Southeastern Chamber Orchestra to team with choruses for Symphony May 5
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra will team up with the university's choirs and choruses for the concert "Beethoven to Bolero" to be performed Monday, May 5.
The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
"This is a great opportunity to hear not only the highly accomplished Chamber Orchestra, but also to enjoy the vocal performances of our three choruses, the Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, and University Chorus," said Ken Boulton, interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
General admission tickets are $10; Southeastern students are admitted free with their student ID card. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office at 220 East Thomas St., at columbiatheatre.org, or at the door on the night of the concert. Call 985-543-4371 for ticket information.
Under the direction of conductor Yakov Voldman, the orchestra will open with Ludwig van Beethoven's "Egmont Overture, Op. 84" to be followed by the German composer's "Choral Fantasy, Op. 80." The piece will feature Boulton on the piano and the combined voices of the Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, and University Chorus.
Other pieces on the program are the overture from "La Gazza Ladra" by Gioachino Rossini; "Der Hölle Rach kocht in meinem Herzen" from Mozart's "The Magic Flute," featuring Southeastern student soprano Kim Dupre of Luling; and "Habañera" from Georges Bizet's "Carmen" with soprano Anastasiia Ped of Kherson, Ukraine.
Completing the program will be tenor Joshua Williams of Mandeville singing "Questra o quella" from Verdi's Rigoletto; "Waltz Duet" from Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow," featuring Southeastern vocal performance faculty members soprano Alissa Rowe and baritone Stephen Rushing; and concluding with Maurice Ravel's "Bolero."
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.