Sunday, November 22, 2009

Baroque Artists of Shreveport present 2nd performance of the Season 11-22-2009

The Baroque Artists of Shreveport performed at St Marks Cathedral today before a very large and appreciative crowd and with the final number on the program, ushered in the first concert of the coming festive season, excerpts from Handel's Messiah. I'll be adding more commentary as I have time this week.


Principal flutist Sally Horak







Harpisichordists Don Smith and Gay Gross. Smith also played organ

Bass-baritone Horace English








violist Adrienne Gabriel
violinist Angela Russell












mezzo-soprano
Lory Tubbs

Violinist Jennifer Carsillo Butterman

Double Bassist Chris Allen


'Cellist Ruth Drummond

Tenor William Parsons
Soprano Gale Odom

Principal oboist Theresa Bridges and Stewart Wlliams

Monday, October 12, 2009

Longview Symphony Orchestra opens 2009-2010 season at LeTourneau College October 10

LSO Music Director Tonu Kalam





LSO Percussion section Robert, Anthony, Melissa, Scott, Doug, Chan

More photos of the LSO Oct 10 concert coming along with some comments about the upcoming season. Program included Respighi's Pines of Rome, Christopher Rouse' Rapture and Wagner's Prelude to Tristan and Isolde. Offstage periphery brass for Pines of Rome was provided by the East Texas Symphonic Band Ensemble.

East Texas Symphonic Band Ensemble

Tonu Kalam conducting the off-stage brass ensemble


Gary Bruns asking for paperwork


Music Director Tonu Kalam and violist Borys Smolaga


Tubist Jarrod Robertson

lower brass section



Trumpet - Lewis Smith

Brenda Hinton assisting

'cellists Elizabeth Fortner and Maomao Zhang




Bassoonist Anne Power and Sara Scurry

Concertmaster Isidor Saslav and asst. C.M. Renee Ward





Percussionist Doug Parmelee


Percussionist Scott Harris

Pr. Perc Chan Teague
Anthony Robinson 






Break time

Percussionist Robert Crutchfield




LSO Trombone section

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Baroque Artists of Shreveport (BAS) opens its 2009-10 season at Centenary College Hurley School of Music

Sunday, October 4, 2009, a rainy, dreary day outside but not inside Anderson Hall in the Hurley School of Music. Wonderful sounds of life eminated from the stage with the glorious sounds of Baroque music to a good sized crowd of music lovers including yours truly, who would love to play baroque music, but the repertoire is limited for horns. So I just became another enthralled audience member for a change and, of course, took photos. The concert was free as are all BAS concerts.

At the concert



Centenary students

Dr. Todd Gabrielle of Centenary Music School with Chris Allen

Bill Teague and friends

Michael Butterman with LaWanda Blakeney





pint sized audience members

Chris Allen

Ruth Drummond with bassist Chris Allen


violist Adrienne Gabrielle


violinist Angela Russell


Don Smith


Don Smith


'cellist Ruth Drummond

Jennifer Carsillo


flutist Sally Horak


flutist Sally Horak and violinist Jennifer Carsillo


harpsichordist Don Smith and 'cellist Ruth Drummond


oboist Theresa Zale Bridges







CONCERT NEWS - The Longview Symphony will present its opening concert 7:30 PM Saturday evening on Oct 10 at LeTourneau College. Unfortunately, budget cuts have forced the LSO to reduce its full orchestra concerts to 3 this season instead of the usual 4 plus the night in Vienna in late December. For the first time ever in my history with the Longview Symphony, smaller ensembles have been scheduled for several programs and will be held at various locations in Longview as per the symphony's website.