Week of January 28, 2002



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 25, 2001 The next concert in the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Subscription Series is scheduled for Feb. 16 in historic Old St. Vincent's Church in downtown Cape Girardeau. This concert, entitled "Inspirations from the Baroque," will feature the Southeast Chamber Orchestra in the performance of masterpieces from the Baroque and modern eras.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Tickets for the concert go on sale Jan. 28 at Southeast's Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265. Tickets also are available at the door. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2141.

Compositions by Baroque composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Georgg Philipp Telemann, as well as works by modern composers Benjamin Britten and Pablo Casals, will be presented. Gary Miller, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at Southeast, will be the featured harpsichord soloist in the composition by Bach.

The first half of the program will be devoted to two Baroque masterworks. The concert will open with the Suite in A Minor for Flute and Strings by Telemann. This composition includes a series of stylized Baroque dances, opening with a French overture. Paul Thompson, faculty member in the Department of Music at Southeast, will perform the flute solo in this composition.

Also on the program will be the famous Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 by Bach. Dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg, this composition was written by Bach in the early 1720s. The concerto features the harpsichord with brilliant, virtuosic passages for the instrument as well as a spectacular cadenza, a part that Bach would have performed himself in concert. The concerto also includes attractive solo parts for flute and violin, which will be performed by Southeast faculty members Thompson and Ronald Francois.

The second half of the program will present music written in the twentieth century, but inspired by the music of the Baroque period. The atmospheric "Song of the Birds" by legendary Spanish cellist Casals will open this portion of the concert. Baroque music, and especially the music of Bach, was a life-long inspiration for Casals. Casals was the first cellist to record the entire set of six suites for unaccompanied cello by Bach.

Concluding the concert will be the "Simple Symphony" by Benjamin Britten. Like Casals, Britten found much inspiration in Baroque music and especially the music of Bach. He patterned several compositions on Baroque models, including the "Simple Symphony," which takes Baroque dance as its inspiration. Lively dance rhythms as well as colorful orchestration and tuneful melodies have enchanted audiences with this popular composition by Britten.

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Subscription Concert Series is sponsored by Commerce Bank and Southeast Missouri State University. The University is grateful for generous support from Commerce Bank, which is enhancing Southeast's music scholarship program and is allowing the symphony orchestra to develop its personnel, programming and activities.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 25, 2002 In celebration of Black History Month, Southeast Missouri State University will host the annual Michael Davis Lecture, featuring George Curry as the keynote speaker, on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

This event recognizes the contributions of African-Americans in the media. The event also honors the late Michael Davis, a mass communications student at Southeast who died as a result of a hazing incident. The Department of Communication and Minority Student Programs are sponsoring the lecture. Admission is free. The event is open to the public.

Curry is the editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) News Service and BlackPressUSA.com. His weekly national affairs column is syndicated by NNPA to more than 200 African-American Newspapers, with a combined readership of 15 million.

Prior to joining the NNPA, Curry was editor-in-chief of Emerge: Black America's Newsmagazine from 1993 until June 2000. He is immediate past president of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the first African-American and non-New York based editor to hold the association's top office.

Curry is a frequent panelist on "Lead Story," a news analysis program that airs each Sunday on Black Entertainment Television (BET). Before taking over as editor of Emerge, Curry served as New York bureau chief and as a Washington correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Prior to joining the Chicago Tribune in 1983, Curry worked for 11 years as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and for two years as a reporter for Sports Illustrated. Under Curry's leadership, Emerge has won more than 40 national journalism awards.

As a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Curry covered the 1984 presidential campaign for Jesse Jackson and the vice presidential campaigns of Geraldine Ferraro and George Bush. In 1992, he covered the presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and vice presidential campaign of then Sen. Al Gore.

Curry has appeared on "Nightline," the "CBS Evening News" with Dan Rather, "World News Tonight" with Peter Jennings, "The Today Show," "20/20," "Good Morning America," CNN's "Talk Back Live," C-SPAN, Fox Network News and MSNBC.

Curry has helped hundreds of young people become a true voice for African-Americans. He became the founding director of the St. Louis Minority Journalism Workshop in 1977. Seven years later, he became the founding director of the Washington Association of Black Journalists' annual high school journalism workshop. In February 1990, Curry organized a similar workshop for the New York Association of Black Journalists. Curry's work with aspiring journalists has included journalism workshops for teens in Germany and in Senegal.

For more information about the Michael Davis Lecture, contact Dr. Ferrell Ervin, chair of the Department of Communication, at (573) 651-2241.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 25, 2002 -- KRCU will again offer listeners a chance to sit in on a studio recording Feb. 16, this time with Judy Domeny Bowen.

Bowen is a Rogersville, Mo., native and has spent her lifetime learning the storytelling songs of Missouri's pioneers.

The studio concert begins at 7 p.m. and will be recorded for later broadcast on Your Folk Connection, heard locally on KRCU 90.9 FM, as well as three Illinois stations, WSIU 91.9 FM in Carbondale, WUSI 90.3 in Olney, and WVSI 88.9 in Mount Vernon.

Capacity for this unique engagement is limited to the first 20 registrants who call KRCU at (573) 651-5070.

A farm girl through and through, Judy's love of rural living has influenced her selection of contemporary songs and flavors her original compositions. Listeners will delight in hearing stories and songs about the animals on her farm and the seasons of the year as seen from a farmer's perspective.

A longtime teacher, Judy writes songs that make educators (or anyone who has ever been a student) laugh out loud.

KRCU 90.9 FM is the region's only source for folk music. Find out more by visiting us on the web at KRCU.ORG or YOURFOLKCONNECTION.ORG.

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