Southeast Missouri Symphony, University Choir, Choral Union Presenting ‘Mass in G Major’


VP-Music-SESOCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 17, 2014 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sara Edgerton, will join forces with the Southeast Missouri State University Choir and Choral Union, conducted by Peter Durow, to present Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G Major” on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Southeast’s River Campus.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.

Also on the program will be the evocative “London Symphony” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the festive “Blest Pair of Sirens” by Sir Hubert Parry.

The concert will open with Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 2, the “London Symphony,” which was composed in 1913.  A large-scale symphonic work in four expansive movements, this composition portrays the beauty, energy and magic of London, England.  The symphony opens with a marvelous depiction of dawn, from the slow, murmuring strings, evoking the pre-dawn hours, to the sudden eruption of fanfares signaling the arrival of the day.  Vaughan Williams portrays the beloved city of London throughout the first movement, with its bustling tunes and brilliant orchestral writing.  The second movement is muted and mysterious, depicting “Bloomsbury Square on a November afternoon.”  The third movement, Scherzo, calls to mind London dance halls, and the final movement presents march-like tunes and references to themes from the first movement.  This movement gradually calms down and fades away; the day is done, and a sense of tranquility prevails in the city.  This glorious, magical, infinitely varied symphony truly captures the spirit of the great city of London.

Also on the program will be the famous “Mass in G Major” by the Romantic composer, Franz Schubert.  This work is Schubert’s second Mass, and was written when he was only 18 years of age.  Each movement of the Mass is beautifully crafted to convey the spiritual meaning of the text.  The concert will conclude with the choral and orchestral work, “Blest Pair of Sirens,” by English composer Parry. This work is based upon an ode by the great English poet, John Milton, and was written in 1887 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.  It enjoyed immediate success, and has been performed frequently ever since, most notably at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

This concert will also feature vocalists Sara Uhls, soprano, Alan Bruns, tenor, and Christian Boyd, bass, as soloists in the “Mass in G Major” by Schubert. Uhls and Boyd are vocal majors at Southeast Missouri State University; Bruns is currently in his ninth year as assistant principal at Cape Central Junior High School, and is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Music Education, as well as master’s and specialist’s degrees in education.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at