Faculty Performing ‘Songs of Travel’ in Recital Series


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 8, 2015 – The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music presents “Songs of Travel” with Timothy Schmidt and Tim DePriest on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Southeast’s River Campus.

Timothy Schmidt, associate professor of voice in Southeast’s Department of Music, will present a recital dedicated to the theme of wanderlust. DePriest, the pianist joining Schmidt on the program, is an alumnus of Southeast who is now working on a master’s degree in collaborative piano at Southern Illinois University.

The first half of the recital will feature the “Songs of Travel,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a cycle of nine songs set to poems by Robert Louis Stevenson. The songs provide snapshots into different periods of a man’s life, the conflict between his wanderlust and the conflicting connections of love and life that tempt him to settle down. The second half of the program continues with this theme featuring songs by Hugo Wolf, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The music ranges from slow, reflective songs with lush harmonies, to fast and exciting pieces that capture the thrill and adventure of the wanderer’s life.

The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.