The Southeast Missouri Symphony will present a program of music, “Mozart and More!,” on March 9 and 10.
Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. 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 program will include several distinctive works by the great classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Also featured will be this year’s student winners of the Concerto and Aria Competition, Ethan Brown (marimba) and Charles Hrdlicka (clarinet). This year’s Concerto and Aria Competition attracted 19 student contestants in such areas as voice, French horn, trumpet, flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, violin, cello, string bass and percussion.
The program will open with Mozart’s energetic and lively “Impresario Overture, K. 486.” Following the Mozart overture, clarinetist Charles Hrdlicka will perform the expressive “Adagio” from the Clarinet Concerto by Franz Krommer. The first half of the program will conclude with the majestic and celebrated “Allegretto” movement from Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous “Symphony No. 7.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will again be featured when the orchestra performs Mozart’s light-hearted, buoyant “Symphony No. 29 in A Major.” Emmanuel Séjourné’s contemporary work, “Concerto for Marimba and Strings,” will be performed by the orchestra with soloist Ethan Brown. An expressive piece with soaring harmonies and melodies, it is captivating to hear in performance.
“We are very excited about our upcoming ‘Mozart and More!’ concerts,” said Dr. Sara Edgerton, conductor of the Southeast Missouri Symphony. “Mozart is such a creative genius, and it is always a pleasure to rehearse and perform his marvelous music. It is also exciting to perform composers who were from a very similar background and time period, Krommer and Beethoven. Though Beethoven and Krommer were both slightly younger than Mozart, there is a wonderful connection and flow amongst the pieces on these concerts that I think everyone will enjoy and appreciate. For complete contrast, the amazing Emmanuel Séjourné concerto will thrill our audiences as well. Come and hear the beautiful ‘Mozart and More!’ programs, with beautiful classical era music and the astounding talents of Ethan Brown and Charles Hrdlica!”
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 RiverCampus.org.