Southeastern Wind Symphony to feature music of John Mackey

Thursday, October 13, 2016 John Mackey
by: Rene Abadie

SOUTHEASTERN CONCERT ‘STRANGE HUMORS’ SCHEDULED --The music of renowned music composer John Mackey will be featured at “Strange Humors,” the fall performance of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Wind Symphony scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hammond.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Wind Symphony will present its fall Fanfare concert on Thursday, Oct. 20, featuring the music of American composer John Mackey.
     The concert, titled “Strange Humors” and conducted by Director of Bands Glen J. Hemberger, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 East Thomas Street in downtown Hammond. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for faculty and seniors; students of all ages with ID and children are free. For additional information on tickets, call the Columbia Box Office at 985-543-4371.
     The concert is a featured part of Southeastern’s Fanfare, a fall festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Wind Symphony is a large, select music ensemble comprised of the finest woodwind, brass and percussion musicians at the university.
     Mackey, who will be in residence for four days at Southeastern, has established himself as one of the most prolific and often performed composers of music for wind band, Hemberger said. A graduate of the Juilliard School with a master of music degree, Mackey has seen his works performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and throughout Italy, Japan, China, Brazil, and other nations.
     “I would say he could easily be called the most popular wind band composer writing today,” he added. “His music is fresh, distinctive, diverse, creative, and entertaining.”
     Among Mackey’s works to be performed are Sheltering Sky; Strange Humors, to be conducted by marching band director Derek Stoughton and featuring faculty member Travis Henthorn on djembe; Ringmaster’s March; and Sasparilla, a flashback to the old West featuring graduate student Daniel Seimetz on the accordion.
     Also featured on the program will be Vincent Persichetti’s Symphony No. 6 for Band, Richard Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from “Lohengrin,” conducted by graduate student Sharie Mahler of Destrehan; and Percy Grainger’s Mock Morris, Irish Tune from County Derry, and Shepherd’s Hey, a three-piece suite conducted by graduate student Matthew Soukup of Mandeville.

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