River Campus Season Tickets on Sale


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Season ticket sales open to the public May 28 for the 2008-2009 season of the River Campus.

EDITORS’ NOTE: For images, please contact Amanda Thornberry at (573) 651-2682.


May 19, 2008 – Season ticket sales open to the public May 28 for the 2008-2009 season of the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. This second season promises another year of outstanding performances by the departments of Music, and Theatre and Dance, as well as professional touring companies.

“We have again striven to create a series with something that will appeal to everyone with musicals like ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Hairspray’ combined with the acrobatics of Cirque Eloize and ‘Cinderella’ by the Russian National Ballet,” explains Amanda Thornberry, marketing manager of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.  “One of our goals is to inspire students as well as audience members, which is why we have selected the theme, ‘The more you see, the more inspired you become!’”

Master season tickets orders will be filled in advance of individual series ticket orders and are all inclusive of the three series: Touring, Symphony, and Theatre and Dance. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale June 30 after season ticket sales end June 27. For more information on the 2008-2009 second season at River Campus, visit www.semo.edu/rivercampus.

“We are urging people to order their season tickets by June 27 to receive their first choice of seats,” said Box Office Manager Ellen Farrow. “However, we want to be sure subscribers understand the process. We are taking seating preferences in the order in which requests are received, but no seats will be officially assigned until season ticket sales end June 27.  This allows us to assign seats for the individual series while still giving Master season ticket holders first priority.

“Season ticket holders can retain their seat location from year to year, with the option to move to better seats when available,” Farrow added. “Season ticket patrons also receive top seating priority for special events. The majority of our season ticket holders are renewing, so we urge everyone to order as soon as possible.”

Season tickets may be ordered by mail or in person at the River Campus Box Office located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 South Fountain Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The River Campus Box Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached by phone at (573) 651-2265.Seating in the Bedell Performance Hall is divided into two prices ranges.  Top price seats include the orchestra and first balcony; lower price seats include the mezzanine and second balcony.  Tickets for the Touring Series are $261 and $219. Tickets for the Theatre and Dance Series are $84 and $75.  Tickets for the Symphony Series are $107 and $78.  Tickets for the Master Series (all three series) are $452 and $372.

Tickets for The Moscow Ballet: “Nutcracker” are $49 and $39. This is a special event, not included on any series, and must be ordered separately.

To view a diagram of the Bedell Performance Hall, visit www.semo.edu/rivercampus/tickets/seatinginfo.htm

Tickets for individual events will go on sale Monday, June 30 through the River Campus Box Office, all MetroTix outlets, [www.metrotix.com], or by calling MetroTix at (800) 293-5949. Special orders for handicapped, group sales, or adjustments to existing orders will be handled only by the River Campus Box Office.

A printable version of the River Campus 2008-2009 season brochures is available online at www.semo.edu/rivercampus/events.


Gala Season Opener: David Halen and Jonathan Vinocour, guest soloists; Music by Mozart and Beethoven. Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra opens its concert season with a spectacular concert featuring the stellar artistry of David Halen, concertmaster, and Jonathan Vinocour, principal violist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.  This amazing duo joins the symphony in a performance of Mozart’s sublime “Sinfonia Concertante.”  Beethoven’s dramatic “Fifth Symphony” also will be performed on this thrilling gala opener.

“Peter and the Wolf,” also featuring the University Choir and Choral Union in “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast.” Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. The symphony orchestra presents Prokofiev’s enchanting “Peter and the Wolf,” a story in music.  Southeast’s University Choir and Choral Union (Dr. Steven Hendricks, conductor) will join the symphony for a performance of the celebrated “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast” by English composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. The River Campus welcomes back the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, which presented a fabulous performance last season. The Symphony is recognized internationally, performing a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit.

“Lincoln Portrait.” March 3, 7:30 p.m. The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra celebrates the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth with Copland’s moving composition, “Lincoln Portrait.”  This concert also will present the evocative Afro-American Symphony by the great American composer, William Grant Still. Inspiring music with an American theme will be performed in honor of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

Haydn “Nelson” Mass, with 2008-2009 Concerto and Aria Soloists. April 7, 7:30 p.m. Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) is one of the most famous and beloved of Classical composers.  The symphony orchestra will join with Southeast’s University Choir and Choral Union (Dr. Steven Hendricks, conductor), in this performance of Haydn’s “Nelson” Mass, commemorating an important naval victory by the British commander, Lord Nelson.  Also on the program will be the 2008-2009 student winners of the Concerto and Aria Competition.

China Tour Preview. May 5, 7:30 pm. The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra is preparing for its first international tour, with concerts in Shanghai and Beijing in late May 2009.  This China Tour Preview will provide a sampling of its China concert repertoire, with an eclectic program of Baroque, Classical and contemporary works for chamber and string orchestra.  Special soloists will include Brandon Christensen, violin; Paul Thompson, flute; and Jennifer Lim Judd, piano. Next stop: China.


“The 1940s Radio Hour.” Oct. 1-4, 7:30 p.m. and Oct.  5, 2 p.m. The hit musical journey to a bygone era where the audience will experience a “live” radio broadcast from 1942.

“Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Real Inspector Hound.” Nov. 2, 2 p.m. This will be a general admission event held in the Wendy Kurka Rust Theatre. “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You,” Christopher Durang’s hit comedy explaining the basic tenets of Catholicism, coupled with Tom Stoppard’s hysterical comic parody of parlor mysteries, “The Real Inspector Hound.”  This performance contains adult content.

“Twelfth Night.” Dec. 3-5, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6, 2 and 7:30 p.m. “Twelfth Night” is a comedy by William Shakespeare, named after the Twelfth Night holiday of the Christmas season. It was written around 1601 and was first published in the First Folio in 1623.

Fall Dance Concert. Dec. 10-13, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14, 2 p.m. This will be a general admission event held in the Wendy Kurka Rust Theatre. A perennial favorite, the Fall Dance Concert features the choreography of senior dance students.

“Sweet Charity.” Feb. 25-28, 7:30 p.m. and March 1, 2 p.m. “Sweet Charity” is a Tony Award-winning musical by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, and features Bob Fosse style dancing. This performance contains adult themes.

“Angels in America.” March 26-28, April 1- 4, 7:30 pm and April 5, 2 p.m. This will be a general admission event held in the Wendy Kurka Rust Theatre. “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play that marked a turning point in the history of gay and American drama and literary culture. This performance contains adult language and content.

Dance-Apalooza. April 16-18, 7:30 p.m. and April 19, 2 p.m. Featuring the choreography of faculty and guest artists, Dance-Apalooza showcases a variety of styles such as modern, jazz, tap and contemporary ballet. Dance-Apalooza also includes repertory from New York City choreographer Robert Battle and his Battleworks Dance Company, as well as a re-construction of Doris Humphrey’s 1928 work, “Water Study.”


Battleworks Dance Company. Saturday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Founded in 2001 by Robert Battle as a platform for his choreography, Battleworks Dance Company has a repertoire of brilliantly composed and executed dances. Battleworks is now a home for dancers to work and grow. Battleworks possesses a dance vocabulary that utilizes gesture and nuance in a beautiful, unusual way. When it comes to movement, Battleworks has no boundaries in creating his imagery.

Savion Glover: “Bare Soundz.” Friday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. Savion Glover’s “Bare Soundz” is an exuberant celebration of tap dance to sound and sound to dance. Glover merges acoustical vibrations in a music mosaic hosting sounds explaining Jazz, Caribbean beats, and other contemporary musical genres.

“Sweeney Todd.” Nov. 8, 2:30 and 7:30 pm. Experience, live on stage, the musical that inspired the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp movie.  When the infamous demon barber takes up with his crafty neighbor, Mrs. Lovett, the two embark on a delicious plot to slice their way through London’s upper crust. Justice is servedᾰalong with lush melody, audacious humor, and hair-raising excitement. Don’t miss this phenomenal productionᾰwith full music and lyrics by multiple Tony-Award winner, Stephen Sondheim. This performance contains adult language and themes.

“Hairspray.” NEW DATE — March 8, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. In “Hairspray,” it’s 1962ᾰthe ‘50s are out, and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passionᾰto dance. But can a plus-size trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish a reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do? Only in “Hairspray!” Welcome to the ‘60s!

Cirque Eloize: “Nebbia.” March 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. Meaning “fog” in Italian, “Nebbia” explores the world of dreams and the imaginary. In the fog, you get lost, you find each other, but above all, you are confronted with the unexpected. “Nebbia” will plunge you into a poetic and sensitive universe, mixing acrobatics and theatre in a subtle way which has no boundaries.

“Footloose.” April 20, 7:30 p.m. In 1984, the movie “Footloose,” starring Kevin Bacon, captured the heart of America. With its youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music, “Footloose” launched a dance craze that spread across the nation.  This performance will encourage young people to dance.

Russian National Ballet: “Cinderella.” May 1, 7:30 p.m. The fairytale of Cinderella and her glass slippers is brought to life by the Russian National Ballet. Children of all ages will enjoy this beautiful three-act Ballet.


Moscow Ballet: “Great Russian Nutcracker.” NEW DATES – Dec. 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m. Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blend with the richness of Russian classical dance to make the “Great Russian Nutcracker” a memorable holiday treat for everyone.

Chronological Schedule of Season EventsOct. 1-5:  “The 1940s Radio Hour”Oct. 11:  Battleworks Dance CompanyOct. 14:  Gala Season Opener Oct. 29-31, Nov. 1-2:  “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it all For You and The Real Inspector Hound” Oct. 31: Savion Glover: “Bare Soundz”Nov.  8: “Sweeney Todd”Dec. 3-6: “Twelfth Night”Dec. 9: “Peter and the Wolf”Dec. 10-14: Fall Dance ConcertDec. 15 & 16:  Moscow Ballet: “Great Russian Nutcracker”Feb. 3: Saint Louis Symphony OrchestraFeb. 25-28: Mar 1  “Sweet Charity”March 3: “Lincoln Portrait”March 8: “Hairspray”March 10 & 11: Cirque Eloize: “Nebbia”March 26-28, April 1-5:  “Angels in America”April 7: Haydn “Nelson” MassApril 16-19:  Dance-ApaloozaApril 20: “Footloose”May 1: Russian National Ballet: “Cinderella”May 5: China Tour Preview