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Southeastern Chamber Orchestra concert features classical favorites

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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Andrew Seigel

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra will present a program of classical favorites by Mascagni, Tchaikovsky, Weber and Offenbach on May 1 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

     The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the university’s downtown Hammond theater, 220 E. Thomas St. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 senior citizens, Southeastern faculty and staff, and all students are admitted free with ID.

     Under the baton of Yakov Voldman, director of Southeastern’s string program, the orchestra will welcome soloist Andrew Seigel, Southeastern assistant professor of clarinet. Currently the principal clarinetist of the Gulf Coast Symphony, Seigel has performed throughout the United States and in Hungary, Germany, and Romania.  Seigel will join the orchestra for Weber’s “Concerto No. 1 in F Minor.”

     The orchestra will also perform Mascagni’s “Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana,” described as a serene interlude representing the calm before the storm. 

     Also included is Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6,” which is associated with the tragedy of the composer’s sudden death.  Tchaikovsky’s only remembered comment about the piece is, “Without exaggeration, I have put my whole soul into this work.” 

     Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld” overture will round out the evening.  The music in this overture is known throughout the world.  It opens with a bristling fanfare, which is followed by a tender love song and an “infernal” passage.  The finale is the renowned can-can.

     For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, (985) 549-2184.

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