Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra to Present ‘The Lark Ascending’ Concerts April 26-27


The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra presents “The Lark Ascending” April 26 and 27 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus.

Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place. Due to capacity limits, patrons are encouraged to reserve their seats early.

The Symphony Orchestra’s final concerts of the season offer a very exciting program, said Dr. Sara Edgerton, conductor of the Southeast Missouri State University Symphony.

“These evocative pieces inspire audiences to imagine themselves outside in the spring weather, watching birds in flight or observing the ever-changing Mississippi River,” she said. “Our fabulous soloists will also delight and enchant our listeners.”

The program will open with “Pavane pour une Enfante Defunte” by Maurice Ravel. Ralph Vaughan Williams’ popular “The Lark Ascending” will feature soloist Dr. Sophia Han, assistant professor of upper strings and concertmaster of the Southeast Symphony Orchestra. The first half of the concert will conclude with “Dargason,” the final movement of “St. Paul’s Suite” by Gustav Holst.

The second half of the concert will open with “River,” a composition by Dr. Robert Fruehwald, professor of music theory, piano and composition at Southeast. “River” will feature flautists Allison Movesian, a 2018 Southeast alumnus, and Anthony Kandilaroff, a junior music major. The program will conclude with Gabriel Fauré’s “Masques et Bergamasques,” a colorful set of dances with impressionistic harmonies.


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., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at