HAMMOND �The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra will build on last year's popular Halloween concert when it presents "Spooktacular II," a collection of a wide variety of movie-themed music in its fall performance scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. The concert will be held in Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. In addition to music from highly popular movies, such as "Jaws," "Star Wars," and "Superman," Chamber Orchestra conductor Yakov Voldman's kid-friendly event will include costume contests in the age categories 12 and under and 13 and older.
"The members of the orchestra will be in costume as well," said Voldman, who last year conducted his musicians dressed as the Godfather. "We're encouraging our audience to come in costume, whether or not they participate in the contest."
The program will include a special ghost narrator, who will be telling Halloween stories. Following the concert, there will be candy in the lobby for all attendees.
Tickets are available for open seating through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas St., which is open 11 a.m. � 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10, adults; $5 for senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff. Southeastern students with student identification as well as children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia box office at 985-543-4371.
Voldman said the concert will open with a Salute to Cinema, featuring "Hooray for Hollywood," "Singin' in the Rain," "Over the Rainbow" and other popular music from movies.
A number of scores from acclaimed American composer and conductor John Williams are on schedule, including the main themes from "Star Wars" "Superman" and "The Raiders March" from the motion picture "Raiders of the Lost Ark." The program will feature "Lara's Theme" from the movie "Dr. Zhivago" by French composer Maurice Jarre, and symphonic highlights from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" by German composer Hans Zimmer.
Performing solos during the concert are four Southeastern students: Desmin Vinnett of Luling, playing tuba in Bruce Broughton's "Concerto;" Will Pratt of Columbus, Ga., on the trumpet playing "Carmen Fantasia" by Georges Bizet; Constanta Lungu of Kishinev, Republic of Moldova, on the violin performing "Chaconne in g-minor" by Tomaso Vitali; and Eunsil Cho of South Korea on the cello playing "Ungarische Rhapsodie" ("Hungarian Rhapsody") by David Popper.
Southeastern saxophone instructor and Director of Jazz Studies Richard A. Schwartz will also perform a solo on the soprano sax in John Williams' "Victor's Tale" from the movie "The Terminal." An acclaimed musician who has performed with musical legends Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, Schwartz is a recipient of one of Southeastern's highest honors, the President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity.
Voldman said several area children, some associated with the Southeastern Community Music School, also will be performing with the orchestra. They include John Durham, Carnisia Harri, Eugene Kim, Griffin Wiemelt, Ashley Johansen and Promise Kinchen.
"We are thrilled to include these talented young musicians in our performance," said Voldman. "It is a great opportunity for them to work with and learn from our students and provides a good foundation for the future of our music program at Southeastern."