The Southeast Missouri State University Concert Band and Wind Symphony present their final concert of the year May 3 and 4.
Performances both days will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus. 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 May 3 concert will feature the Concert Band and a variety of chamber music selections performed by student ensembles. Additionally, students from the “Advanced Conducting” class will conduct several works.
The May 4 concert will feature the Wind Symphony and a woodwind choir. The program includes Paul Dukas’ “La Peri Fanfare,” several Leroy Anderson arrangements of traditional carols, Percy Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry,” “Overture for Woodwinds” by Philip Sparke. The program will also feature a new work entitled “Ruffle and Flourish” by David R. Gillingham, which takes just a minute and a half to play but contains enough notes for an entire concert.
The highlight of the May 4 concert will feature Dr. Zach Stern, assistant professor of saxophone at Southeast. Stern is a member of the internationally acclaimed Sinta Saxophone Quartet.
Stern will be featured in “Air Nostalgique” by Ted Huggins and “A Tribute to Rudy Wiedoeft,” a piece originally composed by Gunther Schuller and adapted for woodwind choir and saxophone soloist by Stern. Wiedoeft was a household name in the 1920s and is now described by historians as a symbol of the Jazz Age. The tribute to Wiedoeft will feature Wiedoeft’s “Valse Erica, “Saxarella” and “Saxophobia.”
The Wind Symphony is led this year by interim conductor Dr. Robert M. Gifford, Southeast emeritus professor of music who spent 24 years as Southeast’s Director of Bands.
The Concert Band is led this spring semester by interim conductor Josh LaMar, director of bands for Cape Girardeau Public Schools.
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.