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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 1/19/05
 
Saint Louis Brass QuintetBill EvansClick on image for publication quality photo 
Left, Saint Louis Brass Quintet; right, Bill Evans


ENCORE! 2005 FEATURES BILL EVANS FESTIVAL, GUEST BRASS QUINTET
     HAMMOND – A guest appearance by the Saint Louis Brass Quintet and the annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival highlight the 2005 edition of “Encore!,” the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Music and Dramatic Arts’ spring concert series.
     The series also encompasses dozens of concerts, recitals, operas, plays and dance programs from February through May. 
     With its roots going back to the 1970s, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet has presented workshops, master classes, and children’s programs throughout the United States and abroad. In their highly successful concerts, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet performs the great music for brass from the works of the baroque to today’s composers, including music of Mexico, Ellington/Strayhorn, Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Stephen Foster.  
     The group, whose recordings are known worldwide, plans two events for “Encore!” on Feb. 9 -- a master class at 4 p.m. and a concert at 7:30 p.m. -- both in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. 
     The fourth annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival, scheduled Feb. 21-24, honors the late jazz pianist, one of Southeastern’s most renowned alumni. Evans was one of a group of young aspiring musicians from New Jersey recruited to Southeastern by music department founder Ralph Pottle after World War II. Evans recorded more than 70 albums, won seven Grammy Awards and earned an international following. Throughout his life, Evans fondly remembered his college years, calling his time at Southeastern the happiest period of his life. He returned to campus for a concert 30 years after his graduation, shortly before his death in 1980.
     One of the festival’s highlights will be a Feb. 24 performance, high school band workshop and master class by the Ted Rosenthal Trio. Rosenthal achieved international recognition by winning first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has since performed with many of the jazz greats of our time. A faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and the New School University, he is active around the country in jazz education. 
     The festival also will include performances by the Southeastern One O’Clock Big Band directed by Richard Schwartz, featuring clarinetist Andrew Seigel (Feb. 21); a guest lecture by Evans expert Win Hinkle and a performance by Southeastern Jazz Combos (Feb. 22); and a concert by Southeastern and University of Southern Mississippi faculty (Feb. 23).
     Admission is free to many events. For an “Encore!” brochure or additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts at (985) 549-2184.
     The 2005 Encore! schedule also includes: 
Feb. 10
     Guest recital: Kevin Hampton, piano (music by African-American composers), 2 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. 
     Guest recital: Brandon Richardson, baritone (music by African-American composers), 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Feb. 12 
     Southeastern Theatre: “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler, 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre (Rating R -- mature audiences). Tickets: $15, single; $25, couple. (Repeated on March 12).
Feb. 16 
     Faculty recital: Nicole McPherson, flute, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Feb. 16 – 19 
     Southeastern Theatre: “[sic]” by Melissa James Gibson, 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre (Rating PG). Tickets: $5, seniors/fac/staff/non-SLU students; $10, adults; SLU students free with ID.
Feb. 18 
     Southeastern Gospel Music Ensemble directed by Kenya Lawrence, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
March 15 - 16  
     Southeastern Theatre: “Lyzzi Strata” by Selisa Hue, 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre (Rating PG-13). Tickets: $5, seniors/fac/staff/non-SLU students: $10, adults $10; SLU students free with ID.
March 16 – 19
     Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre: “Dido and Aenea” by Henry Purcell, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Tickets: $8, seniors/faculty/staff/alumni, non-SLU students: $12, adults; SLU students free with ID.
March 21
     Guest recital: baritone Shawn Roy, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
March 23
     The Silverwind Duo: flutist Nicole McPherson and clarinetist Andrew Seigel, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
April 4
     Faculty recital: David Evenson, piano, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
April 5
     Faculty Woodwind Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
April 7
     Izzy Dance: “A Moment Frozen” directed by Dana Brewer-Plazinic, 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre. Tickets: $4, general admission; SLU students free with ID.
April 11
     Faculty recital: mezzo-soprano Joy Ratliff, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
April 14
     Danceworks: “Change” directed by Martie Fellom, 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets: $3, seniors/faculty/staff/non-SLU students; $5, adults; SLU students free with ID.
April 19
     Southeastern University Chorus, Women’s Chorale and Northshore Chorale conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 401 W. Morris, Hammond.
April 20
     Guest recital: cellist Thaddeus and pianist Susan Brys, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
April 21
     Southeastern Wind Symphony: “VooDoo!” conducted by Glen J. Hemberger, featuring clarinetist Andrew Seigel, 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
April 26
     Southeastern Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yakov Voldman, 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
April 26-30
     Southeastern Theatre: “Lobby Hero” by Kenneth Lonergan, 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre (Rating PG). Tickets: $3, seniors/faculty/staff/non-SLU students; $5, adults; SLU students free with ID.
April 29
     Southeastern Concert Choir and University of New Orleans Chamber Choir conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 401 W. Morris, Hammond.
May 2
     Southeastern Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
May 3
     Southeastern Two O’Clock Big Band, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     Southeastern Concert Choir and University of New Orleans Chamber Choir conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe and Sean Wallace, 7:30 p.m., University of New Orleans.
May 4
     Southeastern Classical Guitar Ensemble directed by Patrick Kerber, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
May 5
     Southeastern Theatre: “An Evening of Shakespeare,” 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre (Rating G).
May 6
     Southeastern One O’Clock Big Band conducted by Richard Schwartz, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.