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Southeastern Chamber Orchestra to offer mix of operatic numbers
Contact: Rene Abadie
1) Southeastern junior vocal performance major Bridget Lyons
2) Baritone David Bernard, Southeastern assistant professor of voice
3) Freshman violin major Oleksiy Gamov of Ukraine and Southeastern Viola Instructor Jivka Jeleva
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra will present a mix of operatic music in its fall concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29.
The concert – entitled “An Evening of Stars” – will be held in Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond and will feature the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Bizet, Rossini and Irving Berlin, along with other composers. Yakov Voldman, professor of violin and director of the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, will conduct the orchestra.
Baritone David Bernard, assistant professor of voice, will perform Non Piu Andrai from
“The Marriage of Figaro,” and the Toreador Song from “Carmen;” he will partner with Southeastern junior vocal performance major Bridget Lyons, a soprano from Ponchatoula, in the duet “Anything You Can Do” from the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”
Bernard, who participated in the Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera where he made his debut, has sung under the baton of many world renowned conductors, as well as singing with opera companies and symphonies throughout the United States and the Far East. He has been heard in “Live from the Met” broadcasts on PBS and National Public Radio.
Lyons played the role of Peter in Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop’s production of “Peter Pan” last year and will play the role of Nellie in the upcoming Southeastern production of “South Pacific.” Last spring, she placed first in a musical theater competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singers.
Viola instructor Jivka Jeleva will perform the first movement of Karl Stamitz’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 1, while freshman violin major Oleksiy Gamov of Ukraine will perform “Zigeunerweisen” by Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate. A native of Bulgaria, Jeleva received her master’s degree in music performance from Southeastern and serves as director of the Community Music School. Oleksiy is a violin performance graduate of the Moscow Gnesinix Institute. He will be a graduate student at Southeastern next semester and is expected to compete in several violin competitions.
The orchestra will also perform the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, Scene and Adagio from the “Carmen Suite” by Bizet/Shchedrin, and the Overture from “William Tell” by Giachinco Rossini.
Tickets are available for open seating through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas Street, which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10, adults; $5, senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff. Southeastern students are admitted free with student identification. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 985-543-4371.