Past: Southeast's River Campus Presents 'Gala Season Opener: An All-Beethoven Program with Special Guest Liesl Schoenberger Doty'

Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall

The Southeast Missouri Symphony will be presenting its Gala Season opening concerts with an all Ludwig van Beethoven program, in celebration of the 250th birthday of this iconic composer. Special guest artist for both concerts will be violinist Liesl Schoenberger Doty.

The program will open with selections from Beethoven’s “Twelve German Dances.” These short, attractive dances were written in 1795 in Vienna, Italy, early in Beethoven’s career. With strong rhythmic impulses, rapid changes of mood, and innovative instrumentation, these dances illustrate Beethoven’s creativity even in these short, accessible styles of composition.

Next, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s two “Romances” for Violin and Orchestra, in G Major and in F Major. These two works give the violin soloist beautiful, expressive melodies against a backdrop of harmonious orchestral accompaniment. These works were also written and premiered in Vienna, and they are still as popular and appealing today as they were when first performed more than 200 years ago.

During the second half of the concert, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “First Symphony.”  This is another composition from Beethoven’s early Viennese period, and he started work on this piece as early as 1795, and it premiered in 1800. With this symphony, Beethoven makes a bold new statement about music in general and orchestral music in particular. It certainly follows the blueprint of symphonic composition as found in the music of Haydn and Mozart, but develops this form in many ways. Introductory sections are mysterious, dynamics are expanded, emotions and expression are heightened, and concluding sections add tension before resolving the narrative. All four movements are full of verve, energy, and excitement, which are expressive qualities that continued to dominate in Beethoven’s symphonic career.

Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place. Due to capacity limits, patrons are encouraged to reserve their seats early.

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., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at


Past Dates & Times

Monday, October 12, 2020, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7:30 pm


Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall
518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, MO