Robert Fruehwald Faculty Composition Recital March 24 at River Campus



March 17, 2009 – Robert Fruehwald, professor of composition at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall in the Seminary Building on Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

“All of the pieces on the program will be premieres. The music includes some pieces I wrote when I was a teenager, a preview of a cantata based on Mark Twain’s ‘Life on the Mississippi,’ a piccolo piece based on music from the Paris Exposition of 1889, and a flute sonata on themes by Mozart,” said Fruehwald.

Fruehwald’s compositions will be performed by Leslie Jones and Timothy Schmidt, voices; Paul Thompson, flute; Tanesha Reeves, piccolo and Matthew Yount, piano.

Fruehwald explains, “‘Life on the Mississippi’ is a cantata based on texts by Mark Twain. Our Department of Music Chairperson, Christopher Goeke suggested the idea of writing some songs based on Mark Twain when we were planning the move to the River Campus. ‘Life on the Mississippi’ seemed an appropriate source since it actually mentions the seminary building.  I’ve been working on this piece for several years now, and it has yet to take its final form. The three songs presented on this concert are a kind of scaled down preview of the work. Leslie Jones and Timothy Schmidt have my gratitude for singing these not quite finished excerpts.” 


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