CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 28, 2015 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will perform its Gala Season Opener at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
Special guest soloists for this concert will be the husband and wife duo Liesl Schoenberger Doty, violin, and Karl Doty, string bass. Liesl and Karl are tremendously exciting, versatile and gifted musicians, and will be featured soloists in works for violin, string bass and orchestra. Also on the program will be the ever-popular “New World Symphony” by Romantic composer Antonin Dvorak.
The concert will open with the rousing “Light Cavalry Overture” by Franz von Suppé, featuring brilliant brass fanfares and memorable melodies. Next on the program will be the beloved “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” for violin and orchestra by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. This work is a true showcase for the solo violinist, with its lyrical melodies and exciting passagework. The final two pieces on the first half of the program will feature Liesl and Karl as violin and string bass soloists with the orchestra. They will perform the charming “Grand Duo for Violin, String Bass, and Orchestra,” composed by the 19th century bass virtuoso Giovanni Bottesini. Finally, the first half of the concert will conclude with an arrangement of “Souvenir d’Amérique,” otherwise known as “Variations on Yankee Doodle” by the Belgian violinist Henri Vieuxtemps. Vieuxtemps toured America in the 1840s and was so enchanted with the melody “Yankee Doodle” that he wrote a set of variations on this tune for solo violin and accompaniment. For this evening’s concert, Karl has created his own arrangement, incorporating a solo bass as well as a solo violin part in the set of variations.
The second half of the concert will feature a performance of one of the most famous and beloved symphonic works of all time: the “New World Symphony” by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Dvorak came to the United States at the invitation of music benefactor Jeanette Meyers Thurber, to be the director of the newly founded National Conservatory of Music in New York City. Dvorak served as the director of the Conservatory of Music from 1892-1895. During his time in America, he wrote his ninth symphony, “From the New World,” which incorporated Native American and African-American musical influences, in addition to his distinctly Czech musical style. This glorious work unfolds from its opening plaintive cello melody to the brilliant brass fanfare in the final movement, and continues to move and inspire audiences today.
“We are so excited about this upcoming concert,” noted Sara Edgerton, conductor of the Southeast Missouri Symphony. “It will be a great joy to welcome back Liesl Schoenberger Doty as our guest soloist; and how exciting that she will be joined by her brilliantly gifted husband, string bass player Karl Doty. I think the audience will be thrilled to hear them play. It is not every day that one can hear such a talented husband and wife duo. And, the final work on the program — the “New World Symphony” — is such a wonderful piece of music, both for our performers on stage and for our listeners. I think everyone will absolutely love the music being programmed, and will be thrilled with our wonderful soloists.”
Liesl and Karl are both very much in demand as musicians; they both perform with the highly regarded, Grammy-nominated ensemble, A Far Cry. In addition, both young musicians have performed throughout the United States and in Europe, and have performed in such halls as Carnegie Hall (New York City); the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and as members of such orchestras as the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
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 RiverCampusEvents.com.