OcTubaFest scheduled as part of Southeastern's Fanfare

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present “OcTubaFest,” a free concert series as part of Fanfare, the annual fall celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
     Lecturer of tuba and euphonium Brian Gallion said the series of five concerts features the tuba and the euphonium and will all be held in Pottle Building Auditorium.
     “OcTubaFest was created in 1974 by a tuba player named Harvey Phillips in honor of his tuba teacher Bill Bell,” Gallion said. “The purpose is to give positive exposure to these often neglected and overlooked instruments and players.”
     OcTubaFest kicks off Oct. 27 with a pair of recitals. A student solo recital is scheduled for 6 p.m., and features students Matt Jays of Kenner, Courtney Guidry of Gonzales, Lupita Mirafuentes of Houston, Texas, Cullen Hinkle of Morgan City, Amelia Richardson of Prairieville, April Sutton of Commerce City, Colo., Danielle Chatelain of Destrehan, and Seth Guerra of Tickfaw.
     The second recital, scheduled at 7:30 p.m., is a junior recital featuring Remi Vedros, a junior music education major from Cutoff. Vedros will be accompanied by Blayke Weatherford of Denham Springs on the piano. Also performing will be The Beef Tones, a tuba/euphonium quartet consisting of Jimmy Scheidell of Hammond and Stephan August of Baton Rouge on euphonium, and Vedros and Logan Chaplain of Chalmette on tuba.
     The remaining OcTubaFest schedule is as follows:
     • Oct. 28, a junior recital featuring Chaplain and Scheidell, both junior music education majors, accompanied by Raisa Voldman on piano, 6 p.m. Also that day at 7:30 p.m. is a junior recital by August, a music performance major. He will be accompanied by Irina Cunev on the piano. The Beef Tones quartet is also performing in this recital.
     • Oct. 29, Tuba/Euphonium Studio Ensemble recital consisting of original works and transcriptions. The group features 12 music majors and minors and is conducted by Gaillion. Works to be performed include “Come Sweet Death” by J.S. Bach; “Ave Maria” by Jacob Arcadelt; “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius; “March from Second Suite” by Gustav Holst; the traditional folk song “Londonderry Air” and “Os Just” a motet by Anton Bruckner.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.

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