Faculty Recital to Feature Music by British Minimalist Composers Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman at River Campus Feb. 21


Dr. Sara Edgerton

The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music will present a program of music by British minimalist composers Gavin Bryars and Michael Nyman at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall.

Performers include Southeast faculty members Dr. Sara Edgerton, cello, Dr. Joseph Jefferson, trombone and Dr. Gabby Baffoni, clarinet. They will be joined on piano by Paul Thompson and Southeast junior Jake White.

Dr. Joseph Jefferson

Thompson said Nyman and Bryars are “elder statesmen” of British minimalist composition who have each carved out “major careers outside the mainstream musical establishment.”

Dr. Gabby Baffoni

Works to be performed include “The South Downs” and “My First Homage” by Bryars, which Thompson described as lyrical and ruminative, and Nyman’s “Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds.” Nyman’s music often combines elements of Baroque music and rock, Thompson said, describing the works that will be heard during the program as “fast and loud.”

Paul Thompson

“I hope that for many in the audience this will be an enticing introduction to some fascinating and appealing music that may not be familiar to them,” Thompson said.

Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.


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  RiverCampus.org.