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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 7, 2003 - "A Victorian Evening" is being planned for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Kelsen Gallery, 13 S. Spanish, in downtown Cape Girardeau, an event that will feature music and poetry representative of the Victorian period.

Highlighting the event will be music by faculty members from Southeast Missouri State University, including Paul Thompson, Jeff Noonan, and Sara Edgerton, along with the Southeast Flute Quartet. Also performing will be Nancy Bristol, who is an active member of St. Louis' vocal community. Reading poetry will be Dr. Tom Harte, Southeast professor emeritus of speech communication and theatre, and Brooke Hildebrand, a former theatre student at Southeast Missouri State.

This fund-raising event is being sponsored by the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau, the proceeds of which will be used to help support the Glenn House, 325 S. Spanish.

Musical selections to be performed include Mauro Guilani's "Two Landler," Henry Bishop's "My Heart and Lute," Robert Browning's "How They Brought The Good News From Ghent to Aix," Lewis Carroll's "Explication from Alice in Wonderland" and "Jabberwocky" and Camille Saint-Saens' "The Swan."

The Southeast Flute Quartet will perform Friedrich Kuhlau's "Grand Quartet. Also to be performed will be Bellini's "Sad Hour of Departing," Charles Purday's "The Broken Hearts," Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade," and Stephen Foster's "Willie, We Have Missed You." Closing out the musical selections on the program will be "Salut d'Amour," Mark Twain's "Short Story," Stephen Foster's "Old Dog Tray" and Chopin's "Theme and Variations."

The program also will feature several poetry readings, including Lord Byron's "Stanzas for Music," and a portion of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Sonnets from the Portuguese." Other poetry to be featured includes Lewis Carroll's "Explication from Alice in Wonderland," Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," Percy Shelley's "Music, When Soft Voices Die," Arthur O'Shaughnessy's "Song" and Browning's "Sonnet."

The Victorian Evening will come to a close with the finale, "Home Sweet Home."

Doors for the evening will open at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres to be served at 6:30 p.m.

Admission will be by ticket only. Tickets are $25 a person and are available at the Kelsen Gallery and the Office of Drs. Pat and Jan Ruopp, 1818 Broadway. Kelsen Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Hours for the Office of Drs. Pat and Jan Ruopp are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 7:30 a.m.-noon on Fridays. To reach the Kelsen Gallery, call (573) 334-0097. To reach the Ruopps' office, call (573) 334-8884. Checks should be made payable to the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau.

Performers' Biographies

Tom Harte taught speech communication for 34 years at Southeast Missouri State University before retiring as chair of the department. He how hosts a daily classical music radio program, Caffe Concerto, on the University's NPR affiliate, KRCU, and writes a food column for the Southeast Missourian.

Nancy Bristol is an active member of St. Louis' vocal community. She has sung with the St. Louis chamber Chorus for 10 years, appearing as a soloist and on recordings with that ensemble. She has performed Renaissance and Baroque music with the Ellenwood Consort and appears regularly as a soloist with Early Music St. Louis.

Jeffrey Noonan appears in concerts playing Renaissance Lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar and 19th century guitar, as well as modern classical guitar. He performs with the Kingsbury Ensemble at Washington University, and Early Music St. Louis. Noonan directs the classical guitar program and teaches music history at Southeast Missouri State University and teaches lute at Washington University.

Sara Edgerton is professor of cello and string bass at Southeast Missouri State University, where she also directs the Southeast Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Cornell University and the Eastman School of Music, Edgerton has collaborated with composers such as Morton Subotnick and Aaron Copland on modern cello. Additionally, she is in demand throughout the country as a performer on baroque cello.

Paul Thompson is instructor of flute at Southeast Missouri State University, where he also teaches "Jazz Appreciation," "Music History" and "Victorian Studies." He is an active performer on both modern and baroque flutes and performs with the Southeast Baroque and Kingsbury Ensemble (St. Louis). Thompson is a native of Manchester, England.

Brooke Hildebrand graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1998 with a degree in speech and theatre education. In 2001, she completed a master of fine arts in acting at Western Illinois University. She recently toured the east coast with the Nebraska Theatre. Hildebrand currently teaches at Southeast and lives in Jackson with her husband Bob Clubbs and daughter Eva.

The Southeast Flute Quartet comprises Christina Van Nostrand, Cheryl Schaefer, Kim Hommel and Monica Smith, all of whom are pursuing music degrees at Southeast Missouri State in the studio of Paul Thompson. Each of the ensemble's members appears with the University Wind Ensemble and the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra and has participated in masterclasses and numerous competitions.


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