Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Opens Season with ‘Symphony Sampler’

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Sept. 17, will present its annual “Symphony Sampler” concerts, providing an informative and free preview to the upcoming 2017-2018 symphony season.

The symphony will perform two short concerts, one at 2 p.m., and repeating the same program again at 3 p.m., to introduce the music to be performed this year.  The concerts will be performed in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on Southeast’s River Campus.

These short concerts also will provide a brief introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Drawings for free tickets to the upcoming concerts will be held, and patrons will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the upcoming symphony concerts.   The “Symphony Sampler” concerts are free and open to the public.

“This program should be a fun and informative introduction to the Southeast Missouri Symphony,” said Dr. Sara Edgerton, conductor of the symphony.  “We will perform a variety of excerpts of music from our concert season.  The Symphony Sampler concerts will include short selections from the beautiful Symphony No. 8 by Dvorak, and excerpts from the famous Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven.  We will also perform a movement of Vivaldi’s beloved ‘Winter’ from the Seasons, with new Southeast faculty member and Concertmaster Dr. Sophia Han as soloist.

“Also on the sampler concerts will be a movement of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40,” Edgerton said. “This particular symphony was studied and performed by a number of the symphony students during the summer, at an international music festival in Italy, so it will be fun to look back at our summer projects.  We will also open our season with this piece, so it will also help us look ahead to the new season.  And, we will hold drawings for free tickets to all the upcoming symphony concerts, including the special appearance of the St. Louis Symphony here in the Bedell in April 2018.”

The program will also include a brief demonstration of the different sections of the orchestra, to show how all the various instruments create the amazing range of sounds and expression found in the symphony orchestra.

“This would be a great opportunity for families to introduce their children to the wonderful sounds of the symphony orchestra,” Edgerton said.  “We certainly welcome everyone to join us for these informative, fun, short concerts to start off our new concert season!”

For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.