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Southeastern to present Skype session, guest recital

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will host two events – including one via Skype technology – this month in Pottle Annex Recital Hall.
     A free Skype Q & A session with world-renowned operatic star Joyce DiDonato will be conducted on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. 
     “Nothing like this has been attempted before,” said Kenneth Boulton, Fine and Performing Arts interim dean. “With Skype technology, we can now deliver lectures across the world. Ms. DiDonato will be coming to us live from Italy.” 
     The second event is a guest recital courtesy of Duo Fujin, a flute and saxophone duo that performs both traditional and contemporary music throughout the United States. Scheduled Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m., the recital is free. 
     “The program includes a variety of music, from Mozart to present day, including a composition inspired by a ‘secret ingredient’ and composed in just 12 hours,” Boulton said.
      Duo Fujin has played for audiences throughout the United States, including performances in Indiana, Maryland, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana, and consists of flutist Misty Theisen and saxophonist Marc Ballard.
     Theisen received degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in music education (B.M.E.) and flute performance (M.M.). While teaching across the southeastern United States and at Worth Abbey in West Sussex, England, she studied with internationally recognized soloists Sir James Galway, Symphony Orchestra, and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Theisen won the state level of the Music Teachers’ National Association Young Artist Woodwind Competition in 2004 and proceeded to take honorable mention at the regional MTNA competition in Louisville.
     Marc Ballard is currently an assistant professor of music at Xavier University in New Orleans. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Henderson State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied with Lawrence Gwozdz. His performances include appearances with Bernadette Peters, Bod Dorough, The Sinfonia Gulf Coast, The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Young at Heart Big Band, and the Texarkana Jazz Orchestra.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.

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