The wind instruments will take center stage when the Louisiana Sinfonietta opens its 33rd season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the LSU School of Music Recital Hall on Dalrymple Drive.
The performance will feature the Sinfonietta Wind Quintet, and the program includes chamber music by composers W.A. Mozart, Charles Gounod, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy and Darius Milhaud, as well as LSU composers and noted Greek composer Michael Travlos.
Directed by Maestro Dinos Constantinides, the afternoon concert will be a change of pace for the Sinfonietta, presenting wind instruments almost exclusively, in solo and ensemble combinations, along with spotlight soloists Arisia Gilmore on French horn, clarinetist John Coppa, flutist Suzanne Buerkle and mezzo-soprano Chelsey Geeting.
Other concerts in the 2015-16 season will include the Nov. 3 American premiere of a short, one-act opera, “Are Women People?” by Louisiana composer and Paris Sorbonne graduate Kate Waring, directed by LSU voice faculty member Sandra Moon. This will be the only concert of the series on a Tuesday instead of Sunday.
On Jan. 17, presenting guest conductor Victor Klimash will lead the Sinfonietta in its traditional “Young at Heart” concert for families, which concludes with a musical story for children.
The Valentine’s Day concert on Feb. 14 will feature J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for Piano No. 1,” with pianist Michael Gurt as the soloist, and Franz Schubert’s romantic “Rondo for Violin and Strings,” with guest violinist Walter Verdehr as soloist.
The season will close on April 3 with a glimpse of the music of well-known Greek composers and two pieces for voice by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Panamanian composer Ricardo Risco, spotlighting Geeting as soloist.
Tickets for the first concert are $15; $5 for students. Visit louisianasinfonietta.org. Tickets also will be available at the door. Season tickets also are available online or at the door for $70. For information, call (225) 766-3487 evenings and (225) 5784010 during the day.