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WIND SYMPHONY TO PRESENT CONCERT, “VOODOO!”
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Louisiana University Department
of Music and Dramatic Arts will present “VooDoo!,” a concert by the university’s
Wind Symphony at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21.
The free 7 p.m. concert is scheduled
for the university’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, located
at 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.
Southeastern assistant professor
Andrew Seigel, clarinet, will be featured as guest artist in the symphony’s
performance of Philip Sparke’s “Concerto for Clarinet,” which Conductor
Glen Hemberger described as a new three-movement composition that showcases
the extraordinary versatility of the instrument.
Hemberger will welcome as guest
conductor Jeff Vaughan, director of bands at Northshore High School in
Slidell and a Southeastern graduate student. Vaughan will collaborate with
the Wind Symphony on Percy Grainger’s delightful classic, “Children’s March:
Over the Hills and Far Away.”
Also on the program will be a
new arrangement of Giacomo Puccini’s legendary aria “Nessun
Dorma” from the opera “Turandot.” Two movements, “Mars and Jupiter,”
from Gustav Holst’s 1916 masterwork, “The Planets,” will also be featured.
“Both movements are tremendous
showpieces, demonstrating the power and majesty of the forces of the full
wind band,” Hemberger said.
The program will also include
a performance of Keith Wilson’s legendary setting of the March from “Symphonic
Metamorphosis” by Paul Hindemith.
“Rounding out the evening will
be a piece unlike any other that the Wind Symphony has presented for many
years, Daniel Bukvich’s ‘VooDoo!,’” Hemberger said. “A theater piece performed
in near-dark environment, ‘VooDoo!’ has become a crowd favorite around
the country since its debut in 1984.”
Seigel is in his first year at Southeastern having joined the faculty
after teaching clarinet at Michigan State University, Albion College, and
Spring Arbor University. He earned his doctoral degree at Michigan State,
where he studied with Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. From 1997 to 1999, he studied
as a Fulbright Scholar at Hungary’s Franz Liszt Academy of Music.
Originally from California, Seigel
received his bachelor’s degree in music education, and master’s degree
in music performance from California State University at Fresno. He has
performed throughout the United States and in Hungary, Germany, and Romania.
In addition to orchestras in Michigan and California, he has performed
locally with Symphony Northshore, the Acadiana Symphony and the Mobile
Comprised of the finest wind and
percussion musicians attending Southeastern, the Wind Symphony recently
performed at the joint Southern Regional Conferences of the College Band
Directors National Association and National Band Association held at Emory
University in Atlanta. The Wind Symphony was one of only eight ensembles
invited to perform.
For further information, contact
the Southeastern Band Office at 985-549-2599.