Sundays at Three Concert Series Opens Season Sept. 24

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The concert series “Chamber Music Sundays at Three” will open its fourth season on Sunday. The concert will include chamber works for voice and various instruments and will feature tenor Chris Goeke.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 11, 2006 — The professional concert series “Chamber Music Sundays at Three” will open its fourth season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24 in Old St. Vincent’s Church in Cape Girardeau. The concert will include chamber works for voice and various instruments and will feature tenor Chris Goeke.

This widely varied program will begin with a number of arias from operas and oratorios by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and will also include German Romantic Lieder for voice and piano, French impressionist art-song, and a contemporary cycle by Vogel entitled “The Devil’s Songbook.”

Goeke, a major figure in the area’s musical culture, is widely respected as a tenor soloist, chamber musician, and conductor of both opera and musicals. He is a frequent soloist with the Southeast Symphony and an active recitalist in the area.  Other musicians on the concert will include Brandon Christensen-violin, Kelly Conger-flute, Sara Edgerton-cello, Kyle Miller-viola, Gary Miller-organ, Lori Shaffer-soprano, and Matt Yount-piano.

Chamber Music Sundays at Three is a concert series featuring professional musicians of regional and national reputation in small ensembles and an intimate setting.  In the four seasons since its creation by violinist Brandon Christensen, it has become an important addition to the cultural climate of Cape Girardeau. 

The six-concert 2006-2007 series opens with the Sept. 24 performance. The second concert on Oct. 15 will feature St. Louis Symphony flautist Mark Sparks. The third concert on Dec. 3 with pianist Jennifer Lim, will include a piano trio by Beethoven, and a set of concert-tangos by Astor Piazolla. The fourth concert, on Feb. 11, will feature Mira Frisch, cello. The fifth concert on March 11 will be a collaboration between Southeast music faculty and students. The final concert on April 22 will feature the early music ensemble, “Musickes Cordes.”

Tickets for the Sept. 24 concert are $10 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors, and are available by cash or check at the door. Discounted season tickets are available by calling (573) 651-2346. For more information, contact Brandon Christensen, artistic director, at (573) 587-6668 or e-mail bjchristen@hotmail.com.