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LOUISIANA PURCHASE BICENTENNIAL CONCERT OPENS NEW CTPA
HAMMOND -- The Columbia Theatre
for the Performing Arts’ 2003 season will open January 19 with the Louisiana
Philharmonic Orchestra’s symphonic celebration of the bicentennial of the
American composer Robert Kapilow
will conduct the orchestra and an 80-voice chorus in the world premiere
of his composition “‘03: This New, Immense, Unbounded World” at the 3 p.m.
concert at Southeastern Louisiana University’s historic downtown theater.
Commissioned by the LPO and the
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, the piece will
debut in Baton Rouge on January 18. The Columbia Theatre performance will
be the first stop on a eight-city tour.
The concert program will include
the Bicentennial tribute and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3 (Eroica).”
Tickets for concert are $30,
Orchestra 1; $25, Orchestra 2; $30, Loge; $25, Balcony 1 $20, Balcony 2.
Tickets will go on sale on January 13 through Ticketweb – www.ticketweb.com
– or at the Columbia box office, 985-543-4371. The box office is located
in the theater’s lobby at 220 E. Thomas Street. Box office hours are noon
to 5 p.m.
In creating “‘03: This New, Immense,
Unbounded World,” Kapilow has traveled across Louisiana, inviting citizens
to participate in his musical and cultural research. Hibernia National
Bank sponsored a series of town meetings and creative workshops throughout
Louisiana, tagged the “Unbounded World” tour, to help Kapilow gather inspirational
feedback for his composition. Mayors, tribal elders, students and retirees
joined the composer in the creative process and discussed the significance
of the Louisiana Purchase.
The inspiration for the title
of Kapilow’s “‘03: This New, Immense, Unbounded World” was the passionate
congressional debate surrounding the Louisiana Purchase. The composer engaged
in similarly lively discussions with the citizens of Louisiana, which have
given him insight into the historic event itself. While touring Louisiana,
Kapilow previewed his newest composition, giving people the rare opportunity
to influence a classical work-in-progress. He has also engaged in an ongoing
dialogue with Louisianians through a special Web site, www.lplpo.com.
Kapilow’s “‘03: This New, Immense, Unbounded
World” is a 20-minute composition in five movements for orchestra and chorus.
Combining the thoughtful and evocative words of New Orleans writer Dalt
Wonk, and the powerful poetry of African American poet Lucille Clifton,
poet laureate of Maryland, Kapilow marries thought and melody into a remarkable
It is a musical tribute to the Louisiana
Purchase of 1803, in which President Thomas Jefferson and his representatives
negotiated the acquisition of the immense Louisiana Territory from French
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The territory’s 820,000 square miles was the
largest single parcel of land ever acquired by the United Sates, extending
from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border and from the Mississippi
River westward to the Rocky Mountains. The transfer was effected Dec. 20,
1803, at what is now Jackson Square in New Orleans.
According to Kapilow, interpreting the
landscape of the Louisiana Purchase through music requires the participation
of as many people as possible, because the purchase’s effects were profound.
“Lives were both ended and expanded; it (the era) was simultaneously wonderful
and terrible,” he said. “While (the Louisiana Purchase) set the tone and
very much laid down the path for what America was to become, the deal was
the death knell for the American Indians and forced many of the blacks
in the territory to lose their freedom. The Louisiana Purchase was a kaleidoscope
of experiences, and, through an ongoing discussion with the people of Louisiana
we hope to pay homage to them all.”
The interactive process is similar to
the one Kapilow has used in such previous compositions as “Union Station”
for the Kansas City Symphony and “D.C.: Monuments,” which was commissioned
by the Kreeger Museum and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in
Washington, D.C. But the Louisiana Purchase tribute marks the first time
he has invited a state to take part in the creative process.
Kapilow is celebrated for his ability
to bring the wonder of classical music to new
audiences. He studied at the age of 21 with famed composition teacher
Nadia Boulanger, two years before receiving his master’s degree from Yale
University. The following spring he graduated from the Eastman Conservatory
and immediately returned to Yale as assistant conductor of the Yale Symphony
Orchestra. Less than a year later, at the age of 24, he was appointed music
director and lecturer at the university.
Since then, as conductor or collaborator,
Kapilow has performed with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Philadelphia,
Kansas City, St. Louis, Toronto, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Milwaukee, as
well as those of New Jersey and North Carolina.
He regularly hosts and conducts three
of his best-known works – “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Gertrude McFuzz” –
both based on stories by Dr. Seuss, and his own adaptation of Chris Van
Alsburgh’s “Polar Express.”
For additional information about the
LPO Bicentennial Concert and other Columbia 2003 performances, call the
Fanfare-Columbia office, 985-543-4366 or e-mail email@example.com.
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