Southeastern Wind Symphony to present ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and a Lot of Blue’

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Derek Stoughton
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and a Lot of Blue,” a concert by the award-winning Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony, will be presented at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond on Thursday, April 6.
     Featuring a variety of music from various composers, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are adults $10; faculty, staff, and seniors $5; and all students are admitted free. SLU students must present their student IDs to receive tickets. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office  at 220 E. Thomas Street or by calling 985-543-4371.    
     “This is going to be a wonderful musical event for our university,” said Interim Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands Derek Stoughton. “We will have several guest artists performing in the concert; however, we are most excited about welcoming world renowned tuba virtuoso Oystein Baadsvik to our campus to perform. Mr. Baadsvik will perform three of his compositions with us, and it will be an experience that will not be forgotten.”
     Baadsvik is the only tuba virtuoso to have carved out a career exclusively as a soloist, rather than becoming a member of an orchestra or accepting a teaching post. His multi-faceted musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer and recording artist has taken him all over the world.
     Stoughton said additional guests to perform include Robbie Malbrough of Gonzales and Lindsey Poret of Luling, undergraduate clarinet students of Professor Victor Drescher who were the winners of this year’s Southeastern Concerto Competition.  Also featured will be Southeastern Professor of Piano Henry Jones, who will perform George Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue.”
     The program will include “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli; “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen and arranged by H. Robert Reynolds and “Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra” by Franz Krommer.
     The program will continue following intermission with “Gabriel’s Oboe”  by Ennio Morricone and arranged by Baadsvik; and “Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble”  by Baadsvik.
     The Southeastern Wind Symphony has been recognized in recent years with two Global Music Awards for its CD recording “Live.” A second CD is being produced from performances in Orchestra Hall in Chicago and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.

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