HAMMOND � Former Broadway Star and famed actor Ivan Rutherford will highlight the spring performance of the Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony Thursday (April 25) at 7:30 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Rutherford, who has performed the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" over 2,000 times on Broadway and on national tours, will join the symphony in performances of "Stars," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," and "Bring Him Home," all from the popular musical.
Southeastern Director of Bands and Conductor Glen Hemberger said the concert will be dedicated to the memory of Joey Drago of Hammond, who died last December. Drago was the assistant director of production at the Columbia Theatre for 10 years and an enthusiastic supporter of the Wind Symphony.
Hemberger said the concert will begin with Frank Ticheli's "Amazing Grace" as a tribute to Drago.
Tickets for the concert are available through the Columbia Theatre Box Office, (985) 543-4371, or online at columbiatheatre.org. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for Southeastern faculty and staff, and $3 for Southeastern students with a student ID.
Most recently, Rutherford has performed in "Les Miserables" in regional theatres across the country. He was honored with the role during the 10th anniversary company of "Les Miserables" in New York; playing alongside Andrea McArdle at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and performing with Lea Salonga on Broadway in the 20th anniversary "Les Miz" revival.
Rutherford was nominated for "Best Actor" for his portrayal of Valjean at the first annual Nationall Broadway Theatre Awards held in New York. Other prominent roles he has performed include The Caliph in "Kismet," Tony in "West Side Story," Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific for which he received the Drama-Logue Award, and 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller in the Broadway production of "Titanic."
The concert will include a solo by Jonathan Lyons, senior music education major from Ponchatoula. Lyons, who will play Movement One of the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by David Maslanka, is the winner of the Kappa Kappa Psi Concerto Competition.
Also on the progam will be Southeastern vocal students Jordan Leggett, Kristina Temple, Krista Filopoulos and Bethany Putman, performing selections from "Les Miserables" with the symphony. Highlights include "A Heart Full of Love," "On My Own," "I Dreamed a Dream," and "One Day More."
The concert also will include a performance of Percy Grainger's "Lincolnshire Posy," a masterwork of the band repertoire that the symphony recently performed in the famed Chicago Orchestra Hall as one of four symphony's selected to participate in the Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival.