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Chamber Orchestra in concert Oct. 31 at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

Southeastern Chamber Orchestra to offer Halloween 'Spooktacular' Concert with a twist

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra will present a “spooktacular and ghoulish” concoction of classical favorites and fun in its fall concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. 
     The Halloween concert will be held in Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond and will feature the music of Tchaikovsky, Webber, Kern, Mussorgsky, along with other composers. Yakov Voldman, professor of violin and director of the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, will conduct the orchestra. Hammond’s own Johnny Chauvin from Northshore Broadcasting will serve as master of ceremonies.
     Voldman said audience members are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes to participate in a contest. Separate prizes will be awarded for best costume for those 12 and younger and those 13 and older. The prizes will be presented near the end of the concert, and orchestra members will hand out “Trick-or-Treat” candy in the lobby following the event.
     Baritone David Bernard, assistant professor of voice, will perform “Ol’ Man River” and “Mephistopheles’ Serenade.”
     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. 
     Four Southeastern students will perform the first movement of Philip Glass’ Concerto for Saxophone Quartet. Featured will be senior soprano saxophonist Vitalie Gumeniuc of the Republic of Moldova; senior alto saxophonist Durand Jones of Darrow; junior tenor saxophonist Zakkary Garner of Natalbany; and sophomore baritone saxophonist Jonathan Lyons of Ponchatoula.
     The orchestra will also perform selections from “A Night on Bald Mountain,” The Phantom of the Opera,” “Neapolitan Dance,” “Hungarian Dance” and “Waltz” from Swan Lake Suite, and “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite. 
     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. Patrons under 18 and Southeastern students with student identification are admitted free. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 985-543-4371.

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