Caffe Concerto

Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Whether it's a morsel of Mozart, a bite of Beethoven, a helping of Handel, a dollup of Dvorak, or a scoop of Schubert, you'll find it at the Caffé Concerto. Advance reservations are not necessary.

Your server at the Caffé Concerto is Tom Harte whose culinary perspective on classical music is a natural outgrowth of his interest in food. An award-winning cook, Tom also writes a food column for the Southeast Missourian and was a founder of My Daddy's Cheesecake, a dessert emporium in Cape Girardeau.

Each sitting at the Caffé Concerto begins with a short musical hors d'oeuvre and then proceeds to a longer main course, typically a symphony. Each sitting concludes on a sweet note with a melodic dessert. Also featured on each day’s menu of finely prepared classical music is a concerto du jour. 

Like other establishments, the Caffé honors birthdays (of famous composers only), offers holiday theme menus, plays host to guest chefs and conducts special events.

If you’d like to be a Guest Chef at the Caffé . . . just give us a list of your 6-10 favorite classical works with a note about why you like them and a bit of information about yourself and we'll do the rest. Your "menu" will be featured at the Caffe and you'll be identified as the "Guest Chef" of the day.

To get started, let us know:
• A little about yourself, particularly your classical music interests.
• Identify your favorite classical works and tell us why you chose them.

Send an e-mail to - and that's it.

An exciting new musical group, the 442s, won’t be fooling around on Tuesday, April 1 when they visit Cape Girardeau to conduct workshops for students throughout the day and to give a concert performance at 7:30 that evening in the Shuck Recital Hall on the River Campus.

A contemporary string band made up of players from the St. Louis Symphony and the world of Jazz, the group specializes in blending musical genres.  They’ll also be bringing with them the talented jazz vocalist, Erin Bode.

Mark Sparks, the principal flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a concert as part of the Sundays at Three Chamber Music series at Southeast Missouri State University.

The performance is scheduled for Sunday, March 30 in the Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus at, of course, 3:00 p.m.  Sparks will be playing some familiar music by Gaubert, but also some less frequently heard pieces, including a composition by Brahms originally scored for the clarinet.

The next installment in the "Sundays at Three" series will feature violinist Ching-Yi Lin along with a group of fellow musicians from around the country for a recital of chamber music for strings.

Ching-Yi is the violin professor at Western Kentucky University. Artistic Director Brandon Christensen says that he came to know Ching-Yi through local violinist Liesl Schoenberger. Christensen noted that while he has known Ching-Yi for some time, they have never performed together until now. He is very excited about the upcoming performance.

There’s a lot going on at the Caffe Concerto in the coming weeks, but perhaps the most exciting event will occur on Tuesday, March 26 when we take the Caffe on the road to Sikeston. That day the Caffe will broadcast live from Southeast  Missouri State University’s Regional Campus there.  In addition to serving our usual fare of finely prepared classical music, we’ll chat with various people in the Sikeston area and learn first-hand what’s going on there.  It’s an opportunity for us to meet the people in our service area and for them to meet us.

KRCU will be taking their midday classical music program “Caffe Concerto” to Southeast Missouri State University’s Sikeston campus on Tuesday, March 26, for a live broadcast. 

The show will air from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 90.9 FM and 88.9 FM and at