Southeast Showcase to Highlight Symphony Orchestra, Choral Union, Choir

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 8, 2008 — The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music is proud to present the “Southeast Showcase” April 29, an event highlighting the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, including winners of its Concerto and Aria Competition, in combination with the Choral Union and University Choir.

 The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall in the Cultural Arts Center located on the River Campus.

The program will open with a contemporary work by the young American composer, Christopher Theofanidis, entitled “Flourishes.”  This composition is a very exuberant, fanfare-like overture, featuring the trumpet and percussion sections.  Next on the program will be two intriguing concertos, one for French horn and one for saxophone with orchestra, performed by Jonathan Beasley and Michael Harrer. Beasley will perform Richard Strauss’ “Concerto No. 2” for French horn and orchestra, a virtuosic composition by one of the great late Romantic composers. 

Harrer will perform the “Saxophone Concerto” by Glazunov, an important 20th-century Russian composer.  Beasley and Harrer are this year’s winners of the Concerto and Aria Competition. 

The first half of the concert will conclude with a Baroque-inspired “Sarabande” by the great 20th-century British composer, Benjamin Britten. 

The second half of the concert will feature the University Choir and Choral Union, along with student vocal soloists, in two large-scale choral works by Jonathan Dove and Ludwig van Beethoven. Dove is a contemporary British composer whose compositions are being performed to enthusiastic audiences in a number of countries.  His “Koethener Messe,” which will be performed on this concert, is scored for two flutes, harpsichord, string orchestra, choir and soloists.  It is inspired by the “Brandenburg Concertos” and the “Well-Tempered Clavier,” two masterpieces by the Baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.  Dove re-interprets these works with modern rhythmic inflections, allowing audiences to hear familiar works in a new light.  The concert will conclude with the rousing “Hallelujah Chorus” by the great symphonist Beethoven.

“This concert is designed to truly ‘showcase’ Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music and all the fabulous talent in the Department,” said Sara Edgerton, conductor of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.  “The audience will have the opportunity to hear two excellent student instrumentalists, Jonathan Beasley and Michael Harrer, as well as student vocal soloists.  The program also showcases several of the department’s large ensembles, including its symphony orchestra and choirs.  This program should be appealing to all audiences.”

Edgerton will conduct the orchestra for the first half of the concert; Steven Hendricks will conduct the combined choirs and orchestra for the second. 

A limited number of tickets are still available. 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., or by calling (573) 651–2265.  Tickets also may be purchased online at metrotix.com, keyword “showcase” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.