‘Spooktacular III,’ costume contest highlight Chamber Orchestra's Halloween concert Oct. 30

Friday, October 18, 2013
by: Rene AbadieSnow Whites

SNOW WHITES - Snow White Claire Xie, daughter of Southeastern piano performance major Zhaolei Xie and Xin Zhang, won the children's costume contest at the 2011 Halloween concert presented by the Chamber Orchestra. Posed with her are two members of the orchestra, Kelly Todd, left, and Brooke Gaudet.

HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra will build on its highly popular Halloween concert when it presents a wide collection of music in its fall performance "Spooktacular III" scheduled 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

The kid-friendly concert again will include costume contests in the age categories 12 and under and 13 and older, said Chamber Orchestra Conductor Yakov Voldman, who, along with the entire orchestra, will be in costume.

"We're encouraging our audience to come in costume, whether or not they participate in the contest," said Voldman, who last year dressed as a cowboy from the old West.

Following the concert, orchestra members will distribute candy in the lobby for all attendees.

Tickets are available for open seating through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas St., which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10, adults; $5 for senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff.  Southeastern students with student identification and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia box office at 985-543-4371.

The concert will open with "Irish Medley" featuring brothers Griffin and Riley Wiemelt of Mandeville, who study in Southeastern's Community Music School, and "Bluegrass Medley" with a violin solo by Jivka Jeleva, director of the Community Music School.

Also on the program is the popular "A Night on Bald Mountain," as well as "A Salute to the Big Bands" and "Love Me or Leave Me," featuring  student vocalist Angelisa Allen  of Gonzales.

Associate Professor Henry Jones will be featured on the piano playing Scott Joplin's "Solace" and "Maple Leaf Rag." Arthur Hamilton's "Cry Me a River" will be highlighted by vocalist Iuliia Alyeksyeyeva of Kherson (Ukraine). The program will conclude with performances of "Tico Tico" and Daniel Bukvich's "Voodoo."

For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.


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