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SOUTHEASTERN WIND SYMPHONY
FEATURE WORLD CLASS CLARINETIST
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Louisiana
University Wind Symphony will welcome world renowned clarinetist John Bruce
Yeh as soloists at its spring concert, "Come, Memory," May 5, at the Columbia
Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The free concert will begin at
7:30 p.m.; doors will open at the university’s historic downtown Hammond
theater at 6:45 p.m.
Conducted by Southeastern music
professor and director of bands Glen J. Hemberger, the Wind Symphony is
comprised of the university’s most outstanding woodwind, brass, and percussion
Yeh, associate principal clarinetist
with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will join the Wind Symphony in Carl
Maria von Weber's "Concerto No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 74."
The Wind Symphony’s program will
also include works by Percy Grainger, Eric Whitacre, and Philip Parker,
and will feature the dramatic "Gandalf, the Wizard," from Johan de Meij's
"Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings."
“Celebrating its 15th anniversary,
‘Gandalf’ is characterized by its stunning brass fanfares and brilliant
woodwind passages,” Hemberger said. He said the work will be guest conducted
by Craig Millet, director of bands at St. Amant High School in Gonzales.
Conducted by Southeastern music
professor Alissa Mercurio Rowe, director of choral activities, the University
Chorus, Northshore Chorale, Concert Choir, and Women's Ensemble will join
the Wind Symphony in the North American premiere of Richard Prior's "Hymn
for Nations United." Based on a text by W.H. Auden, the work was first
performed by the massed band and choir of the Association for Music in
International Schools Festival held in The Hague, The Netherlands, in March.
Prior, a former member of the Southeastern music faculty, will attend the
Rounding out the program will
be Donald Grantham's new piece, "Come, Memory." Hemberger said the
piece was written to honor “the lives lost, the heroes found, and the enduring
spirit of America on the September 11, 2001 attack against the World Trade
Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.”
“The work begins as an elegy
for those who lost their lives, and concludes with a hymn for those who
remember them,” he said..
Earlier in the day, Yeh will
participate in the university’s first Clarinet Symposium, a day-long series
of master classes and recitals for high school, college and professional
clarinetists at the Columbia Theatre. The symposium, directed by Southeastern
music professor Deborah Andrus, will culminate at 6:45 p.m. with a performance
by the symposium’s “Clarinet Choir” led by Paul Frechou, director of bands
at Mandeville High School.
Born in Washington, D.C., and
raised in Los Angeles, Yeh joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the
age of 19. He pursued pre-medical studies at the University of California-Los
Angeles before entering the Julliard School of Music in 1975. As director
of Chicago's Pro Musica, he received a Grammy Award in 1986 as "Best New
Yeh frequently plays at festivals
and on chamber music series worldwide, and has appeared several times with
Music from Marlboro, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He
has performed concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on several
occasions, and he continues to solo with bands and orchestras in such diverse
locations as Taipei's National Concert Hall and St. Petersburg's Great
Philharmonic Hall in Russia. He has been a faculty member at DePaul
University for more than 20 years.
The Wind Symphony concert is
sponsored by the Southeastern College of Arts and Sciences, the Department
of Music and Dramatic Arts, and Yamaha Corporation. For additional information,
contact Hemberger at 985-549-2599.
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