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LPO BRINGS RUSSIAN CLASSICS TO COLUMBIA
THEATRE MARCH 11
HAMMOND – The Louisiana Philharmonic
Orchestra will bring the sound of Russian classics to Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 11.
“St. Petersburg and Moscow,”
an LPO “Causal Classics” concert, will feature beloved works by composers
such as Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Conducted by LPO Maestro
Timothy Muffitt, the program is the second of three LPO concerts slated
for the downtown Hammond theater during its 2004-2005 season.
Tickets for the 7 p.m.
performance are available at the Columbia box office, 220 E. Thomas Street,
985-543-4371. Tickets are $33, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $27, Orchestra 2 and
Balcony 1; $20, Orchestra 3; and $19, Balcony 2. Box office hours are noon-5
p.m., weekdays. Tickets are also available online through TicketWeb.
The program will begin
with Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” a rousing concert opener written
in 1947 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a momentous event in Soviet
history, the October Revolution of 1917. Unlike much Soviet “Party” music,
the piece has a niche among Shostakovich’s most popular works because of
its brilliant scoring, fine craftsmanship and witty effects.
Shostakovich will be followed
by a march from Serge Prokofiev’s zany opera “The Love for Three Oranges,”
a work characterized by Prokofiev’s acerbic harmonies, droll tunes and
satirical twists. Up next will be Tchaikovsky’s incomparable “Swan Lake,”
unarguably the world’s favorite ballet score, and the overture to another
opera, “Russian and Ludmilla,” by , Mikhail Glinka, Russia’s first important
The LPO will also perform
a special arrangement for violin and piano of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight
of the Bumble Bee,” the most famous number of the composer’s opera, “Tsar
The concert will conclude
with excerpts from “Gayaneh” by Aram Khachaturian, one of the most brilliant
composers to come out of the former Soviet Union, and “Polovtsian Dances”
from Alexander Borodin’s opera “Price Igor.”
For additional information
about the LPO’s concert, contact the Columbia Theatre for the Performing