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Shining Stars concert showcases Community Music School violinists

Contact: Christina Chapple


Click on thumbnail for high resolution photoTessa Flesher, Lia Kepner, Jivka Jeleva and Ashley Johansen

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DANCING FIDDLES – The violin quartet “Dancing Fiddles” will be featured at the annual “Shining Stars” concert of the Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School strings program on May 13 at the university’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium. From left, are Tessa Flesher, Lia Kepner, Jivka Jeleva and Ashley Johansen.

     HAMMOND – Violin students of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School will shine in a special concert May 13.

     Their free concert, “Shining Stars,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

     The concert will feature soloists Tessa Flesher, Lacombe; Ashley Johansen, Madisonville; Lydia Newton and Wesley Newton, Diamondhead, Miss.; and Chloe Williams, Mandeville.

     The young violinists, who are from the violin studio of CMS violin instructor Jivka Jeleva, will perform as soloists with members of the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yakov Voldman.

     “The soloists are ‘the most dedicated’ of the CMS’s young violinists,” said Jeleva. “The concert is the opportunity for them to be rewarded for their hard work.”

     The concert will also feature the CMS String Ensemble and the “Dancing Fiddles” quartet. Jeleva said the famous fiddle tunes performed by the Dancing Fiddles incorporate intricate choreography that gives the young performers an innovative and fun twist to violin playing.

     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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