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Chamber Orchestra concert features 'crowns' and 'gowns'

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra’s spring concert will showcase “crowns” and “gowns,” said Director Yakov Voldman.

     “Crowns” represents the winners of the orchestra’s recent concerto competition, who will perform their winning pieces with the orchestra as part of its April 14 spring concert. And “gowns” stands for the five Chamber Orchestra members who will be performing with the orchestra for the final time as they anticipate donning their graduation regalia to receive their master’s degrees in music at Southeastern’s May 17 commencement exercises.

     The Chamber Orchestra concert is scheduled for April 14, 7:30 p.m., at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.

     Farewell bows for graduating student musicians have become a tradition for the Chamber Orchestra, said Voldman. Graduating musicians who will be honored at the concert are violinists Igor Gladkov and Olena Gladkova of Odessa, Ukraine; Vanya Karachobanova of Varna, Bulgaria; Jie Gao of Beijing, China; and Milena Rusanova of Ruse, Bulgaria.

     They will join the Chamber Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s “Fantasy -- Overture from ‘Romeo and Juliet.’”

     The concert will also feature the winners of the concerto competition, held earlier this year. Rusanova will perform Brahms’ “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77,” while Feliks Volozhanin of Chelyabinsk, Russia, will play Saint-Saens’ “Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 33,” and  Karyn Huggett of Hammond will perform Charles Griffes’ “Poem for Flute and Orchestra.”

     General admission tickets are $5, adults; and $3, senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff, plus a one dollar handling charge is added to all tickets. Admission is free for all students.

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