‘Sundays at Three’ Chamber Music Concert Slated for April 25

The popular “Sundays at Three” chamber music series will close its inaugural season with a concert at 3 p.m. April 25 in Old St. Vincent’s Church.

The first half of the program will feature the Southeast String Quartet, consisting of Brandon Christensen of Cape Girardeau and Michelle Suhr of Farrar, Mo., on violins, Kyle Miller of Cape Girardeau on viola, Kirk Miller of Cape Girardeau on violoncello, and Timothy Weddle of Jefferson City, Mo., on double bass. Also the string section leaders of the Southeast Symphony Orchestra, the quintet will be performing Antonin Dvorak’s String Quintet.

During the second half of the concert, Cantus Choralis, Southeast’s chamber choral group, will perform Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb.”  This mid-20th century festival cantata for choir, soloists and organ is based on a poem by the 18th-century writer Christopher Smart. Britten, considered by many to be the greatest English composer since Henry Purcell, has created a wonderful setting of Smart’s quirky text (written when he was in an asylum) about how all things in their way praise God. Cantus Choralis will also perform “Come Ye Sons of Art,” the most celebrated of Henry Purcell’s Birthday Odes for Queen Mary (1694).

Tickets for the concert are on sale now, and are available at the Performing Arts Box Office in the lobby of the Rose Theatre. Phone orders may be made by calling (573)651-2265. Admission is $10 for all patrons.