Nostalgia reigns at 3:30 p.m. Sunday when the Lafayette Concert Band stages a concert in the style of John Philip Sousa, the most influential band leader of the early 20th century, in The Bayou Church, 2234 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette.
“Known as ‘The March King,’ Sousa possessed a larger-than-life persona,” conductor Gerald Guilbeaux says. “His charisma, musicianship and knack for structuring concerts made him wildly popular.”
Guilbeaux says he hopes to recreate that excitement at the “Sousa At The Bayou!” concert.
For this opening concert of its 2015 season, the band has invited baritone Paul Sahuc to join as narrator and vocalist. Along with a regional opera and concert career of more than 20 years, Sahuc has devoted his time primarily to the development of aspiring singers.
Sahuc has served on the music faculty of several universities, music festivals, apprentice programs and on the music staff of opera companies as performer in opera and in outreach programs. He will be featured on the dramatic Rudyard Kipling ballad “Danny Deever” and Sousa’s own “I’ve Made My Plans For The Summer.”
The concert also will feature Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,’ “King Cotton” and “The Belle of Chicago.” Spotlight numbers will include “Le Chasseur Maudit” by César Franck, along with “English Folksong Suite” by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
“It’s going to be a concert filled with music everyone can enjoy — a truly great family concert,” Guilbeaux says.
Concert tickets are $10 and available at the door. Season tickets are $30. The band will also perform April 12 and May 24 at its Memorial Day Concert. Two more concerts will be held in the fall.
For information, call (337) 989-1279.