Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra to Perform Classical Works April 13 at River Campus



April 2, 2008 – The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra returns to Southeast Missouri State University April 13 for the first time in 18 years to perform a program of popular and melodic classical works.

The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus.

Southeast’s Department of Music and the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts are proud to present the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as one of the touring performances during the debut year of Southeast’s River Campus. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra last performed in Cape Girardeau March 22, 1990, in the Show Me Center.

Featured on the April 13 program will be Beethoven’s Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus,” Smetana’s tone poem “The Moldau” from “Ma Vlast,” Mendelssohn’s violin concerto “Violin Concerto in E Minor,” and Schumann’s Symphony Number 3 “The Rhenish” Symphony.

Conducting the orchestra will be Delta David Gier, music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, who is making his debut with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra this month, along with Celeste Golden, who will present a solo violin performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

Gier, who earned a master of music degree in conducting from The University of Michigan under Gustav Meier, has been called a dynamic voice on the American music scene, recognized widely for his penetrating interpretations of the standard repertoire and his passionate commitment to new music. During his first three seasons with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra enjoyed great success with its series of concerts featuring works of Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. This program was highlighted by the Wall Street Journal as, “an unprecedented programming innovation.” This season, Gier has been asked to conduct all of the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts, the first conductor to do so in more than 50 years. These innovative programs continue to be the forerunner in introducing new audiences to classical music.

In the summer of 2000, Gier conducted the New York Philharmonic in performances of Stravinsky’s ballet suite from “The Firebird” (1945). He came to national attention in 1997 while conducting a tour of “Carmen” for San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater. For the past 10 seasons, Gier has been an assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic and has served in that role for the Metropolitan Opera as well. As a Fulbright Scholar from 1988–1990, Gier led critically acclaimed performances with many orchestras of Eastern Europe.

As a student at Tanglewood and Aspen, Gier has studied with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Erich Leinsdorf, and Seiji Ozawa, and was later invited by Riccardo Muti to spend a year as an apprentice at the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gier also has served as a teacher and conductor in many highly regarded music schools, serving as visiting professor at the Yale School of Music, the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, the San Francisco Conservatory and SUNY Stony Brook.

Golden, Bronze Medalist in the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, began her musical studies at the age of three and made her orchestral debut at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas, at 11. Since then, she has performed to acclaim with numerous orchestras around the world, including the Latvian Chamber Orchestra in Riga, Latvia; Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; Amadeus Chamber Players in Hannover, Germany; Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia in Brussels, Belgium; Knoxville Symphony Orchestra; Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra; Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra; Aspen Music Festival Sinfonia Orchestra; American Academy of Conducting Orchestra; and the Waco Symphony Orchestra.

Golden has been a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Germantown, Tenn., under conductor Michael Stern. She received a master of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with David Cerone and Paul Kantor. She completed her bachelor of music degree at The Curtis Institute of Music in 2005.

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra has been a source of pride for the St. Louis region since its founding in 1880, its reputation as a first-tier orchestra earned through generations of excellent performances, a mastery of wide-ranging repertoire, and a tradition of partnering with leading musical artists from around the world. The Orchestra strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection.

Releases by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra have met with critical acclaim and have been honored with six Grammy Awards and 56 Grammy nominations.  In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Symphony Hall, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra is an integral part of the St. Louis community.

Although the

April 13 concert is sold out, tickets occasionally become available at the last minute. For more information, or to be placed on a waiting list, please contact 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.