The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will combine with Southeast’s University Choir and Choral Union for a performance at 7:30 p.m. May 3 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.
A pre-concert talk will be presented by Dr. Robert Fruehwald, professor of music, at 6:45 p.m. in the Performance Hall. The pre-concert talk is free to all ticket holders of the performance.
The concert will open with “‘Spitfire’ Prelude and Fugue” by 20th-century British composer, William Walton. Originally written as part of the film score for the patriotic film, the “First of the Few,” released in 1942, the “‘Spitfire’ Prelude and Fugue” opens with a brilliant fanfare, followed by an energetic march. Vigorous themes are presented in the fugal section, which ends with a triumphant re-statement of the opening march. This film music has become a very popular overture presented on the concert stage.
The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will subsequently perform the final movement of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, arranged for orchestra and saxophone. A gently classical movement, the last movement of this concerto has an elegant minuet rhythm and beautiful themes in the solo saxophone. The first half of the program will conclude with the first movement of Jean Sibelius’ “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.” Jean Sibelius is the most notable composer from Finland, and his richly expressive concerto explores an immense range of emotions, from the dark and melancholic to soaring, virtuosic fireworks.
The second half of the concert will feature the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Southeast University Choir and Choral Union in a performance of the beloved “Requiem” by John Rutter. Composed in 1985, this beautiful choral and orchestral work is a serene, inspired work for full orchestra and choir. Incorporating both Latin texts and religious texts in English, this composition has become, in the words of Oxford University Press, “one of the best-loved and most widely performed choral works of the 20th century.”
Student winners of the collegiate Concerto and Aria Competition and the new “Rising Star” pre-collegiate Concerto Competition also will be featured. Southeast student Ethan Flood of Steele, Mo., saxophonist, and pre-collegiate winner, Stephanie Zyzak, violinist, will perform concerto movements by Mozart and Sibelius.
Flood, featured soloist, is currently a junior at Southeast, where he is pursuing a bachelor of music education degree as well as a bachelor of music performance degree on the saxophone. He is a saxophone student of Dr. Michael Dean. Flood’s performance experiences include playing in the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Wind Symphony, the Studio and Jazz Lab Bands at Southeast and the Golden Eagles Marching Band.
Zyzak, another featured soloist, is a high school senior from Chicago, Ill. She began her violin studies at the age of four. She is a merit scholarship student with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University and is a member of the Violin Virtuosi group. At age seven, she made her first solo appearance with the Starling Chamber Orchestra in the Aspen School and became the youngest recipient of the Aspen Music School New Horizon Fellowship.
In 2004, she made her professional solo debut with the Louisville Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Robert Franz. She was extended an invitation to perform again with the Louisville Orchestra in 2005 and again in their 2008-2009 season. She has also appeared as soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (2008 and 2009), Dayton Philharmonic (2009), and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2009). In 2008, she appeared on the Prairie Home Companion Show with Garrison Keillor. Over the years, she has soloed and toured in Germany, Russia, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Italy and France.
Zyzak was a first prize winner in numerous competitions including the Louisville Orchestra Young Artist Competition, WUOL 90.5 Young Artist Competition, OMTA All-State Buckeye Competition, Dayton Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, the Blue Ash Orchestra Young Artist Competition and the MTNA Ohio State Competition. She was a second prize winner of the 2008 and 2009 Cincinnati Symphony Young Artist Competitions, and she was also a third prize winner of the 2009 Lennox International Young Artist Competition and the first prize winner of the 2010 ASTA Solo Competition (Indiana Chapter).
“This concert should be a completely delightful and enjoyable experience,” said Dr. Sara Edgerton, conductor of the orchestra. “The student soloists will give thrilling performances. Flood is performing a marvelous transcription for saxophone and orchestra. We are also very excited about presenting our first-ever ‘Rising Star’ soloist, Zyzak, who is an amazing violin virtuoso. And the beautiful ‘Requiem’ will provide an inspiring, transcendent mood for the final work on the program.”
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., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at all MetroTix outlets, just click below, or by calling toll-free (800) 293-5949.