Eighth Grader to Perform Benefit Concert in Shuck Recital Hall



July 1, 2008 – Eighth grade student Matthew Thompson will perform a special benefit concert July 16 for the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming tour to China in May of 2009.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall located in the Seminary Building at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. 

Matthew will perform a short program of music for flute, accompanied on the piano by his father, Paul Thompson, who is a faculty member in Southeast’s Department of Music. The program will include a number of expressive and characteristic pieces for flute and piano. The audience will hear a diversity of compositions, such as Mozart’s ethereal “Andante in C Major,” the jazz-inspired “Out of the Cool” by contemporary composer David Heath and the impressionistic “Sicilienne” by Gabriel Faure. Also on the program will be chamber music featuring flute duos and a special trio for two flutes and cello.

Matthew was inspired to prepare a special benefit concert as a result of hearing about the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming China tour. Both of his parents areinvolved in the tour; Dr. Sara Edgerton is the orchestra’s conductor, and Paul Thompson will perform as a member of the orchestra. Matthew felt this would be an exciting summer project for himself in sharing his love of music with others, while raising funds for the orchestra’s travels.  

Matthew has been playing the flute for three years. He regularly performs with his school band at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School in Cape Girardeau. As a sixth grader, he placed fifth in the flute section in the Southeast Missouri All-District Junior High Band, and last year he placed second in the flute section. He frequently performs solo works and accompanies his school in school masses, along with performing for St. Vincent de Paul Church in Cape Girardeau. Matthew also has performed flute solos in New York. He studies flute through the Music Academy of Southeast Missouri State University, where he is a student of Candice Summers.

The concert is open to anyone who would like to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the flute. There is no admission charge; however, donations to the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra China tour will be gratefully accepted. Further information about the tour and the orchestra’s upcoming 2008-2009 concert season also will be available. For more information, contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.