‘Symphony Sampler’ to Offer Preview of Orchestra Season


VP-Music-SESOCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 8, 2015 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present its annual “Symphony Sampler” concerts on Sunday, Sept. 20, providing an informative and free preview to the upcoming 2015-2016 symphony season.

The symphony will perform two short concerts, starting at 2 p.m. and repeating the same program again at 3 p.m., to introduce the music to be performed this year.  These short concerts will also provide a brief introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Drawings for free tickets to the upcoming concerts will be held, and patrons will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the upcoming symphony concerts.   The “Symphony Sampler” concerts are free and open to the public.  The concerts will take place in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus.

“This program should be a fun and informative introduction to the Southeast Missouri Symphony,” said Dr. Sara Edgerton, the conductor of the symphony.  “We will perform a variety of excerpts of music from our concert season.”

The Symphony Sampler concerts will include short selections from Dvorak’s famous “New World Symphony,” the Overture to Handel’s timeless masterpiece, “Messiah,” as well as a number of other contrasting excerpts.  The program will also include a brief demonstration of the different sections of the orchestra, to show how all the various instruments create the amazing range of sounds and expression found in the symphony orchestra.

“This would be a great opportunity for families to introduce their children to the wonderful sounds of the symphony orchestra,” observed Edgerton.  “We certainly welcome everyone to join us for these informative, fun, short concerts to start off our new concert season.”

For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.