Symphony Orchestra, University Choir, Choral Union to Perform Fauré’s Requiem

by News Bureau on Monday, Apr. 16, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 16, 2012 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, University Choir, and Choral Union will combine to present one of the great choral and orchestral masterpieces of all time, Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem.” This masterwork will be presented in concert in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

Featured vocal soloists for this performance will be Southeast faculty members Timothy Schmidt, bass-baritone, and Lori Shaffer, soprano. Also on the concert will be the young violinist, Amy Lidell, who is the winner of this year’s Rising Star Competition, performing the famous “Concerto No. 5 in A Minor” by Henri Vieuxtemps.

The concert will open with the rousing overture, “Finlandia,” by Jean Sibelius. This glorious overture opens with dark, dissonant chords, depicting Russia’s oppressive rule of Finland in the 19th century. This ominous opening ultimately leads into an optimistic, serene, hymn-like melody that celebrates the strength and vitality of the Finnish national character. The concert will continue with the vivacious, sparkling “Concerto No. 5 in A Minor” by the 19th century Belgian violinist, Henri Vieuxtemps. Vieuxtemps was a consummate artist on the violin, with a hugely successful concert career throughout Europe and Russia; he even performed in the United States. He wrote a total of seven violin concertos; the fifth, which will be performed at this concert, is his most famous and most frequently performed.

Violin soloist Amy Lidell, 16, will perform this work with the Southeast Missouri Symphony. Lidell began studying the violin when she was five years old. Currently a student of Mimi Zweig at the world-famous Indiana University, Lidell has performed throughout the United States and has won a number of awards and prizes. She was the winner of the Second Annual “Rising Star” Competition held at Southeast Missouri State University in February 2012, and returns to the campus to perform this concerto with the symphony.

After the intermission, the University Choir and Choral Union will join the Southeast Missouri Symphony in a performance of two works for choir and orchestra. The combined forces will open with a short work, “Trust,” composed by Southeast faculty member Peter Durow, who will also conduct the work. This composition uses as its text a poem by Daniel Webster Davis (1862-1913). First composed in 2003, this work will receive the world premiere performance of the fully orchestrated setting. French composer Gabriel Fauré is considered the precursor of the French impressionist composers. His music is ethereal, transparent, serene, and full of light and color. His beautiful “Requiem” was originally composed in 1887, and was revised in 1900 to allow for a fuller orchestration. It is this revised version that will be performed at the concert on May 1.

Faculty members Sara Edgerton and Durow will conduct the evening’s concert. They will also provide a short pre-concert talk in the Bedell Performance Hall, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

All are warmly invited to attend this concert featuring beautiful orchestral and choral music.

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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., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.