Monday, September 28, 2009

CODA of NWLA presents the OPUS Orchestra in Concert

2 photos above by Galina Mikhaylova

If you missed the OPUS concert last Saturday night 9-26-09 presented by the newly formed non-profit CODA, a 501 (C)(3), we hope you'll have another opportunity later this season. Held at FBC Shreveport, the evening began with the I-49 Brass Quintet classics and blues and the Flute Piano Jazz ensemble. After intermission the OPUS Orchestra conducted by Kermit Poling roared into Beethoven's 5th Symphony and the acoustics in the hall captured it all. Broadcast of this concert will be aired on Public Radio KDAQ, Friday October 30th at Noon, 89.9 on your FM dial.
CODA is working with the city to bring orchestra ensembles back to the schools. If you would like to donate to help support your OPUS Orchestra musicians, and promote a variety of performances in our community, please, go to or email Contributions are tax-deductable.

by sjwr - Dorothy Rivette - President of CODA

oboists Theresa and Stewart

Horn - Susan W Rogers -above 2 photos by Galina

Chan Teague

Janis A Teague and friends

The Murrys and others waiting for the concert

Matthew Philips - clarinetist

Hal Rogers and Patty Murphy

The Liliens

former Shreveporters now back home

The Saslovs

The Petersons and The Webbs

Rick Rowell and Mike Davidson

Jon Hinton and Mike Scarlato

Chris Allen

stage manager IATSE Russell Lewis

Uh, we have questions?

'cellists Eman Chalshotori, Ruth Drummond, David Jankowski

OPUS winds at rehearsal

Hmmm! Paperwork

violinists Jason and Brandon

violinist Larrie Williamson

OPUS Brass section

'round the podium after the concert

Galina Mikhaylova

Bassist Kirk Baker - - - - - - - - three more musketeers

after the concert and - - - - - - - pianist Judy Galetar

Gary and friends

music lovers

Trumpets - Mike Scarlato and Rick Rowell

Horn - Tom Hundemer and Tenor Trombone - Mike Davidson

Bass trombone - Mark Thompson

The I-49 Brass Quintet - Jazz and classics

Jazz trio and Flute - Chris, Chan, Judy, Sally

Principal Flutist Sally Horak with the Piano Jazz Trio

Pianist Judy Galetar

Coming this week. Photos and more from the OPUS Orchestra concert held September 26, 2009 at FBC of Shreveport. "Diversity in Music" presented by CODA of NWLA, a non-profit 501 C-3.

Special "NOTE". Has anyone seen a review of the concert? (Added later). I don't think there was a review.

Bassist Chris Allen

Principal Percussionist Chandler Teague

This week-end

Sunday Oct 4, BAS (Baroque Artists of Shreveport) will present its opening concert of the 2009-2010 season. Trio Sonatas by Vivaldi, J.S. Bach and Telemann. Oboe Sonata and Water Music Suite #3 by Handel.

Orchestra members are Sally Horak, Theresa Bridges, Jennifer Carsillo, Angela Russell, Adrienne Gabriel, Ruth Drummond, Christopher Allen and Don Smith.

Anderson Auditorium at Hurley School of Music Centenary College 3:00 PM. FREE to the public.

Coming soon - the October concert schedule

Where is your Orchestra?

Monday, September 14, 2009

An ovation, please, for the OPUS Orchestra

In concert at FBC Shreveport

The I-49 Brass Quintet

Flutist Sally Horak

Conductor Kermit Poling



In October 2008, the newly formed OPUS Orchestra (Orchestra Players United of Shreveport-Bossier) presented a Benefit concert at First Baptist Church of Shreveport for Louisiana hurricane victims, an opportunity to share our music for the good of those less fortunate. A check in the amount of $2,200.00 was presented to the local chapter of the Red Cross early this year by Rick Rowell and Peter Haas representing the members of the Orchestra.

On September 26th, 2009, the OPUS Orchestra through the efforts of the newly formed non-profit organization CODA (a 501 3(c), will present its first concert of the 2009-2010 season to share with our neighbors and friends in the community, "Diversity in Music". Venue again will be the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Shreveport. Concert time 7:00 PM. Prices are 25.00 general admission and 5.00 for students.

Tickets are available at the following locations and at the door:

Cadenza Violins - 3710 Youree Dr., S'pt
The Band House - 1273 Sp't Barksdale Hwy (Shreve City) S'pt
Shreveport Music Co. - 1815 E.70th St., S'pt
Sam Henry, IV Law Offices - 560 Boardwalk Blvd, Bossier City

The program will feature OPUS ensembles and the OPUS Orchestra in a variety of works written in different styles.

On the first half of the program The I-49 Brass consisting of Rick Rowell and Mike Scarlato on trumpet, horn player Thomas Hundemer, trombonist Michael Davidson and bass trombonist J. Mark Thompson will offer a full spectrum of brass music - classic, to blues to jazz. Flutist Sally Horak will join pianist Gay Grosz, bassist Christopher Allen and percussionist Chandler Teague for the foot tapping Claude Bolling Jazz Trio.

After intermission Maestro Kermit Poling will conduct the OPUS Symphony Orchestra in the all time audience favorite Beethoven Symphony No. 5.

Photos below are from last year's 2008 concert which earned a standing ovation.

orchestra photos by Galina Mikhaylova
Kermit Poling photo by Neil Johnson

"Diversity in Music" CODA poster by Lory Tubbs