Donald McKinney will step on the podium to conduct his first concert as director of the LSU Wind Ensemble and the LSU Symphony Orchestra will premier Dinos Constantinides’ new “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.”
Add a recital by the LSU School of Music’s artist-in-residence Christopher O’Riley, and all combine for a busy schedule for the next two weeks in the LSU School of Music.
The LSU Symphony Orchestra’s concert is first in the lineup, opening its 2011-2012 season at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the LSU Student Union Theater, Raphael Semmes Drive on campus.
The concert will feature soloist Michael Gurt on piano and guest violinist Yova Milanova joining the orchestra in the premier of Constantinides’ new concerto.
Constantinides is both a composer and director and founder of the Louisiana Sinfonietta.
Also on the program are Mozart’s “Symphony No. 35,” Debussy’s “Nocturns” and Ravel’s concert rhapsody for violin and orchestra, “Tzigane.”
The LSU Wind Ensemble’s concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, also in the LSU Student Union Theater.
McKinney will be in the spotlight as he makes his debut as the Wind Ensemble’s new director.
Tickets for both the LSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble are $18, adults; $15, faculty, staff, seniors; and $12, students with ID.
O’Riley will perform his recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall, Dalrymple Drive on campus.
NPR fans will be familiar with O’Riley as the host of From the Top. He returns as the LSU School of Music’s artist-in-residence for a second year.
His recital program will include 18th century composers, as well as modern composers. The concert will begin with “Saisei” by Brett William Dietz, associate professor of percussion in the LSU School of Music. It will be followed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537,” Michael Daughtery’s “Lost Vegas,” Zdenek Lukas’ “Musica Boema, Op. 137,” Karl Husa’s “Les Couleurs Fauves” and Alberto Ginastera’s “Danza Final from Estancia,” arranged by David John.
O’Riley’s recital is free.
For tickets to the other concerts, call (225) 578-5128.
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