Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ to be Presented by the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 16, 2010 – The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sara Edgerton, will present a concert featuring the great Baroque masterpiece, Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” on Tuesday, May 4 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.  Virtuoso violinist Liesl Schoenberger will be the special guest soloist in this performance of “The Four Seasons.”  Also on the concert will be a performance of the late, great “Symphony No. 40” by the Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Edgerton will present a short pre-concert talk about the evening’s performance — free to all ticket-holders of this concert — beginning at 6:45 p.m.Antonio Vivaldi was a celebrated composer, violinist and music teacher in Italy during the Baroque era.  His composition, “The Four Seasons,” is actually a set of four short concertos -one for each of the seasons – for violin soloist and orchestra.  Remarkably evocative and programmatic, each concerto was originally published with an accompanying sonnet, descriptive of the season.  Each concerto depicts the events of the season, with unusually colorful and creative writing for the orchestra.  For instance, trills in the violins depict the birds in spring; rapid scales illustrate lightning in summer; plucking strings call to mind raindrops in winter.  These original effects, along with magical writing for the orchestra and soloist, have made “The Four Seasons” amongst the most popular and most performed of all Baroque compositions.   For this performance, Paul Thompson will narrate the sonnets that accompany “The Four Seasons.”On the second half of the concert, the orchestra will present the late, great “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  This work was composed along with Mozart’s Symphonies No. 39 and 41 in a remarkably short six-week period in the summer of 1788.  These three symphonies are Mozart’s final three compositions in this genre, and they contain some of the most profound and moving of Mozart’s instrumental writing.  The “Symphony No. 40” is an intensely dramatic work, with highly-charged rhythms, instantly recognizable melodies, and intense contrasts of dynamics and harmonies.  It was a very important and influential work for later composers; Beethoven in particular admired the composition.Featured violinist for this concert, Liesl Schoenberger, is originally from Cape Girardeau.  Her concerts have taken her well beyond the Midwest with performances at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and the Grand Old Opry, as well as throughout Europe.  Schoenberger earned her bachelor of music degree and master of music degree from Indiana University under the instruction of Mimi Zweig and Mauricio Fuks and is currently pursuing an artist diploma from Yale University as a student of Ani Kavafian. The Vivaldi “Four Seasons” concert is the final concert this spring of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s 2009-2010 Symphony Series at the River Campus.  Tickets are available by calling the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265, or by visiting Metrotix.com.