Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra to Perform Beethoven’s First Symphony March 14

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 27, 2006 –The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will perform its fourth subscription series concert of the year at 8 p.m. March 14 with a program featuring Beethoven’s First Symphony.

The concert will be held in Academic Auditorium on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

A special feature of this concert will be performances of this year’s Concerto and Aria Competition winners Emily Grannemann (bassoon) of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Jason Weaver (guitar), and Timothy Weddle (string bass) of Jefferson City, Mo., who will perform as soloists with the symphony orchestra.  Sara Edgerton, Department of Music faculty member, will conduct the concert.

The concert will open with the elegant, tuneful “Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Grannemann, a senior performance major at Southeast Missouri State University, will be the soloist in this concerto.  Next, the symphony will be joined by guitarist and senior Southeast student Weaver in the ethereal, evocative Spanish work, the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Rodrigo.  The first half of the concert will conclude with Bottesini’sfamous “Concerto for String Bass and Orchestra,” with soloist Timothy Weddle, a senior at Southeast Missouri State University.

For the second half of the concert, the symphony orchestra will present Beethoven’s majestic “First Symphony.”  Beethoven composed this work over several years, from 1799 to 1800, and it was first performed April 2, 1800.  A youthful, exuberant work, it has all the hallmarks of Beethoven’s genius: vitality of rhythm, memorable melodies, and above all, the incredible sense of drama and power inherent in all of Beethoven’s masterpieces.  From the opening orchestral chords of the first movement to the boisterous last movement, this work continues to enchant and delight audiences everywhere.

“This concert should be very appealing to our audience,” said Edgerton, director of the orchestra. “The three student soloists are outstanding, and their performances should be very exciting.”

In addition, she noted that “this would be an excellent concert for the whole family to attend, since several different instruments are featured with the orchestra.”

She added, “It has been several years since the symphony has performed a major work by Beethoven, so this would be a great opportunity to hear one of his masterpieces performed live here in Cape Girardeau.”

Tickets are available by calling Southeast’s Performing Arts Box Office by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also will be available at the door on the night of the concert.