Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Open Concert Season with Music from Bach to Sousa

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 10, 2003 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University’s premiere wind and percussion group, will open its concert season Oct. 23 with a wide variety of music from J.S. Bach’s “Fantasia in G” to John Philip Sousa’s “Gridiron Club March.”

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Academic Auditorium.

The music of two of Norway’s musical “giants,” Edvard Grieg and Egil Hovland, also will be featured. Grieg’s poignant “Funeral March” will be paired with Hovland’s “Fanfare and Choral.”  The highlight of the evening’s concert will be the American premiere of a new work by Austrian composer Thomas Doss, who has won international acclaim recently with his compositions for wind ensemble.

The numerous invitations that the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble has received to perform at state, regional and international conferences and wind festivals are indicative of the respect that this group has received both for quality of performance and innovative programming.  The ensemble has presented 11 world premieres and more than a dozen American premieres of works for the contemporary wind band and has performed for both the Missouri Music Educators and the College Band Directors National Association.  In fact, the Southeast ensemble has been selected to appear as the featured collegiate wind ensemble at the 2004 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference. The group also has been featured on several compact discs, the latest of which is a new release entitled “Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble LIVE.”

Parking will be available in the Dempster lots (Harrison College of Business) with shuttle bus service to Academic Hall.  Handicapped parking is available behind Academic Auditorium, with street-level elevator access.

General admission is $7.  Advanced ticket prices for senior citizens, University faculty and staff are $6, and student tickets are $5. Tickets are available from the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.