CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 25, 2013 – The Southeast Wind Symphony and the Jackson Senior High School Wind Symphony will perform “Liturgy and Litany” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
“I’m hopeful that the audience gains access to music that is familiar to them. Most of the program is full of hymns, carols and tunes that are familiar to American heritage. Also, I hope they gain exposure to the talent and commitment of some of our local public school instrumental musicians and the work of the Southeast Department of Music instrumentalists,” said Martin Reynolds, conductor of the Wind Symphony, assistant professor and director of bands at the University.
The Jackson Senior High School Wind Symphony, conducted by Tom Broussard, will perform during the first half of the program. The high school wind symphony will perform one of the last pieces written by composer Pavel Chesnokov, “Salvation is Created.”
Another selection will be Philip Sparke’s “A Medieval Christmas,” a conglomeration of three popular Christmas songs. The first half of the performance will conclude with the lively and upbeat “Saint’s Hallelujah,” composed by George Frederick Handel and arranged by Luther Henderson.
The second half of the performance will feature undergraduate musicians from Southeast. Most of the members are music majors or minors, although some students are in other disciplines. Lori Shaffer, an instructor of voice in the Department of Music at the University, will accompany the Southeast Wind Symphony.
Selections will include a variety of old and new songs — “Toccata Marziale,” a wind literature classic composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams and “Organ Fugue in G minor,” a classic created in the 18th century by Johann Sebastian Bach. Other pieces will include “Angels in the Architecture,” and “Amen” by composer Frank Ticheli.
“Allerseelen,” Richard Strauss’ 19th-century piece about a man trying to reconcile with his former lover will be performed, along with “Were You There,” a traditional African-American spiritual set by Fred J. Allen.
“I would like to invite the Southeast administration, faculty, staff and students to come enjoy the program. It will be a great evening of music making,” Reynolds said.
The Southeast Wind Symphony performs the highest level of wind literature, including standard wind band and contemporary literature. The band performs two concerts per semester at the River Campus.
Auditions for the ensemble are held at the beginning of each semester and are open to majors and non-majors. Fifty-two of the top brass, percussion and woodwind players on the Southeast campus are selected.
“I have found our rehearsals and preparations to be uplifting and increasingly musical. The musicianship quality of the individual members and the group as a whole is very much a high priority for me,” Reynolds said.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at RiverCampusEvents.com.