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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 14, 2003-The Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Southeast Missouri State University will feature the talents of soprano, Lori Shaffer, and composer, Robert Fruehwald, at a concert scheduled for March 27 on campus.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Academic Auditorium.

Shaffer will perform American composer Bernard Gilmore's "Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Band," which includes the following songs, each sung in their original language: "Mrs. McGrath" (Irish), "All the Pretty Little Horses" (English), "Yerakina" (Greek), "El Burro" (Spanish) and "A Fidler" (Yiddish).

Fruehwald has chosen the melodies of nineteenth century musician and composer, Anthony Philip Heinrich, as the inspiration for a new work entitled "A Farmington Divertimento."

Shaffer has been an instructor of voice at Southeast since 1995 and in the Southeast Missouri Music Academy since 1992. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa and has done graduate work at the University of Iowa and Mannes College of Music in New York. Shaffer has performed with the Light Opera of Manhattan, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and the Choral Symphony Society of New York. In addition to concert appearances in Iowa, New Jersey, Kansas, Missouri, and London, England, Shaffer has sung locally in performances of Handel's "Messiah," Haydn's "Creation", the "Faure Requiem" and the "Seven Last Words of Christ" by Dubois.

Fruehwald has degrees from the University of Louisville, California Institute of the Arts, and Washington University in St. Louis. His compositions have appeared on concerts sponsored by Calarts New Music Festival, Kentucky Composers Concerts, Western Illinois New Music Festival, St. Louis Symphony Discovery Series, FootNotes Dance Theater, National Flute Association, Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, United Nations, and Memphis Symphony Orchestra. This is his third composition written for and premiered by the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The ensemble performed his "Nova Mater" for the 1995 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference.

Also included on this concert will be Percy Grainger's beautifully melodic "Colonial Song" and John Philip Sousa's march "The Fairest of the Fair."

The old hymn, "Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling," serves as the basis for an extremely moving and poignant work by American composer David Gillingham. Gillingham has used this hymn to "…draw the listener into the music and toward a closer understanding of the pain and suffering…" brought about by the AIDS disease.

The numerous invitations that the Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble has received to perform at state and regional conferences are indicative of the respect this group has received both for quality of performance and innovative programming. The group has presented 10 world premieres and more than a dozen American premieres and has performed for both the Missouri Music Educators and the College Band Directors National Association. The group has also been featured on several compact discs, the latest of which is a new release entitled "Southeast Symphonic Wind Ensemble LIVE."

Parking for the concert will be available in the Dempster lots (Harrison College of Business) with shuttle bus service to Academic. Handicapped parking is available behind Academic, with street-level elevator access.

General admission is $6. Tickets for senior citizens are $5, and student tickets are $4. University faculty and student tickets are $5.

For more information call (573) 651-2141.


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