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RENOWNED CLASSICAL SAXOPHONIST TO PERFORM
WITH SOUTHEASTERN WIND SYMPHONY
HAMMOND – The Southeastern
Louisiana University Wind Symphony will welcome an internationally renowned
classical saxophonist as guest artist for “Rousseau!,” the symphony’s Fanfare
Conducted by Glen
J. Hemberger, the symphony will perform Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown
“The Wind Symphony
is pleased to welcome Eugene Rousseau as guest artist,” said Hemberger.
“Long considered one of the finest performers of his generation, he will
join us in presenting the ‘Concertino for Saxophone’ by Jerry Bilik, Frank
Bencriscutto’s ‘Serenade,’ and the beautiful and lyrical ‘Persuasion’ by
Hemberger said the
Wind Symphony will also perform “Variations on ‘America’” by Charles Ives,
Frank Ticheli’s stunning setting of Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” and the
popular “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius.
The program, sponsored
by the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, will also feature the debut
of the Southeastern Ragtime Ensemble, performing “The Sunflower Slow Drag”
by Scott Joplin.
Since his Carnegie
Hall debut in 1965, Rousseau has performed across America and on five continents.
He was among the first performers to give solo saxophone recitals in Paris,
Berlin, Vienna, London, and Amsterdam.
A Distinguished Professor
Emeritus at Indiana University, Rousseau joined the faculty at the University
of Minnesota in 2000. Through the years he has served as guest professor
and led saxophone master classes at renowned music schools such as Hochschule
für Musik in Vienna and the Paris Conservatory, as well as a yearly
course at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1993, he was awarded the rank of
Honorary Professor at the Prague Conservatory.
The catalogue of
Eugene Rousseau recordings includes more than a dozen discs. In addition
to several compact discs with piano, he has recorded with the Budapest
Strings, the Winds of Indiana, and the Haydn Trio of Vienna. In 1972, Yamaha
Corporation appointed him chief consultant for saxophone research and development.
Rousseau also has
studied and researched the artistic and acoustic characteristics of saxophone
mouthpieces, developing and overseeing production of a line of classical
and jazz saxophone mouthpieces that bear his name.
Admission for the
concert is $5, adults, and $3, senior citizens and Southeastern faculty,
and staff. Tickets are available from noon to 5 p.m., weekdays, at the
Fanfare box office in the Columbia Theatre lobby, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371,
and online at www.columbiatheatre.org.
Admission is free
for students of all ages with I.D. Doors to the Columbia Theatre will open
at 6:45 p.m.
For additional information
about the concert and other Fanfare 2005 events, contact the Columbia Theatre
at 985-543-4366 or visit www.columbiatheatre.org.