Southeastern graduate student's piece selected for performance by LPO
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EAST OF THE GARDEN - Southeastern Louisiana University music theory graduate student Brian Hanson, left, rehearses with Southeastern Professor of Music Stephen Suber. Hanson’s piece “East of the Garden” was selected to be performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans on Sept. 29.
HAMMOND – An orchestral piece submitted by Southeastern Louisiana University music theory graduate student Brian Hanson was recently selected for performance by members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
One of only seven works selected, “East of the Garden” will be performed at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Hanson said the title of the piece is meant to be ambiguous in nature.
“I want the listener to interpret the meaning of the title with his or her own perception and apply all the images, colors, feelings, emotions and ideas that are associated with that perception to the listening experience of the piece,” he explained.
Hanson wrote the piece for the first ever Louisiana Composers Forum, where composers around the state are given the opportunity to submit an original five to 10- minute orchestral composition. Each piece selected for performance will also be professionally recorded by Tim Stambaugh of Word of Mouth Studios.
“I’m incredibly excited about the premiere. Today it is nearly impossible to get original compositions performed by orchestras, especially if that composer is young like myself,” the 25- year-old Hanson said. “When I first had a composition performed in April 2008, I remember thinking it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Luckily, it wasn’t.”
Originally from Covington, Hanson has also had compositions performed by the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony.
“Brian is a superb composer, and I’m happy his work is getting noticed again and again,” said Southeastern Professor of Music Stephen Suber. “In the last couple of years, he has racked up an impressive collection of national awards.”
For more information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts at 985-549-2184.