Southeastern Wind Symphony to present concert April 17


Thursday, April 4, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Wind Symphony will present its spring concert titled “Medieval Times” April 17. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond, the concert is dedicated to the music, art, poetry and architecture of the pre-1500s.
     The concert’s first piece, said Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, and Director of the Spirit of the Southland Marching Band Derek Stoughton, is Ron Nelson’s “Resonances I.”
     “Composed in 1990, the six parts of this work are made up of boxes of activity, the duration of which is solely determined by the conductor, each with various note combinations, aleatoric activities, or techniques to be employed,” he said. “As the title implies, the work explores textures, sounds and resonances.”
     The following piece is Pavel Tschesnokoff’s “Salvation is Created.” The piece pays homage to a Kievan chant, originally set in Church Slavonic, a slavic liturgical language still in use in some Orthodox denominations, Stoughton explained.
     Next in the program is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite.”
     “Folk songs have been handed down for many generations, and this standard of the band repertoire consists of three movements, which all use British folk songs as their source material,” Stoughton said.
     The concert will close with John Krance’s arrangement of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” The original Carmina Burana is a manuscript of 254 poems and dramatic texts mostly from the 11th or 12th century, although some are from the 13th century, Stoughton said.
     “Orff’s setting of Carmina Burana is scored for a massive orchestra, an array of percussion equipment, two pianos, celesta, two soprano, alto, tenor, and bass mixed choirs - one large, one small - a boy’s choir, and soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists,” Stoughton explained. “This transcription was conceived entirely as an instrumental work, with the arranger fully incorporating the vocal parts. Krance selected thirteen movements, a curious number when dealing with the subject of the fickleness of fortune, and ordered them to programmatic satisfaction.”
     Tickets for “Medieval Times” are adults $10; faculty, staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students $5; and Southeastern students are admitted free. Southeastern students must present their student IDs to receive tickets. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office located at 220 E. Thomas Street or by calling 985-543-4371.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.

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