CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Nov. 11, 2008 – The Southeast Missouri State University’s Wind Symphony will perform its last fall semester concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
The program will include the Chamber Winds playing “American Tapestry” by Daniel Kallman and “Dance Mix” by Rob Smith.
The wind symphony will be performing “Three Japanese Dances” by Bernard Rogers and will feature Leslie Jones, associate professor at Southeast, on mezzo-soprano, “Elsa’s Precession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner, “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Reed, “Greensleeves” arranged by Alfred Reed, and “Black Horse Troop” by John Philip Sousa.
“I wanted to play some wind chamber music to encourage the students to participate in a chamber ensemble. We encourage all our students to participate in various bands. Playing in a chamber ensemble allows the performer to be a soloist and ensemble player at all times,” said Barry Bernhardt, director of university bands.
Bernhardt joined the Southeast Missouri State University’s faculty in 1990. Currently, he conducts the Southeast Wind Symphony, the Southeast Chamber Winds, the University Concert Band, the Golden Eagles Marching Band, and the Southeast Show Band. He also teaches several classes, which includes “Instrumental Conducting & Wind Literature,” “Marching Band Techniques 1 & 2” and “Jazz Appreciation.”
“I wanted to play some of the ‘favorites’ from the wind band repertoire. The ‘Three Japanese Dances’ were originally written for symphony orchestra in 1953 and later rescored for wind band at the request of conductor Frederick Fennell for the Eastman Wind Ensemble in 1955. “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” was also originally an orchestral work and later rescored for wind band in the 1950s. Both pieces have been the top works for wind band for over 50 years,” Bernhardt said.
The Southeast Student Brass Quintet will provide pre-concert music in the atrium of the Cultural Arts Center.
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., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets also may be purchased at all MetroTix outlets, visit online at MetroTix.com, keyword “wind symphony” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.