CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
April 3, 2008 – The Southeast Brass Quintet will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 8 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall in the Seminary Building on Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
Featured on this recital will be works by Samuel Scheidt, J.S. Bach, John Philip Sousa and George Gershwin. On the first half, the quintet will focus on music of the Baroque era in the imitative music of Samuel Scheidt and J.S. Bach. This music contains elements of both Renaissance and Baroque forms and harmony, especially in the modal harmony in the second movement of the Scheidt. The music of Bach contains imitative elements also, but is more structurally sound in its fugal form. To close out the first half, the quintet will perform a medley of Sousa marches with unique instrumentation – the piccolo trumpet plays the piccolo solo in “Stars and Stripes.” The second half of the recital focuses solely on the opera, “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin with many well-known tunes, such as “Bess, You Is My Woman,” “I Got Plenty a Nutin'” and “Summertime.”
The Southeast Brass Quintet is a chamber ensemble comprised of three Southeast faculty members plus one student and one community member. The group is dedicated to the performance of brass chamber music from all eras. This ensemble has been in existence since the early 1990s but has been inactive for a few seasons. With the addition of Robert Conger (trombone) to the brass faculty in 2004 and the availability of Charles Kelley (tuba) and Jon Beasley (French horn), the group has been reborn. The trumpeters in the group are Marc Fulgham and Barry Bernhardt, both faculty members in the Department of Music. This group performs for many community service events around Cape Girardeau as well as pre-concert music for the Paducah Symphony.
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 online at metrotix.com, keyword “brass” or by calling toll free: 800-293-5949. For further information, please contact Marc Fulgham at (573) 651-2341.