Southeastern's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band join for concert April 30

Friday, April 17, 2015
by:  Rene Abadie

HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's acclaimed Wind Symphony Orchestra will join with the university's Symphonic Band to present its spring concert on Thursday, April 30, in the university's Pottle Auditorium.

Titled Resonant Vistas, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. and is free for the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band feature the top instrumental musicians in the Southeastern music program, said Director of Bands and Artistic Director Glen Hemberger. The band program involves over 300 musicians in eight different bands.

Hemberger said the Wind Symphony will feature several pieces that are expected to be presented later in May in a performance in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The program will include "After the Thunderer" from the "Symphony on Themes" by John Philp Sousa and the "Star Wars Trilogy" by composer and conductor John Williams.

The concert will also feature a performance by graduate student Rebecca Gambino who will conduct the "Festive Overture" by Dmitri Shostakovich. A Southeastern graduate, she is the first student enrolled in the university's new master of music degree program in instrumental conducting.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Associate Director of Bands Paul Frechou, will perform several standard works for bands, including "Laude" by Howard Hanson, "Ye Banks and Raes O'Bonie Doon" by Percy Grainger and "A Tribute to Stephen Foster" as arranged by Sammy Nestico.

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


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