: Handel, Vaughan Williams and Walton.  This concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 1 in Academic Auditorium.

Subscription tickets are available beginning July 15 through Sept. 22 by contacting the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.  Special benefits for subscribers include 10 percent off the price of tickets, priority seating in Academic Auditorium, guaranteed admission to all concerts, invitations to special symphony events, one free admission ticket per subscriber for an additional person to attend one concert, and one free ticket per subscriber to one “Sundays at Three” concert.