Symphony to Present Concert of Chamber Music, Featuring Poulenc’s ‘Organ Concerto’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 10, 2005 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will perform its second subscription concert, featuring the French composer Francis Poulenc’s “Organ Concerto,” under the direction of Department of Music faculty members Sara Edgerton and Paul Thompson.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in Old St. Vincent’s Church, 131 S. Main St. in downtown Cape Girardeau.

“Poulenc’s ‘Organ Concerto’ is one of the very finest compositions for organ and orchestra,” Edgerton said. “Its exuberant energy, brilliance and emotion are perfectly attuned to the most impressive and majestic of instruments, the pipe organ.”

Gary Miller, organ professor and chair of the Department of Music at Southeast, will play the St. Vincent’s pipe organ.

“The performance will showcase the beautiful sound of the recently installed pipe organ and the excellent acoustics of the historic church,” Edgerton said.  “The piece also includes a string orchestra and timpani, giving a very full and dramatic sound to the combined forces.”

 Other pieces on the program include British composer Peter Warlock’s “Capriol Suite,” which is based on a number of contrasting Renaissance and Baroque dances and is elegantly orchestrated for strings, and several beautiful Norwegian melodies by the celebrated Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

Advance tickets are $12 for preferred seating, $7 for general admission, $6 for seniors, faculty and staff, and $5 for students. All general admission tickets purchased at the door are $7, or $12 for preferred seats. Reservations are encouraged due to limited seating. Please call the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265 for tickets or for more information.