Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Commerce Bank Concert Series Continues March 9 with Concert of Russian Music

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sara Edgerton, will present its fourth subscription series concert at 8 p.m. March 9 in Academic Auditorium on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The concert, entitled “Sabre Dance!,” will feature spirited and colorful orchestral music from Russia, including “Caucasian Sketches” by Russian composer Ippolitov-Ivanov, and the “Gayeneh Ballet” by Khachaturian.  Also featured on this concert are this year’s Concerto and Aria Competition winners Erika Beasley of Cape Girardeau (voice), Monica Smith of St. Charles, Mo., (flute), Christina Van Nostrand of Cape Girardeau (flute), and Amy Vrbosky of Jackson, Mo., (marimba).

Smith, a graduate of Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Mo., will open the concert with Cecile Chaminade’s virtuosic “Concertino for Flute and Orchestra,” a lovely, popular work for flute written by a celebrated female composer of the late 19th century.

Beasley, a Jackson High School alumnus, will perform a lyrical aria from the great opera “II Trovatore” by Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi.  Another flute work, the evocative “Night Soliloquy” by 20th century American composer Kent Kennan, will be presented by Van Nostrand, a Cape Central High School graduate.  The first half of the concert will conclude with the dazzling “Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra” by Paul Creston, performed by Vrbosky.

The second half of the concert will feature two great Russian masterworks for orchestra.  The Caucasian Sketches is a tone poem evoking Russian folk song, and includes the famous finale, “March of the Sardar.”  The final work on the program, Khachaturian’s “Gayeneh Ballet,” will bring the concert to a rousing conclusion with its famous last movement, “Sabre Dance.”

The public is invited to attend this colorful, diverse program presented by the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are now available and can be purchased by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.  Tickets also can be purchased at the door on the night of the concert. Preferred seats are $12, and non-preferred seats are $7 for the general public, $6 for Southeast faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Applicable discounts are available only in advance; all seats will be either $12 or $7 the night of show.