Robert Conger to Perform Trombone Recital with Southeast Brass Quintet at River Campus



Nov. 12, 2008 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music announces the recital of Robert Conger, associate professor of music, on trombone who will be accompanied by Matt Yount, collaborative pianist for Southeast.

In addition, there will be a special appearance by the Southeast Brass Quintet during the second half of the recital. 

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall located in the Seminary Building at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Conger’s solo performances will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “2nd Horn Concerto” on the alto trombone and the “Sonata for Trombone and Piano” by Eric Ewazen. Originally written for the French horn, the beautiful Mozart concerto was written in 1783 and is a showcase of the economy of classical style. The Ewazen piece was composed for tenor trombonist Michael Powell of the American Brass Quintet and premiered in 1993. 

During the second half of the recital, the newly reworked Southeast Brass Quintet will be the featured artists.   This ensemble now includes Conger playing the alto trombone and welcomes Southeast student Ken DeArman, junior performance major, on trombone.  The quintet is led by Marc Fulgham, professor of music, on trumpet; Barry Bernhardt, director of University bands, on trumpet; and community member Charles Kelley on tuba.

The quintet will begin by featuring Conger on “Fantastic Polka” by Arthur Pryor and also will perform works by Giovanni Gabrieli and Percy Grainger. One of most audience friendly works will be the “Music Hall Suite” by Joseph Horovitz.  This music attempts to programmatically depict life in the American Music Hall at the turn of the century.



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., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets also may be purchased at all Metrotix outlets by calling toll-free (800) 293-5949 or online, keyword “trombone” at