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LPO presents 'Spring Mix' concert at Columbia March 7

Contact: Christina Chapple


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Alissa Rowe

     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s March 7 “Spring Mix” concert at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will feature one of the university’s own as soloist – soprano Alissa Rowe.

     Under the baton of LPO Music Director Carlos Prieto, Rowe, director of choral activities and vocal area coordinator, will solo in Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” Barber called the piece a “lyric rhapsody,” a dreamlike depiction of an evening in the American south, narrated by a child who seems at times to transform into an adult.

     The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the university’s downtown Hammond theater.

     Prieto will lead the LPO in works such as Sibelius’s “The Oceanides” and Beethoven’s Symphony # 7. He has conducted Mexico’s most prestigious orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico (National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico), and continues to serve as music director of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

     Rowe, who conducts the university’s Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale and the Northshore Chorale/University Chorus, also performs regularly as a soprano soloist. She performed “Knoxville Summer of 1915” at the Conductor’s Retreat in Medomak, Maine, where she previously participated as a conductor.

     She performed Handel’s “Messiah” with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in December 2006 and has been featured in the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert series for the past five years.

     She also performed and recorded three roles in David Schiff’s opera “Gimpel the Fool,” conducted by Kenneth Kiesler, with Third Angle, Portland, Oregon’s renowned new music ensemble.

     “I am honored to be performing with the LPO,” Rowe said. “I have worked with a number of the string players before; however, it has been as a conductor not a soloist.”

     Rowe holds a master of music in conducting, a master of music in vocal performance, a bachelor of music in vocal performance and K-12 teacher certification from the University of Michigan. She is currently a candidate for the doctor of musical arts degree in conducting at Louisiana State University.

     Tickets for the March 7 concert are $39, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $33, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $29 Balcony 2. Tickets are available online at and at the box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

     For additional information about the LPO “Spring Mix” concert and other Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts events, contact the theatre at 985-543-4366 or visit

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