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Left, the LPO on the Columbia Theatre stage; right,
Music Director Klauspeter Seibel
COLUMBIA 2004 OFFERS MAGICAL
MOMENTS OF MOZART WITH THE LPO
HAMMOND -- The Louisiana Philharmonic
Orchestra will celebrate the musical genius of Mozart with the first of
three 2004 concerts at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre
for the Performing Arts Friday, Feb. 27.
“Mainly Mozart,” conducted by
music director Klauspeter Seibel, begins at 7 p.m. at the downtown Hammond
theater. The symphony will perform the overture to the opera, “The Magic
Flute;” Divertimento No. 1, and Symphony No. 41, Mozart's final symphony,
known as "Jupiter.” As lagniappe, the musicians will also perform Canzonas
for Brass by 16th century composer Giovanni Gabrieli.
“Mozart is everyone’s favorite,”
said Dennis O’Hara, LPO director of marketing and public relations. “People
who have been coming to our concerts for years as well as newcomers respond
well when we perform Mozart. We’re looking forward to happy audiences relaxing
to wonderful music after the craziness of Mardi Gras.”
Tickets for “Mainly Mozart” are
$30, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $25, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $20, Balcony
2. The Columbia is offering a season ticket package for all three LPO concerts,
including the upcoming “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” on May 7 and the always
popular holiday concert on Dec. 3. The ticket package prices are $75, Orchestra
1 and Loge; $65, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $55, Balcony 2.
“Mainly Mozart” begins with the
Overture to “The Magic Flute,” Mozart’s most successful work. Audiences
are instantly charmed by music that effortlessly transports them into the
opera’s world of joy, reverence, and belief in the goodness of humanity.
The program continues with “Divertimento
No. 1,” a simple, charming composition from the teenage Mozart. An energetic
start is followed by a softer section which flows into a small but vigorous
movement that introduces a trio and concludes with a lively finale.
Next, the orchestra takes a break
from Mozart to play Gabrieli’s “Canzonas for Brass.” The work marks the
first time in the history of instrumental music that a composer made a
deliberate effort to impress the listener and overwhelm him with power
The night comes to a close with
Mozart’s “Symphony No. 41,” a piece that evokes images of Olympian grandeur
and, for this reason, was later nicknamed “Jupiter.” The mood of
the opening movement is proud and extroverted, yet in the second movement
Mozart shifts to an atmosphere of restrained elegance. The third movement
combines numerous contrasts creating music that is exquisitely balanced
in form. The final movement joins new themes with ideas from the previous
sections to construct a true masterpiece.
Tickets are available at the Columbia
box office, 985-543-4371, located in the theater’s lobby, 220 E. Thomas
Street, and online through TicketWeb, www.ticketweb.com. Box office hours
are noon to five p.m.. Feb. 9, 16, 19, 20 and 25-27.
The discount ticket package, which
will not be available after the Feb. 27 performance, is only available
at the box office.
For additional information on Columbia
2004 events, call 985-543-4366 or visit www.selu.edu/columbia..