CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 19, 2016 – The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, University Choir and Choral Union present “Lux Aeterna,” a highly acclaimed work by American composer Morten Lauridsen, on Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
Also included on the program will be the talented winners of this year’s Concerto and Aria and Rising Star Competitions – Evan Watkins, piano, and Julie Holzen, cello, performing works by Grieg and Dvorak.
This final performance of the 2015-2016 season will feature a great deal of variety for all audiences, said Sara Edgerton, conductor of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
“This program opens with a world premiere work, continues with exciting student soloists, and concludes with wonderfully uplifting works for chorus and orchestra,” said Edgerton. “This is definitely a program that will have something for everyone.”
The concert will premiere Robert Fruehwald’s work for orchestra entitled “Dangerously Slick,” an exciting overture for full symphony orchestra. Fruehwald, Southeast professor of composition, was inspired by reminiscences of southern California and his work features brass fanfares, a lively fugal section and complex rhythms.
Following the overture, the orchestra will perform two glorious concerto works with student soloists Watkins, this year’s winner of the Concerto and Aria Competition, and Holzen., this year’s winner of the Rising Star Competitions.
Watkins, a freshman music major at Southeast from Paducah, Kentucky, will perform the first movement of Edvard Grieg’s famous “Piano Concerto in A Minor.”
Holzen, a senior at Marquette High School in St. Louis, Missouri, will perform the first movement of Dvorak’s great “Cello Concerto in B Minor,” the greatest concerto ever written for cello and orchestra.
“Each year, our audiences look forward to hearing the student winners of our competitions, and they will definitely be amazed and inspired by the remarkable talents of Evan and Julie,” said Edgerton.
The second half of the concert will start with Dello Joio’s “A Jubilant Song.” Composed in 1945, as World War II was drawing to a close, the work celebrates life through nature, and the hope for universal peace.
The final piece on the program will be Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna,” a beautiful, harmonious work with the image of eternal light as its theme. It draws upon traditional hymns and chants for inspiration, resulting in a composition that is serene and uplifting.
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., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.