Wind Symphony concert scheduled as part of Fanfare
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony will present “L’Oiseau de Feu – The Firebird,” at the downtown Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14.
Sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and part of Fanfare’s 25th season, the symphony will be directed by Southeastern Director of Bands Glen Hemberger. The orchestra is comprised of the finest wind and percussion musicians attending the university.
Hemberger said the concert will feature a variety of outstanding music for wind band that should be both interesting and entertaining.
The concert will open with March from “Symphonic Metamorphosis,” by German composer Paul Hindemith, followed by Paul Creston’s “Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Band.” The piece will feature Timothy McAllister, professor of saxophone at Arizona State University.
“Timothy McAllister is considered one of the leading performers of his generation, amazing audiences around the world with his virtuosic playing and signature sound,” Hemberger said. “The Creston Concerto is one of the most difficult in the repertoire, demanding extraordinary technique and control.”
Rounding out the first half is “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen and Frank Ticheli’s dazzling work, “Postcard.”
The second half of the program begins with “Children’s March: Over the Hills and Far Away” by Percy Aldridge Grainger. The program will culminate with the Wind Symphony performing three movements from the 1919 Suite from “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky.
“From the intense and challenging ‘Infernal Dance of King Kastchei’ to the lyric beauty of the ‘Berceuse,’ Stravinsky provides the performer and the listener a true tour de force,” Hemberger explained. “The ‘Finale’ to ‘The Firebird’ is brilliant in its craft and stunning in its sheer power.”
Tickets are available through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas Street, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $15, adults; $7, senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff. All students are admitted free with student identification. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 985-543-4371.