Symphony Series Kicks Off With Gala Season Opener at River Campus



Oct. 2, 2008 – Later this month, the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sara Edgerton, will perform a Gala Season Opening Concert in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center on Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.  This program will include music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven and will feature special guest soloists, David Halen and Jonathan Vinocour, principal players of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. The performance will take place on Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m., and will open with the rousing “Impresario Overture” by the great classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The overture was written for Mozart’s opera of the same title in German: “Der Schauspieldirektor,” which was first performed in 1786 in Vienna.   The concert will continue with one of Mozart’s most beautiful and important works for orchestra, his sublime “Sinfonia Concertante” for solo violin and viola with orchestra.  A slightly earlier work than the overture, this concerto for two strings and orchestra, dating from 1780, has great breadth of emotion, with the lyrical melodies and colorful harmonies associated with Mozart’s greatest works.   During the second half of the concert, the symphony orchestra will present one of the symphonic masterpieces of all time: Beethoven’s famous “Fifth Symphony.” Written between 1804 and 1808, this work was first performed in Vienna in December 1808.

David Halen

David Halen joined the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1991 and was named concertmaster in 1995.  He has appeared frequently as a soloist with the Saint Louis, San Francisco and Houston Symphony Orchestras, and is currently concertmaster of the famous Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.  In addition to his active orchestral and solo career, he is also artistic director of the Innsbrook Institute and has been a featured speaker at workshops with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jonathan Vinocour

Jonathan Vinocour joined the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2007 as principal violist. Prior to his appointment in St. Louis, he was the guest principal violist for the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.  Festival appearances include performances at the Marlboro, Aspen and Tanglewood Festivals. In 2006, Vinocour won first prize in the Holland America Music Society and recorded his first solo album. Jonathan Vinocour holds degrees from Princeton University in chemistry, and from the New England Conservatory in viola performance.

Tickets 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 also may be purchased online at, keyword “gala” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.