‘Beautiful Melodies’: A Recital for Cello and Piano Opens Recital Series


Sara Edgerton

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 31, 2015 – The Southeast Missouri State University Faculty and Guest Artists Recital Series will present “Beautiful Melodies” on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.

Featured on this recital will be faculty members Sara Edgerton, cello, and Matt Yount, piano.

The program will include a diverse sampling of works that highlight the melodic, singing qualities of the cello and piano.  From the slow, leisured opening “Adagio” by early Romantic German composer Carl Maria von Weber, to the rhapsodic early 20th century “Sonata for Cello and Piano” by British composer Frank Bridge, the recital will traverse a number of styles and nationalities in exploring lyrical music for the cello and piano.

Yount Matt

Matt Yount

“As an instrument, the cello perhaps comes closest to the human voice, in its eloquence, range, and singing ability,” said Edgerton.  “This concert really highlights the cello’s lovely tone color and range of expression.  In addition, all of the music on the program treats the cello and piano as equal partners; both the cello and piano are vital to the expressive content of the music.  So, the audience will definitely enjoy hearing the immensely expressive and beautiful tone colors of both the cello and the piano throughout the evening’s performance.”

In addition to the Weber piece, the first half of the program will feature lively music by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados and the haunting “Habanera” by French composer Maurice Ravel.  Also to be performed is the virtuosic “Pampeana No. 2” by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. After a short intermission, Edgerton and Yount will perform a lovely short work by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, and the concert will conclude with the glorious “Sonata for Cello and Piano” by Frank Bridge.

“There is a tremendous amount of variety amongst the pieces to be presented. We will be performing music by French, Spanish, German, Argentinian and English composers, and the music includes everything from extremely lively South American rhythms to the rich, almost impressionistic harmonies of the Bridge Sonata,” Edgerton said.

Tickets to the recital are now available and can be obtained by contacting the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or by visiting RiverCampusEvents.com.