Southeastern's Wind Symphony sets concert for April 21

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s award-winning Wind Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert “Laissez le bon temps rouler!” on Thursday, April 21, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of conductor Glen Hemberger, Southeastern director of bands. Tickets -- $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and faculty -- are available at the door or in advance at the Columbia Theatre box office. Call 985-543-4371 for ticket information.
     “The concert will celebrate the rich musical history of the State of Louisiana,” said Hemberger.
He said the program will feature two world premiere editions. Richard Rosenberg, artistic director and conductor of the National Music Festival at Washington College, will be on hand to witness the premiere of his wind band edition of “Festa Criollo” from “Night in the Tropics” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
     In addition, local composer and Southeastern Professor of Music Stephen C. Suber will witness the wind band premiere of his work “Cumulus over Tangipahoa.” Master of music student Sharie Mahler of Destrehan will conduct “Cajun Folk Songs” by Frank Ticheli, and Rebecca Gambino will conduct “Bayou Breakdown” by Brant Karrick.
     Also on the program, Southeastern senior Tara Hymel of Denham Springs, winner of the Kappa Kappa Psi Concerto Competition, will perform “Fantasie” by Georges Adolphe Hüe. The program will be rounded out with a flashy new work by Monroe native Julie Giroux, entitled “Carnaval!” and the challenging and delightful “J’ai ete au bal” by Donald Grantham, professor of music at the University of Texas.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.

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