Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra to Perform on East Coast

by News Bureau on Wednesday, May. 15, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 15, 2013 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra is preparing for its first-ever concert tour of the East Coast, leaving Southeast Missouri State University on Monday, May 20.

Traveling on this concert tour will be the full symphony orchestra of about 50 musicians, along with Southeast Missouri State University faculty members Dr. Timothy Schmidt, bass-baritone soloist; Dr. Brandon Christensen, violinist and concertmaster; and Paul Thompson, flute and keyboard. Dr. Sara Edgerton will be the conductor on the concert tour. The music to be performed on tour is entitled “Songs, Dances, and Marches.”

The first concert while on tour will be presented at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in historic Manassas, Va., just outside Washington, D.C. This concert will be a shared program, which will also feature the Emporia State University Chorale from Emporia, Kan. The two ensembles will join together in the performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs.” The second concert on tour will be presented in the culturally significant St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The concert in Manassas will take place on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m., and the concert in New York City will take place on Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts are free and are open to the public.

The tour repertoire includes music by the notable English composer Williams (“Five Mystical Songs”) as well as two lyrical works by Frederick Delius. Several lively dances from the “Masquerade Suite” by Aram Khachaturian also will be performed. The final portion of the program will include several patriotic works and marches, including the famous “Washington Post March” and “Stars and Stripes Forever March” by John Philip Sousa. Also while on tour, the orchestra will visit a number of cultural and educational sites, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the University orchestra in residence at Southeast Missouri State University, provides the southeast Missouri region with five to six full-length orchestral concerts per year. The symphony performs the standard symphonic orchestra repertoire from the Baroque era to the music of today, and has presented a number of regional, national and world premieres. Additional free concerts, tours and educational events are presented by the symphony orchestra each season. Its artistic director is Edgerton of the Southeast Department of Music.

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra recently returned from its first-ever international tour to China, where it performed a series of concerts under the auspices of the American Celebration of Music in China. The symphony orchestra gave concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, as well as a performance on the Great Wall of China. The orchestra also performs regularly in Missouri and adjoining states.

For more information about the upcoming tour, or for general information about the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, please contact the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 651-2141.