Wind Symphony Presenting Concert Dec. 8


by News Bureau on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 28, 2011 – The Southeast Missouri State University Wind Symphony will present its second concert of the 2011-2012 academic year at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance at Southeast’s River Campus.

Highlighting the concert will be a performance of “Foundry” by American composer John Mackey.  Twelve members of the Wind Symphony will play percussion instruments constructed from items “found” and discarded from around campus or town, according to Dr. Martin Reynolds, director of bands.

“The composer gives some guidelines like metal or wood sounds, but it is up to us as to what we use,” he said. “We’ve created some interesting ‘musical’ instruments. One is a stack of metal that is played with a hammer. Another is stainless steel mixing bowls beat with sticks. Another is various types of wooden pieces cut to various lengths and widths played with a rawhide mallet.”

In addition, the Wind Symphony will perform “Concertino for Percussion and Band” by deceased Arkansas composer J. Clifton Williams; “Sinfonia Nobilissima” by retired Tennessee Tech music faculty member Robert Jager; and “Bayou Breakdown,” a “Cajun” fugue in the style of J.S. Bach by Northern Kentucky University music faculty member Brant Karrick. The Wind Symphony also will present “Song for Japan” by Steven Verhelst, an emotionally moving and reflective work that follows the Japanese earthquake disaster, and “Funiculi, Funicula” by Luigi Denza.

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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