CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 16, 2005 — Paul Thompson and Matt Yount, faculty members in the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a program of works for flute and piano by Johann Sebastian Bach at 8 p.m. Oct. 6.
The concert will be held in Old St. Vincent’s Church in Cape Girardeau. The program will comprise the four, so-called “authentic” sonatas of Bach — those in E minor, E major, A major and B minor.
These works represent the highest achievements in the Baroque musical form and were written when the transverse flute had just been newly invented. The expressive range is very wide — from Vivaldi-influenced fast movements to soulful slow movements in the galant manner.
Thompson, a graduate of the London College of Music, continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory on a French government scholarship. He earned his master’s of music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a member of the award-winning Mercury Wind Quintet. He has performed extensively in the United States and in England as a flute soloist, and he recently performed at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City.
Yount holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, a bachelor of music degree in piano performance, and a master’s degree in music education, all from Southeast Missouri State University. He has won several competitions including the Missouri Music Teacher’s Association student auditions and the Concerto and Aria Competition at Southeast Missouri State University.
Thompson is currently instructor of flute at Southeast and has given concerts as a solo artist under the auspices of the Missouri Arts Touring Program. For the last three years, Yount has served as collaborative pianist for the Department of Music. He is a full-time instructor of music for the department, teaching music appreciation and jazz appreciation courses.
Tickets for the Oct. 6 concert are available at the Performing Arts Box Office and may be ordered over the phone by calling (573) 651-2265. Ticket prices are $7 for the general public, $6 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Applicable discounts are available in advance only. All tickets will be $7 at the door.