The Southeast Missouri State University Wind Symphony, Chamber Choir and Choir will collaborate in presenting the first concert of the 2018-2019 Music Ensembles Series on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the Southeast River Campus.
The program will feature multiple musical selections presented in segments by the Chamber Choir, University Choir and Southeast Wind Symphony. The program will close with the combined collaboration of those ensembles with three musical selections.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity for 120 student musicians to collaborate vocally and instrumentally together in one performance,” said Dr. Martin Reynolds, professor of music and director of University bands. “This program will feature a wide variety of music and highlight memorable musical works that explore the beauty and artistry of both voices and instruments.”
The Chamber Choir will perform first, leading with “Call to Remembrance” by Richard Farrant, followed by “Motet VI: Lobet den Herrn: Alleluja” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Five Flower Songs, op. 47, 4. The Evening Primrose” by Benjamin Britten, “Neckereien” by Johannes Brahms and “Two Rossetti Songs, 2. Remember” by Stephen Paulus. The Chamber Choir portion of the evening will conclude with “Salmo 150” by Ernani Aguiar.
The University Choir will open with “Vere languores nostros” by Tomás Luis de Victoria, followed by “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord,” a traditional spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan; and “Ave maris stella” by Trond Kverno. The University Choir will conclude with “Alleluia” by Jake Runestad.
The Southeast Wind Symphony will begin with “Seven Cities of Gold” by David Lovrien and “Second Prelude from Three Preludes” by George Gershwin, arranged by John Krance.
“Trumpeter’s Lullaby” by Leroy Anderson, arranged by Phillip Lang, will feature Dr. Kevin Tague, recently appointed assistant professor of music at Southeast, on trumpet. The Wind Symphony section of the performance will conclude with “Corsican Litany” by Vaclav Nelhybel.
The last segment of the evening will be the combined performance of the Wind Symphony and choirs, beginning with the Missouri premiere of “The Lads of Wamphray Ballad” by Percy A. Grainger, edited by Chalon Ragsdale. The ballad is an update of previously lost music. The Southeast Wind Symphony is part of a commissioning project for this work, and initial performances will be presented by a very limited number of ensembles.
The performance will continue with “God of Our Fathers,” a hymn written by Missouri native Claude T. Smith in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ Declaration of Independence, and conclude with “The Promise of Living” from the opera “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland, transcribed by Thomas Duffy.
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.