|SOUTHEASTERN CONCERT CHOIR TO PREMIERE NEW WORK BY STEPHEN SUBER
AT NOV. 16 CONCERT
HAMMOND – The Southeastern
Louisiana University’s premier vocal ensemble, the 35-voice Concert Choir,
will present an eclectic concert of sacred and classical works, including
pieces that evoke the tragedy and resilient spirit of hurricane-ravished
The free concert, which
will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church in Hammond, will also feature the world premiere of a
new vocal work, “His Rhythm,” by Southeastern composer and music theory
professor Stephen Suber.
The Concert Choir will
be conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe and Roger Henry of the Southeastern
Department of Music and Dramatic Arts and accompanied by pianist Charles
Effler. Rowe said the program’s selections will encompass a wide variety
of styles, languages and genres, including Latin and Russian sacred pieces
and French, Italian and German songs.
"The Concert Choir is very
excited to be the first ever to perform a new work by Dr. Suber," Rowe
Suber, a member of the
Southeastern faculty since 1982, said “His Rhythm” is “an anthem to creativity
and spirituality.” The work, written for standard chorus, is set to a poem
by Walter Alvin Cochrane II of Chalmette, a former Southeastern student.
Suber said his composition was inspired by the Ayn Rand novel, “The Fountain
Head,” which Cochrane had encouraged Suber to read.
Rowe said the concert will
close with a number of selections performed as a remembrance of hurricanes
Katrina and Rita. "The music," Rowe said, "will include spirituals and
intimate songs dealing with death, remembrance and renewed spirit.”
Soloists include Sarah
Osterberger and Christopher Griffin of Baton Rouge; Jane Rownd, Simon Pfeil
and Betty Turner of Hammond; Kristin Glass of Walker; Brandon Wear, Scott
McDonough, and Steven Palmisano of Slidell; Matthew Packard of Arabi; Emily
Stokes of Covington; Brian Martinez of Montz; and Ken Goode of Metairie.
The Concert Choir also
includes Blair Abene, Laura Freeney, and Stephanie Robertson of Hammond;
Jessica Davis and Cassie Arnold of Ponchatoula; Margaret Davis, Amber Whitfield,
and Faustin Wascom of Walker; Marshall Dean of Denham Springs; Kimberly
Hilliard of Covington; Ryan Thomas of Slidell; Maria Burkett of Chalmette;
MaryAnn Phillips of Baton Rouge; Cali McQueen and Katie Morgan of Gonzales;
Christina Babin and Erin Perdue of Prairieville; Charlene Robinson of Destrehan;
Nathan Constant of Mereaux; Orlando Johnson of St. Amant; and Joe Johnson
III of New Orleans.