The Southeast Missouri Symphony will present its Gala Season Opening Concert on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
The concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., will feature Van Cliburn Award-winning pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, in the majestic “Piano Concerto No. 3” by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will also include exciting symphonic compositions by Mozart and Dvorak.
“We are very excited about this opening concert of our 2017—2018 season,” said Dr. Sara Edgerton, conductor of the Southeast Missouri Symphony. “I think the audience will be thrilled with the artistry and virtuosity of pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi. How exciting to be able to hear the great Beethoven ‘Piano Concerto No. 3’ in the Bedell Performance Hall. I think our audience will also enjoy the beautiful symphonic works by Mozart and Dvorak. A number of our symphony students had the opportunity to perform the “Mozart Symphony” this summer in an international festival in Italy, so we are delighted to open our season with that iconic work here in Cape Girardeau!”
The concert will open with the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s memorable “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.” Composed in just a few weeks in the summer of 1788, this composition is one of Mozart’s most profound and expressive late works. It represents the high point of Classical-era composition, with its dramatic form and perfect sense of proportion. Next, the orchestra will be joined by award-winning pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, in the exuberant “Piano Concerto No. 3” by Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven composed this work in the period between 1800 and 1803, just as he was dealing with the onset of deafness. The concerto is remarkable in its depth of emotion, as it alternates between moods of heroism, playfulness and tenderness. Beethoven himself performed the virtuosic solo part at the premiere performance in April 1803.
On the second half of the concert, the symphony will perform one of Antonin Dvorak’s late, great symphonic works — his “Symphony No. 8 in G Major.” Written in 1889, it is a tuneful and richly scored work for full symphony orchestra. Borrowing heavily on Bohemian folk song, the symphony is cheerful, optimistic and immediately accessible to listeners. It particularly features the mellow instruments of the cello, French horn and clarinet, and also includes some beautiful flute solos.
Guest artist Antonio Pompa-Baldi won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and embarked on a career that continues to extend across five continents. A top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, France, Antonio Pompa-Baldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Pompa-Baldi appears regularly at the world’s major concert venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre and Boston’s Symphony Hall. He performed in London, Tokyo, Seoul, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Kiev, Auckland, Hong Kong and Beijing, where he played a recital in the Forbidden City Concert Hall and conducted Master Classes at the China National Conservatory, being named Honorary Guest Professor of that institution. Pompa-Baldi has played with the Houston Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Boston Pops and Colorado Symphony, among many others. His extensive recording catalog features 20 CDs.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampus.org.