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Concert to spotlight 'shining stars' of Community Music School strings program

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – The young musicians of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School will shine in a special concert May 6 at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

     The free concert, “Shining Stars,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m., will feature soloists Tessa Flesher of Lacombe, Ashley Johansen of Madisonville, Michael Kepner of Covington, and Chloe Williams, Christina Colonna and Angelina Vychko of Mandeville.

     The young violinists will perform with an orchestra of Southeastern music students, conducted by Yakov Voldman, director of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts string program.

     The soloists are from the violin studios of Jivka Jeleva, Community Music School violin instructor, and Dr. Voldman. Jeleva described the young musicians as “the most dedicated” of CMS’s violinists. The concert, she said, “is the opportunity for them to be rewarded for their hard work.”

     The concert will also feature the CMS String Ensemble, as well as the newly formed group of fiddlers, “Dancing Fiddles.” The repertoire of “Dancing Fiddles” incorporates intricate choreography in the performance of famous fiddle tunes. 
     Founded in 1996, Southeastern’s Community Music School offers children and adults private and group music lessons taught by Southeastern faculty members, graduate students and community professionals.  
     For information visit or contact CMS at 985-549-5502.

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