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Southeastern launches spring music program with Kristen Marchiafava and the Loadbang Ensemble

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Kristen MarchiafavaLoadbang
by: Rene Abadie

CONCERTS OPEN SPRING SEASON - Southeastern Louisiana University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts launches its spring season with two free performances – a faculty recital by Kristen Marchiafava on Feb. 12 and a performance by the New York-based Loadbang Ensemble on Feb. 13. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Music Auditorium. Members of Loadbang are, from left, Adrian Sandi (bass clarinet), Andy Kozar (trumpet), Jeffrey Gavett (baritone voice), and William Lang (trombone).


HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents is launching its spring season with two free performances – a faculty recital by Kristen Marchiafava on Feb. 12 and a performance by the New York-based Loadbang Ensemble on Feb. 13.

Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

Marchiafava, who teaches applied voice and English/Italian diction at Southeastern, is an acclaimed performer. She made her professional debut in the title role in the Nevada Opera premiere production of Samuel Barber's Pulitzer-Prize-winning opera "Vanessa."

Marchiafava holds a doctor of musical arts degree from Louisiana State University, a master of music in vocal performance from the Mannes College of Music, and a bachelor's in music from Loyola University New Orleans.

The Loadbang Ensemble will be kicking off the Guest Artist Recital Series in its February 13 concert. The Loadbang Ensemble is a quartet on a mission to compose contemporary works and develop a "unique language of improvisation." The group's blend of rich sounds and jazzy influences has led them to receive considerable praise and notoriety.

Ensemble members Adrian Sandi (bass clarinet), Andy Kozar (trumpet), Jeffery Gavett (baritone voice), and William Lang (trombone) have premiered more than 200 works, including many of their original works.

The group shares a passion for giving back to the next generation. The ensemble has worked with a wide array of students, including elementary school children in the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers program and college students at numerous universities.

For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.




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