|PICNIC ‘N POPS CELEBRATES FANFARE’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MUSIC
“UNDER THE BIG TOP”
HAMMOND – Picnic ‘n Pops
has provided a musical grand finale for Fanfare since the early days of
Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October arts festival. Sponsored
by the Hammond Rotary Club, the 2005 version of the popular event will
feature the Southeastern Wind Symphony – and friends – in a fast-paced
program with a circus theme.
Christened “Under the Big
Top,” Picnic ‘n Pops 2005 is scheduled for 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, at
the Southeastern University Center.
“Friends,” said Wind Symphony
Director Glen Hemberger, encompasses his colleagues and student musicians
in the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts; and the “Big Top” is the
UC, home to Picnic ‘n Pops since the event’s inception in 1989.
At Fanfare’s first musical
picnic, the New Orleans Symphony performed selections from the musical
“Damn Yankees” with the New York Yankees’ Billy Martin narrating Aaron
Copland’s “Billy the Kid.” Since then, Picnic ‘n Pops entertainers have
also included the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Sentimental Serenaders, and Swing Set. And the event’s format has proved
to be as popular as its entertainment.
Picnic ‘n Pops patrons
bring their own picnic dinners – which range from gourmet fare on fine
china to pizza on paper plates – and mingle among the tables on the UC
arena floor until the evening’s musical entertainment begins.
Reservations for $150 eight-seat
floor tables are available through the Hammond Rotary Club, 985-345-2850.
General admission arena tickets, $5, can be purchased at the Columbia Theatre
for the Performing Arts box office, 220 East Thomas St., 985-543-4371,
and at the door.
Hemberger said in keeping
with Picnic ‘n Pops’ circus theme, Hammond community leader Guy Recotta
Jr. will serve as “ringmaster,” and arena and floor patrons can enjoy big
top-style fun such as clowns, balloon animals, face painting and free popcorn.
The Wind Symphony will
anchor the musical program with performances of “Einlitung” from Strauss’
“Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” Charles Ives’ “Variations
on ‘America,’ and Henry Fillmore’s “The Circus Bee.”
Hemberger has also tapped
the talents of Southeastern faculty such as Richard Schwartz, saxophone,
and Kenneth Bolton, piano, who will perform Rimsky-Korsakoff’s “The Flight
of the Bumblebee” and William Bolcom’s “Little Suite of Dances.” Bolton
and his wife and fellow pianist JoAnne Barry will be featured in Johannes
Brahm’s “Two Hungarian Dances”; and Andrew Seigel, clarinet, will play
Phillip Spark’s “Concerto for Clarinet.”
The Southeastern Faculty
Brass Quintet will contribute two numbers, Bachs Fugue in G Minor and
Just A Closer Walk with Thee. The Trumpet Ensemble will perform Fired Up!
by David A. Roth and the Guitar Ensemble will play two movements from George
Bizets Carmen Suite, arranged by Southeastern faculty member Patrick Kerber.
In addition to a variety
of other faculty and student ensembles and soloists, special treats will
include the debut of the Southeastern Ragtime Ensemble performing two Scott
Joplin rags and – as a preview of another upcoming Fanfare event – the
“von Trapp children” from the Opera-Music Theatre Program’s Nov. 1-5 production
of “The Sound of Music,” who will sing “Do-Re-Mi” and “So Long, Farewell”
accompanied by Charles Effler, piano.
Doors will open at 4:30
p.m. with the concert beginning at 6 p.m. For additional information, call
the Columbia Theatre office, 985-543-4366.