Southeastern Wind Symphony concert set Thursday, Oct. 22
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony will present its fall Fanfare concert, “RIDE,” at the university’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond on Thursday, Oct. 22.
The 7:30 p.m. concert is part of the university’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts and the university band program.
Recognized throughout the region for its innovative programming and quality performances, the Wind Symphony is directed by Glen Hemberger, director of bands in the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. The large concert ensemble is comprised of approximately 65 of the best student performers at Southeastern.
The concert will open with Samuel Hazo’s “Ride,” a fast-paced, dazzling new work depicting a memorable car ride through the hilly mountains of western Pennsylvania. Other pieces scheduled include “First Suite in E-flat” by English composter Gustav Holst and “October” by Eric Whitacre, which, Hemberger said, has become a true classic of the wind repertoire with rich harmonies and cascading dynamics.
The first half of the concert will close out with a new work by American composer and Louisiana native Frank Ticheli entitled “Angels in the Architecture.”
“It’s a work of remarkable power and vision,” Hemberger explained. “It uses a variety of music, including a Hebrew song of peace, the 16th century Psalter “Old Hundredth,” and a 19th century Shaker song in its exploration of peace, hope, death and spiritual doubt.”
The second half of the concert will begin with Hector Berlioz’s 1843 work “Roman Carnival Overture.” The evening will conclude with a performance by Southeastern alumnus Christiana Iheadinu on piano, performing the George Gerswin classic “Rhapsody in Blue.”
“We’re especially pleased to welcome Christina back to help us celebrate the 75th anniversary of Southeastern’s music program,” Hemberger said.
Iheadinu received her bachelor’s degree from Southeastern in 2007, studying with pianist Kenneth Boulton and serving as principal pianist with the Wind Symphony. This year she completed her master’s degree from the University of Maryland.
Admission is $6 for adults, and $4 for seniors, Southeastern faculty and staff. All students with ID are admitted free of charge. Doors to the Columbia Theatre, 220 East Thomas Street, will open at 6:45 p.m.
For additional information, contact the Southeastern Bands at 985-549-2599.