Second Concert of the Season to Feature ‘Music for Dancing’


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 14, 2003 — The Southeast Missouri State University premiere wind and percussion group, the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble, will present a concert featuring musical selections based upon folk dances at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in Academic Auditorium on the Southeast campus.

“Yiddish Dances” is described by composer Adam Gorb as “… very much a party piece, bringing together two of my abiding musical passions: the Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Klezmerᾰthe folk music of the Yiddish-speaking people.”    British composer Michael Hesketh has also created a contemporary “danceable” suite based upon folk dances from the Middle Ages.

The concert also will include a brass ensemble work conducted by senior music major Bobby Abernathy of Jackson, Mo., and the American premiere of a new march by Japanese composer Hiroshi Hoshina.

Robert Gifford, conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, said, “this is one concert that will have ‘em dancing in the aisles.”

The numerous invitations that the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble has received to perform at state, regional and international conferences and wind festivals are indicative of the respect that this group has received both for quality of performance and innovative programming.  The ensemble has presented 11 world premieres and more than a dozen American premieres of works for the contemporary wind band and has performed for both the Missouri Music Educators and the College Band Directors National Association.  In fact, the Southeast ensemble has been selected to appear as the featured collegiate wind ensemble at the 2004 MMEA Conference.  The group also has been featured on several compact discs, the latest of which is a new release entitled “Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble LIVE.”

Parking for the concert will be available in the Dempster lots (Harrison College of Business) with shuttle bus service to Academic Hall. Handicapped parking is available behind Academic Auditorium, with street-level elevator access.  Any persons with disabilities in need of free transportation and who live in the Cape Girardeau area can contact the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence (SADI) by calling 651-6464. Please call by Dec. 2 in order to schedule transportation.

Tickets are $7 for the general public; $6 for Southeast faculty, staff and senior citizens; and $5 for students. All tickets will be $7 at the door, but advanced tickets (with applicable discounts) are available by calling (573) 651-2265 or at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the lobby of Rose Theatre on the Southeast campus.