Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble Presenting Final Concert of the Year


The Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present their final concert of the year, and Dr. Robert M. Gifford’s final concert at the University, in the at 7:30 p.m. April 22 in the University Center Ballroom.

This year’s “Olde-Tyme Band Concert” will be the 23rd in a long tradition of “pops-style” spring concerts, which includes the recent performance of “Stars, Stripes and Sousa!”

The musical fare for the evening will consist of “Rainbow Ripples,” featuring senior xylophone soloist Amy Vrbosky, a saxophone section feature by Warren Barker and “Lassus Trombone,” which will highlight the trombone section.

In addition, “Grace Notes,” the bell choir of Grace United Methodist Church, conducted by Ray Herring, will be the featured guest ensemble. There will also be traditional overtures, several marches and a suite of Lincolnshire folk songs by Percy Grainger. Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s entertainment will be Dr. Marlin McCutchan, emeritus professor of music at Southeast.

The numerous invitations that the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble has received to perform at state, regional and international conferences and wind music festivals are indicative of the respect this group has received both for quality of performance and innovative programming. The Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble has presented 11 world premieres and more than a dozen American premieres of works for the contemporary wind band, and has performed for both the Missouri Music Educators and the College Band Directors National Association. The group also has been featured on several compact discs, the latest of which is a new release titled, “Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble LIVE.”

Parking for the concert will be available in lots 18 and TCD just across from the University Center. Handicapped parking will be available, with street-level elevator access. Disable persons needing free transportation and who live in the Cape Girardeau area can contact the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence (SADI) by calling (573) 651-6464.

Tickets are $7 for the general public, $6 for senior citizens and Southeast faculty and staff and $5 for students. All tickets will be $7 at the door, but advanced tickets with applicable discounts are available by calling (573) 651-2265, or by visiting the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of Rose Theatre on the university campus.