The Southeast Missouri Symphony will join forces with the University Choir, Chamber Choir, and Choral Union to perform Mozart’s beautiful choral work, the Coronation Mass, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 in the Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Also on the program will be Richard Wagner’s famous Mastersinger’s Overture, as well as performances by the two student winners of this year’s Concerto and Aria Competition. As a special feature of the evening’s concert, the composer of one of the concertos to be performed, Dr. Ney Rosauro, will be on the podium to conduct his work. Rosauro is an internationally-acclaimed composer and performer: this will be a fantastic opportunity to experience a contemporary conductor on stage in this performance of his work.

The concert will open with Richard Wagner’s stirring Mastersingers Overture. Full of exciting brass fanfares and lovely melodies for winds, brass, and strings, this work has been a favorite of audiences worldwide since its composition in 1867. Next on the program, the orchestra will perform French composer Georges Hüe’s lovely Fantaisie for flute and orchestra. Written in 1913, this work shows off the range, versatility, and singing qualities of the flute, and is a popular composition for this instrument. The first half of the concert will conclude with “Reflections and Dreams,” which is movement two of Ney Rosauro’s Concerto No. 2 for Marimba. This composition draws upon Brazilian influences combined with a jazzy, improvisatory feel. Sam Barrentine, a senior Music Education Flute Major at Southeast, will perform the Georges Hüe Fantaisie; Angel Cremeens, a senior Music Performance Major on Percussion, will perform the Rosauro. Ney Rosauro will be the special guest conductor for his Marimba Concerto.

The second half of the program will feature the choral/orchestral work, the Coronation Mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This work was first performed in Salzburg, Austria, for the Easter Sunday Mass in 1779, and has subsequently been performed for a number of royal and imperial coronations, particularly for the former Imperial Court in Vienna, Austria. Its brilliance and exuberance certainly contribute to the celebratory mood of this lovely work, written by one of the greatest composers of all time. This performance will feature vocal soloists Megan Statler-Bradt, soprano, Dr. Leslie Jones, contralto, Dr. Christopher Goeke, tenor, and Dr. Timothy Schmidt, baritone, along with the choirs and orchestra. It will be conducted by Dr. Barbara Lamont.

This concert combines many appealing features and is a “must” for all music lovers to attend! It will include the annual Student Winners of Southeast’s Concerto and Aria Competition. This year’s competition attracted a record number of student entrants, performing in two rounds. Students Sam Barrentine, flute, and Angel Cremeens, marimba, were selected as this year’s winners; they will bring their talents and enthusiasm to the Bedell stage in these special performances. In addition, it is a great honor to have Ney Rosauro as the special guest conductor of his Marimba Concerto. As stated on his website, “Ney Rosauro is considered one of the most important composers for percussion of the 20th century. In 2023 he was inducted to the “Hall of Fame” of the Percussive Arts Society. Ney has given solo recitals and appeared as soloist with orchestras in more than 45 countries, and has presented workshops/residencies at some of the world’s most prestigious conservatories and universities.” And on the second half of the concert, the Mozart Coronation Mass brings together Southeast’s orchestral and choral forces in their ever-popular collaboration on stage.

“We are looking forward very much to this upcoming concert in Bedell in March,” commented Dr. Sara Edgerton, the conductor of the Southeast Missouri Symphony. “From the great Coronation Mass by Mozart, to Ney’s exciting contemporary work for marimba, there will definitely be something for everyone to enjoy! Don’t miss this special concert here at the River Campus!”

The concert will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, starting at 7:30 p.m., in the Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus. Tickets for the concert are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting the River Campus Box Office during normal office hours, by calling (573) 651-2265, or by visiting RiverCampus.org.