‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Neal E. Boyd to Appear in Concert with Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra


Tickets Go on Sale Dec. 1

Photo of Neal E. Boyd performing in concert

“America’s Got Talent winner,” Neal E. Boyd, will be a special guest artist at a Symphonic Pops Concert Feb. 5 at the River Campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 24, 2009 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce an upcoming Symphonic Pops Concert featuring special guest artist, “America’s Got Talent winner,” Neal E. Boyd, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus.

Boyd is an alumnus of Southeast Missouri State University who has leapt to national and international fame with his stellar appearances on “America’s Got Talent” last year.  As noted on his Web site, he has fans throughout this country, with highly successful concert tours, a recently released CD produced by Decca Records, and more than a million views of his videos on You Tube.  Growing up in Sikeston, Mo., Boyd remains very proud of his hometown and his home state, and he is very excited about performing at Southeast’s new River Campus, said Sara Edgerton, director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will include a selection of light classics and symphonic pops played by the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra. Boyd will join the orchestra in performing several of his most beloved solos.  

This concert is being presented as a special event and is not part of any regular subscription series presented at the River Campus.  Tickets for this concert will go on sale beginning

Dec. 1 and can be purchased by calling the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

“We live in a difficult time when it’s sometimes hard to find hope,” Boyd said. “What I want to do with my music is to provide some little spark of hope; all you need is one little switch to make your heart move again.”

And ever the patriot, he adds: “I love my town, I love my state of Missouri, and I absolutely love America.  It’s truly the greatest country on earth. Now, my opportunity is to make my country proud. I hope I can.”

“Please join us for this special, one-night only concert with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, featuring ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner, and Missouri’s very own, Neal E. Boyd!” Edgerton said.