Orchestra to Present ‘Choral Masterworks’



Nov. 12, 2004 – The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present its third subscription series concert, “Choral Masterworks,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 in Academic Auditorium. 

This program features the symphony with its popular holiday choral program, in collaboration with Southeast’s Choral Union and University Choir.  This festive concert has become a tradition in Southeast Missouri, with sold-out audiences in recent years.

For this year’s program, the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sara Edgerton, will begin with an Overture to Verdi’s opera, Nabucco.  This overture will be followed by the atmospheric Eight Russian Folk Songs by Russian composer, Liadov.  The folk songs are colorfully orchestrated and feature such instruments of the orchestra as the piccolo, English horn, violas and cellos.  Included in the set of folk songs are such seasonal titles as “Christmas Carol,” and “Cradle Song.”

The second half of the program will be devoted to two major choral works, the Song of Destiny by Johannes Brahms, and Psalm 150 by Anton Bruckner.  For these pieces, the symphony will be joined by the Choral Union and University Choir, under the direction of  Steven Hendricks.  These two great works represent the high point of Romantic choral and symphonic writing.  Massive orchestral blocks of sound in the Bruckner piece, combined with a large choir, truly give the feeling of being in a vast cathedral, surrounded by the sound of a great pipe organ.  And the Brahms choral work is tuneful, warm and enchanting.  The concert will conclude with a Christmas Carol, What Sweeter Music, by the contemporary British composer John Rutter.

Tickets for this concert are now available and may be purchased by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.  Tickets will also be available at the door.