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Carlos Riazuelo

Columbia Theatre sets holiday mood with LPO Concert

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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RING IN THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE LPO – Conductor Carlos Riazuelo will lead the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in traditional holiday classics during the LPO Holiday Concert at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will celebrate the holiday season when the university’s historic downtown theater hosts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual holiday concert Nov. 27.
     “The Columbia Theatre is very pleased to once again be hosting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for its annual holiday concert, truly a gift to the entire Hammond community,” said Kenneth Boulton, Columbia Theatre interim director. “Many holiday musical favorites are sure to be included, along with a special appearance by a lucky ‘little guest conductor’ chosen from our area schools. So come to the Columbia and awaken your holiday spirits.”
     Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for the popular 7:30 p.m. concert, traditionally a sell-out. 
     Tickets are $38, Orchestra; $42, Loge; and $36, Balcony. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one hour before performance time.
     Conductor Carlos Riazuelo will lead the orchestra in a program full of classical and popular holiday favorites.
     Born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, to Spanish immigrants, Riazuelo has been praised by audiences, musicians and music critics throughout the world for his diverse repertoire. He is a regular guest conductor throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe.
     Riazuelo was the only Latin American conductor invited by the late Maestro Eduardo Mata to conduct the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and he was chosen by the artist to accompany Henryk Szeryng in his last concert in Venezuela.
     Riazuelo has recorded four CDs. His first two recordings feature music of Venezuelan composers and his third pairs Berstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” with selections from Prokofiev’s ballet, “Romeo and Juliet.” His latest recording with famed tenor Alfredo Kraus led to an invitation from the great singer for Riazuelo to accompany him in concerts in the Canary Islands and Argentina. Both concerts were televised nationwide.
     For more information on the LPO Holiday Concert, contact the Columbia Theatre at 985-543-4366 or log on to

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