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Wind Symphony presents 'Red Cape Tango' April 30

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMONDWinners of Southeastern Louisiana University’s 2009 concerto competition will be showcased in “Red Cape Tango,” the Southeastern Wind Symphony’s spring concert, scheduled for April 30, 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.    
     Director Glen Hemberger said the program of exceptional works for wind band will also commemorate the tenth anniversary of the tragedy at Columbine High School by performing the schools’ alma mater, followed by a performance of Frank Ticheli’s “An American Elegy.”  

     The concert will feature performances by 2009 Wind Symphony Concerto Competition winners Chasse Duplantis of Houma, euphonium; Durand Jones of Darrow, saxophone, and Andrew Robin of Madisonville, percussion. The concerto competition was sponsored by the national honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi.

     Duplantis will perform the third movement of the Vladimir Cosma Euphonium Concerto.  Jones will perform three short movements from the Paule Maurice “Tableaux de Provence.” Robin will be featured in the finale to the “Concerto No. 2 for Marimba by David Gillingham.”          

     Also on the program, Richard Prior, orchestra director at Emory University, will guest conduct “Strange Humors” by John Mackey, featuring percussion instructor Kevin Estoque on the djembe, a skin covered hand drum shaped like a large goblet and played with bare hands.  

     The concert takes its title from Michael Daugherty’s “Red Cape Tango,” which Hemberger described as “a thoroughly entertaining reflection on Superman’s fight to the death with Doomsday, and is based on musical material from the Dies irae.”  

     The program will also feature Eric Whitacre’s “Cloudburst,” a musical representation of an approaching rainstorm that involves audience participation, and Percy Grainger’s masterwork, “Lincolnshire Posy.”     
     General admission tickets -- $6, adults; $4, senior citizens and Southeastern faculty and staff – are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St. A limited number of advance-reserved balcony seating tickets are also available through the box office. Box office hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one hour before performance times.

     All students are admitted free with ID.  Students, however, are encouraged to obtain tickets in advance at the Columbia box office or at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium during the week of April 26. (Only student tickets will be available on campus.)

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