Southeast Wind Symphony Concert Announced

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 22, 2010 — The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University is pleased to announce an upcoming concert featuring the Wind Symphony and a guest artist ensemble, The Heartland Winds.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.  The evening’s event is open to the public.

The Southeast Wind Symphony is comprised of the finest woodwind, brass and percussion players from throughout the University.  The Department’s newest faculty member, Dr. Martin Reynolds, is the conductor of this ensemble. This concert will feature the two selections originally composed for military service bands from the U.S. Armed Forces. “Seapower Fanfare” was written for the Navy Band and “The Strategic Air Command March” was written for the Air Force Academy Band. Also featured will be the beautiful “Lux Aurumque” of Eric Whitacre, the CBDNA prize-winning “…and the antelopes play” by John Carnahan, “La Mezquita de Cordoba” by Julie Giroux — written as a representation of the history and majesty of the Grand Mosque of Cordoba, Spain, and the magnificent “Russian Christmas Music” of Alfred Reed.

The Heartland Winds Percussion is now in its fourth year of existence and is a volunteer group of area music teachers, including some Southeast faculty and students, who have performed one concert per year for the middle and high school All-District Bands. Most of the members are alumni of Southeast. The Heartland Winds is conducted by Dr. Robert Gifford. Their program will feature “Prominence Bird” by Japanese composer Masaru Tanaka, the “Huckleberry Finn Suite” by Franco Cesarini (dedicated to the 2005 Southeast Wind Ensemble), along with other selections.

TicketsTickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at MetroTix.com, keyword “wind” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949. For more information, contact Marty Reynolds at (573) 651-2334.