Guest cello recital March 18
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Southeastern will host a cello recital on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Music Auditorium. Guest performers include, from left, Whitney Allen, Elena Kuroda, Christine Davis, and Paul Christopher.
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will host a guest cello recital by musicians associated with Northwestern State University at the Pottle Music Auditorium on Friday, March 18. The 7:30 p.m. performance is free and open to the public.
Scheduled for performance are Three Pieces for Cello and Piano by Jacques Offenbach; Suite for Two Cellos and Piano by Gian Carlo Menotti; Sonata No. 1 in D minor for Cello and Piano, Op 109 by Gabriel Faure; and Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op 66 by David Popper.
“I’m looking forward to the program,” said David Evenson, head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “We often hear cellists play Bach, but not Offenbach.”
The recital will feature performances by Whitney Allen, Paul Christopher, Christine Davis, and Elena Kuroda, all affiliated with NSU in Natchitoches.
A master of music education student, Allen has studied in Louisville and Chicago. During the summer, she serves as a member of the cello section in the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore. Allen is currently recording the Etudes Opus 78 for Two Celli by Jacques Offenbach with fellow cellist Christopher.
An assistant professor of music theory and low strings at NSU, Christopher serves as principal cello of the Longview Symphony Orchestra and also performs as assistant principal cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in the summers. His articles have been published in the “Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter,” “Strings,” “American String Teacher,” and “Bass World.” He is currently recording cello duos of Jaques Offenbach in a series of four compact discs.
Davis is a third year student at NSU, where she is studying secondary education-family and consumer sciences with a concentration in speech and a minor in music. She has studied cello for 12 years and hopes to teach beginning cello students while operating a fabric boutique.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Kuroda comes from a family of professional musicians. She received her bachelor of arts degree in music in 2005 and her master of music in piano performance degree in 2007 from NSU, where she currently serves as a collaborative pianist and class piano instructor.
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.