‘The Art of the Miniature’ Opens the ‘Sundays at Three’ Series Aug. 30


Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus “Sundays at Three” series will kick off the 2020-2021 season with a presentation featuring Department of Music faculty celebrating art in tiny forms, from solo and chamber music to short film.

“The Art of the Miniature” will take place at 3 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus. Musical miniatures, for this concert, will be pieces under four minutes or a set of pieces under eight minutes.

Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

“Last year, as it was time to plan the next season, I was thinking about how much I enjoy short stories and poems, and it sparked a thought — wouldn’t it be fun to celebrate music in miniature form?” said Dr. Gabrielle Baffoni, series director and assistant professor of single reeds at Southeast.

Baffoni and piano instructor Matt Yount will perform Debussy’s “Petit Piece” for clarinet and piano. Dr. Shane Mizicko, associate professor of music and director of percussion studies, will share a short piece for snare drum called “A Minute of News.”

Dr. Sophia Han, concertmaster and assistant professor of upper strings, will perform a “Quarantine Etude,” a piece written during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and lasting less than one minute.

Conductor of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Dr. Sara Edgerton and flute instructor Paul Thompson will perform “Drei Kleine Stücke” for cello and piano by Anton Webern.

Dr. Tim Schmidt, professor of music and applied voice, Dr. Barb Lamont, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, and assistant professor of trumpet Dr. Kevin Tague will perform Anthony Plog’s “Animal Ditties,” for trumpet, piano and narrator, with text from American poet Ogden Nash.

The event will also feature a screening of “The Gift,” a short film from the Department of Mass Media’s 2017 Fault Line Film Festival. It is the story of a young girl who, after having trouble connecting with her stepfather, decides to get him the perfect birthday gift. The short film was produced by Tim Garrett, a student at St. Louis Community College, and received the Audience Choice and Best Comedy awards at the 2017 Fault Line Film Festival.


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.