Southeastern Wind Symphony to present two concerts this fall

Monday, September 11, 2017
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Wind Symphony will present two concerts this fall at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     Tickets for both concerts are adults $10; faculty, staff, seniors and non-SLU students $5; and Southeastern 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.
    The first concert, “There’s a First Time for Everything,” is scheduled Sept. 28 and will feature a wide variety of music. The concert opens with Gustav Holst’s landmark composition “First Suite in E-Flat.” Also on the program is Samuel Barber’s “First Essay,” composed in 1937 and translated by Joseph Levey.
     The concert will close with a performance of the First Symphony of American composer, Andrew Boss.Titled “Tetelestai,” which translates to “it is finished,” the work is an interpretation of the images and feelings conjured by the story of the crucification and death of Jesus Christ.
     “Because it is not a retelling of the story, the work is not programmatic in nature; rather it seeks to allow the listener to recall their own experience and beliefs to relate to the music that they are listening to,” said Interim Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands Derek Stoughton.  “It is a powerful piece that will resonate with everyone that has the opportunity to listen to it.”
     The second concert, titled “Shades of England,”  is scheduled Nov. 9 and will feature music generally linked to England.
     “The concert will open with ‘Intrada 1631,’ which is a wonderful piece based on liturgical music of the 17th century,” said Stroughton. “Stephen Montague was born in the United States, but immigrated to London in the 1970s.”
     Following will be a special performance of “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka.  
     “One of the most important composers for the wind ensemble medium, Mr. Maslanka unfortunately lost his battle with colon cancer earlier this year,” he said. “He was a guest at Southeastern a few years ago, and many students still remember his gentle spirit and true passion for music and its impact on the world. We want to perform this special piece in his honor, as a tribute to the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have been touched and influenced by his music.”
     Also on the program is the wind ensemble adaptation of the “Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra” by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The piece will feature new professor of Tuba/Euphonium Charles Goodman.
     “The concert closes with one of the most important pieces ever written for the wind ensemble - Percy Grainger’s ‘Lincolnshire Posy,’” Stoughton said. “This piece is based on folk songs that were collected in Lincolnshire and has become a standard of our medium.”    
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.

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