Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Choral Union, and University Choir to Present Festive Choral Concert

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 14, 2005 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Southeast’s Choral Union and University Choir in a festive choral/orchestral concert Nov. 29.

The program will include the exuberant “Gloria” for soprano, chorus and orchestra by 20th-century composer Francis Poulenc, as well as orchestral works by Georges Bizet and Edvard Grieg.  Southeast faculty members Sara Edgerton and Steven Hendricks will conduct the program, which will also feature Mary Mims as the soprano soloist in Poulenc’s “Gloria.”   The program will open with Edvard Grieg’s “Norwegian Dances for Symphony Orchestra.”  These short, lively dances are inspired by Norwegian folk song and are beautifully orchestrated.  Also on the program will be a composition by the great French 19h-century composer, Georges Bizet.  His ever-popular “L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2,” with its enchanting melodies and exciting finale, will be performed on the program by the symphony orchestra.

The second half of the concert will present the finely-crafted choral/orchestral work, “Gloria,” by Poulenc.  Composed for soprano soloist, choir, and orchestra, this work is lively, rhythmic, and very colorful.  Poulenc (1899-1963) composed the work late in his life (it was premiered in 1961), and it is imbued with a profound and uplifting spirituality.  The work was immediately popular and remains one of the great 20th-century choral masterpieces.

The pieces to be performed at this concert are, in some ways, very contrasting. The program will feature orchestral showpieces from the 19th century juxtaposed with modern 20th century choral writing, and with a diversity of inspirations, from the Latin text of the “Gloria” to the French “L’Arlesienne Suite” to the “Norwegian Dances.”  But all three pieces share a common festive, exuberant character and will provide an excellent early opportunity to enjoy some festive cheer at the start of the holiday season.

Tickets for this concert are now on sale and can be purchased by calling Southeast’s Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.  Tickets also will be available at the door on the evening of the concert.  For more information, call the Box Office at (573) 651-2265.