Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra to Present ‘Symphony Sampler’ Sept. 15


The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present its annual “Symphony Sampler” concert on Sunday, Sept. 15, offering an informative and free preview to the upcoming 2019-2020 symphony season.

This concert will provide a brief overview of the season ahead and introduce the various sections of the orchestra.  Drawings for free tickets to upcoming concerts will be held, and patrons will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the upcoming symphony concerts. The “Symphony Sampler” concert is free and open to the public and is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus.

The program will feature several musical selections from the repertoire planned for the 2019-2020 season, including excerpts from Franz Schubert’s famous “Unfinished Symphony” and Sibelius’ “Karelia Suite.” Also on the program will be music by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and a short excerpt from the popular “Star Wars Suite” by John Williams.  The orchestra will also perform the opening sections from the beautiful “Violin Concerto” by Tchaikovsky, featuring Dr. Sophia Han, faculty member at Southeast, as violin soloist.

“This program should be a fun and informative introduction to the Southeast Missouri Symphony,” commented Dr. Sara Edgerton, the conductor of the symphony.  “We are very excited about the diverse programming of our upcoming season, from the glorious ‘Unfinished Symphony’ by Schubert, written almost 200 years ago, to modern, popular music by such composers as John Williams and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  This short concert will provide an intriguing preview of some of the thrilling music ahead for the Southeast Missouri Symphony and our audiences in 2019-2020!”

The program will also include a brief demonstration of the different sections of the orchestra to show how all the various instruments create the amazing range of sounds and expression found in the symphony orchestra.

“This will be a great opportunity for families to introduce their children to the wonderful sounds of the symphony orchestra,” Edgerton said. “We certainly welcome everyone to join us for this informative, short, 45-minute concert to start off our new concert season!”

For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.