Sunday, December 23, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Longview Symphony celebrates the holidays Thursday evening December 20, 2012

The Longview Symphony Orchestra joined by the Longview Youth Symphony Orchestra will be in concert in the Belcher Center at  LeTourneau College celebrating the Christmas Season this Thursday at 7:30 PM.

Conducting the Longview Symphony, Music Director Tonu Kalam

photo by sjwr

An Orchestral Christmas

Thursday, December 20, 2012

6:00 Box Office and Doors Open

6:30 Opening Notes

7:20 Fanfare

7:30 Concert

Belcher Box Office Center for tickets

or online


Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, "Fatto per la Notte di Natale" (Arcangelo Corelli)
Noël from Symphonic Sketches (George Whitefield Chadwick)
Polonaise from Christmas Eve (Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov)
Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 (Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov)
Serenade to Music (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson) with  Laura McKethan, guest conductor

Christmas Singalong (John Finnegan)

strings rehearsing the Corelli in the Hallsville H.S. Band Room with Tonu Kalam

Monday, December 10, 2012

FUMC Marshall presents Amahl and the Night Visitors in three performances Dec 12, 14 and 15

Mark Crim, choral director and conductor
FUMC Marshall

December 12,14 and 15 FUMC will present "Amahl and the Night Visitors" in the church activity center. The real meaning of Christmas with cast and live orchestra.

6:30 PM performances, Wed. Fri and Sat.

violins Angelique and Saul

Bethany - 2nd oboe
Shane - Principal oboe

Jeremy - bassoon
Doug - trumpet

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The West Edge String Quartet in concert tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM

You are invited to a free concert Sunday afternoon at 2 pm in the sanctuary of St. George's Episcopal Church, Bossier City.    The West Edge String Quartet will perform music of Mozart, Poling and holiday favorites from their Centaur recording.
Admission is free (donations welcome) and there will be refreshments served following the performance.

St. George's Episcopal Church 1959 Airline Dr. Bossier City

Members of the popular ensemble are

Kermit Poling - violin
Elizabeth O'Bannon - violin
Borys Smolaga - viola
Ruth Drummond - 'cello

Photo by Susan W. Rogers taken at St George's at their performance during last year's Christmas Season

Cypress Baptist Church, Benton, presents its Christmas Celebration Concerts Sunday Dec. 9, 2012

Rehearsing with the choir and orchestra

Choir Director and Conductor, Philip Wade

Cypress Baptist Church in Bossier City will offer two morning Christmas Services at its Bossier City Church Sunday, December 9, both with choir and full orchestra.

8:15 AM
10:45 AM

Palmetto Rd.

MORE Photos to follow

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra - Chamber Series holiday concerts - Brass, Percussion and Harp Saturday Dec 8 and 9, 2012

The Baton Rouge Symphony orchestra Chamber Series presents Holiday Brass, Percussion and Harp in two performances for your family and friends.

Saturday December 8, 2012  8:00 PM at St Joseph Cathedral in downtown 
Baton Rouge

Sunday December 9, 2012 4:30 PM at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Gonzales

From the BRSO webpage

Conducting the ensemble David Torns, BRSO Assistant conductor

Tickets available online at

Monroe Symphony Orchestra Holiday Classics Sat. Dec 8 @ 3:00 PM

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra presents Treasured Holiday Classics with guest artist Ben Utecht this Saturday afternoon at Brown Auditorium on the campus of ULM, conducted by MSO Maestro Clay Coutouriaux. 

From the MSO webpage . . . . . . . .

Tickets available online at 

Monroe Symphony Orchestra

From the MSO webpage . . . . . . 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

First Baptist Church Minden celebrates Christmas - Sunday 12-2-2012

The spirit of Christmas will be around you and in your heart at FBC Minden in the church sanctuary Sunday evening December 2 at 6:00 PM.

Come Join in the celebration with Todd and Alicia Dubose, Music Ministers, and the choir and orchestra of FBC

FBC Assistant Music Director Alicia Dubose

Todd Dubose - FBC Music Minister

Don Smith, organist and choirmaster at St Marks Cathedral in Shreveport - Rest in Peace Nov. 22, 2012

Rest In Peace, Don Smith

Don Smith was a friend and music colleague of mine whom I have known since the 1980's. Most notable to me was his integrity, his musicality and his devotion to his church family. One cannot speak of him without remembering a gentle, quiet person whose energy spoke for him.

I played Horn under him when he  conducted chamber orchestra concerts and great choral works. As a conductor he was so easy to follow and caught even the smallest nuances which might be missed by other less talented conductors. He literally coaxed great performances from all of us at the podium, yet never said a harsh word. I have had the pleasure of hiring brass musicians and timpani for the St. Marks Easter Service in recent years. Thank you, Don, for trusting me with that responsibility. What a glorious opportunity for musicians to play in the Cathedral on Easter morning. You will be greatly missed by all of us. We'll be there in St. Marks thinking of you next Spring.

The following obituary for Don Smith was posted in the Shreveport Times Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SHREVEPORT, LA - Donald Lynch Smith was a native of Chattanooga, TN. He was born August 30, 1954. He died at his home in Shreveport, LA on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012, at the age of 58 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Don graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1977 with a degree in Sacred Church Music. He was awarded a Master of Music in Organ Performance with High Distinction from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. His teachers included Robert Rayfield, John L. Hooker, Isa McIlwraith and Walker Breland. Don has performed with the Baroque Artists of Shreveport and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with choirs, and as an organ soloist throughout the United States, Mexico and the U.K.

He recently completed 28 years of service at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral and succeeded William C. Teague in 1987 as Organist and Choirmaster. He worked with the church choirs, boys choir, and hand bells and was the Director of chapel music and choir in the Day School until assuming the role of organist and choirmaster in the fall of 1987. He was active in the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Association of Diocesan Liturgists and Musicians, as well as the American Guild of Organists. He also served as a member of the Diocesan Music Commission.

Don was a blessed servant of God, a kind and encouraging man. Under his gentle guidance, choristers of all ages gained or improved basic skills, growing with his support into greater musical ability and deeper spiritual maturity. Don Smith was an excellent minister and inspired teacher with tremendous forbearance of the idiosyncrasies of human beings. His good humor was testament to his ability to laugh first at himself. A quiet and private man, Don will be remembered by his church as a man who believed what he sang and lived what he believed.

Don is predeceased by his father, James T. Smith, and his brother, James T. Smith, Jr. He is survived by his mother, Lorena Katherine Smith of Rossville, GA; partner, Ron St. Aubyn of Shreveport, LA; sister-in-law, Martha Smith of Flintstone, GA; niece, Jennifer Hisey and husband, Kenny Cone, and their children, Tyler and Nicholas, of Flintstone, GA; nephews, Jason Smith and his son, Dalton, and Marc Smith also of Flintstone, GA; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service celebrating Don's life will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2012, at St. Mark's Cathedral, Shreveport.

Don requested that any memorials be made to the fund for the maintenance and upkeep of the organ at St. Mark's Cathedral.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents Chamber by Candlelight Sunday 7:00 PM

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents its opening concert for the Candlelight Series in Vicksburg at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, Sunday, November 18, 2012 as a part of its Community Series.

Haydn's Symphony No. 73 (The Hunt), Handel's Water Music and more. 
Epsicopal Church of the Holy Trinity, 900 South St., Vicksburg.
Free and open to the public.  
This event is made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Trustmark.

Concert time    -    7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mississippi Symphony presents Chamber Concert No. 1 Friday evening November 16, 2012

Haydn's Symphony No. 73 (The Hunt) is featured on the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra chamber concert set for Friday evening November 16 at 7:30 PM with Music Director Crafton Beck on the podium. In addition Mezzo Soprano Viola Dacus will be singing the songs of Benjamin Britten.

John Adams                             Shaker Loops

Benjamin Britten                      Phaedre
Viola Dacus, mezzo-soprano

Erkki-Sven Tüür                      Insula Deserta


Franz Josef Haydn                   Symphony No. 73, the Hunt

7:30 PM, Friday, November 16, 2012
Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, Jackson, MS

tickets are available @
Phone: 601.960.1565 

Phone: 601.960.1565 

East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents the family oriented concert Cirque de la Symphonie Saturday Nov 17 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

The UT Tyler Cowen Center  hosts The East Texas Symphony Orchestra this Saturday afternoon, November 17, at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM with familiar classical music, jugglers and high flying aerialists for you and your family. Music Director Richard Lee conducts the orchestra.

Tickets may be purchased 
by phone

903.566.7424 or 

online @

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra with Schubert, Prokofiev and the Richard Strauss Horn concerto No. 1 Thursday evening 11-15-2012

BRSO's own Principal Horn, Angela Bagneto Finley plays the Strauss Concerto No.1 for Horn and Orchestra on its Thursday evening Masterworks III concert at the River Center Theatre. Music Director Timothy Moffitt conducts the orchestra on three pieces,  Schubert Symphony No. 5., excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Ballet and the Strauss Horn Concerto. 

Thanks to the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Webpage

Angela Bagnetto Finley

Maestro Timothy Moffitt

Concert time 7:30 PM

with concert Conversations beginning at 6:30 PM.

tickets may be purchased online @

box office


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Arkansas Symphony presents Beethoven and Bluejeans Nov. 10 and 11, 2012

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra blends the old, the new and the exotic in these two concerts featuring Beethoven and Blue Jeans with guest artist Wu Man on the ancient Chinese instrument, the Pipa. Philip Mann conducting.

Performances Saturday 11-10 at 8:00 PM . . . . . . 
and Sunday 11-11 at 3:00 PM

Robinson Center Music Hall, Little Rock

Tickets online or by phone

or  501.666.1761

Wu Man, pipa

Beethoven - The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture

Tan Dun - Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa with Wu Man

Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, Op. 35

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents Shadows and Light - Saturday 11-10-2012

Shadows and Light will be presented by SASO at Magnolia first Baptist Church. Artists are Jeffrey Biegel, Piano - Sally Horak, Piccolo - Jenna Tucker, Soprano and Karen Watkins, Alto.

From the SASO webpage

ticket information

This concert will feature a newly commissioned work entitled Shadows featuring virtuosic talent, Jeffrey Biegel on the piano. From Shadows step outside into the light with Baroque piccolo concerto and a Vivaldi choral work.
Concert time 7:30 PM

Music Director and Conductor
Kermit Poling


Jeffrey Biegel, pianist

Sally Horak, piccolo

Jenna Tucker, soprano

Karen Watkins, alto

Texas Woman's University Choir 
Dr. Joni Jensen, director

SAU Heritage Singers 
Dr. David DeSeguirant, director

El Dorado High School Choir 
Greg Oden, director


Vivaldi: Concerto for Piccolo

Zwilich: Shadows


Vivaldi: Gloria in D

"Shadows" by Ellen Zwilich - featuring pianist, Jeffrey Biegel

Monday, November 5, 2012

KDAQ - "on the road, again" Friday noon with Regional Symphony Orchestra programmimg

Friday, more than a week ago I had the pleasure of listening to KDAQ while on the road to Monroe which was offering an Acadiana Symphony performance from its 2010-2011 season. Trying to remember the program which included a piece by Christopher Lee and the Polyvetsian Dances. The concert was absolutely gorgeous and the tempos were especially breathtaking in the "Dances". My congratulations to the Principal Clarinetist, and Principal Horn.

Last Friday I listened to an SSO recent concert with some outstanding work by the new 4th Horn James Boldin, who actually was playing 3rd Horn on this concert. The Brahms Academic Festival Overture has an unforgiving and treaturous 3rd horn part as the piece winds its way to conclusion which must be heard above the rest of the orchestra madness. My sincere congratulations for the A-1 (scale of 10-10) for your due diligence in this infamous audition excerpt.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Acadiana Symphony November 10, 2012 - Cirque de la Symphonie

Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages

Heyman Performing Arts Center welsomes the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Cirque de la Symphonie Saturday, November 10, performance @ 7:30 PM. Family entertainment with jugglers, aerialists, and great music. Tcjaikovsky, Dvorak, Rimski-Korsakov, a visual spectacle. 

Music Director and conductor - Marius Smolij

Tickets at the box office 412 Travis 
Alexandria, LA


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Baroque Artists of Shreveport (BAS) 2012 - 2013 Season schedule

November 4,  2012 (Hurley Auditorium, Centenary College of Louisiana)

"Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto!"

Includes works of Vivaldi, Telemann, J.C. Bach and others.
Baroque : Artists: Sally Horak-piccolo/flute, Theresa Zale-Bridges-oboe, Dr. Douglas Bakenhus-bassoon, Laura Crawford and Daniel Santelices-violins, Elizabeth Grondin-viola, Ruth Drummond-cello, Dr. Gay Grosz and Cathy DeRousse--harpsichord/continuo
January 20, 2013 (St. Marks Cathedral)

"Duo Celebration"

Includes works of Leclair, Corelli-Vivaldi, Handel and others
Bass-baritone Horace English will perform with members of BAS
March 10, 2013 (Hurley Auditorium, Centenary College of Louisiana)

"Baroque Spring Break"

Includes works of Locatelli, Gluck and others
BAS violin soloist Laura Crawford will be a featured performer.
April 21, 2013  (St. Marks Cathedral)


Includes works of Telemann, Vivaldi and others
Program to include the Telemann concerto for Violin and Trumpet soloists, Telemann Concerto in G-Major for 4-violins and Vivaldi Concerto in A-minor for 2 violins.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Arkansas Symphony River Rhapsody Chamber Series Tues. Oct 30, 2012

ASO begins its 2012 - 2013 Parker Lexus River Rhapsody Chamber Series Tuesday, October 30, at the Clinton Presidential  Center on the riverfront featuring Duos for various stringed instruments:

Artists are ASO members.

Artists  and Program 

David Gerstein, cello Andrew Irvin, violin Tatiana Kotcherguina, viola Ryan Mooney, viola Geoffrey Robson, violin Barron Weir, contrabass    -       Mozart - Duo No. 1 in G for Violin and Viola, Rossini - Duetto for Cello and Bass Bridge - Lament for Two Violas, Kodaly - Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7.


Program information from the ASO website

        7:00 PM Concert

New Orleans Philharmonic All Saints Day concert November 1, 2012

NPO presents an All Saints Day program at First Baptist Church, New Orleans, Thursday November 1, Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto conducting.

5290 Canal Blvd

Guest Artists - Soprano, Natalya Kraevsky and Bass, Nikita Storojev


R. Strauss - Death and Transfiguration

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 14

7:30 PM


Program info. from the NPO website

Should be a smashing program

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Steve Lippia Saturday Nov. 3, 2012

Steve Lippia joins the Mississippi Symphony for a swing at swing Saturday November 3. Hear the music of Tony Bennett, Bobby Darren, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra in the Trust Mark Ballroom at the Jackson Civic Complex with Music director Crafton Beck conducting the orchestra.

Tickets may be purchased @


or online

Pops I: Simply Swingin' w/Steve Lippia

occurs on Saturday November 3 2012 in the
Convention Center East - Grand Ballroom
105 East Pascagoula Street

Approximate running time 120 minutes

Saturday, October 27, 2012

New Orleans Philharmonic, Sunday Oct 28 SPOOKY SPECTACULAR 3:00 PM

The New Orleans Philharmonic offers SPOOKTACULAR  FAMILY entertainment Sunday, October 28 under the direction of Glenn Langdon.

Music from Harry Petter - Batman

Children under age 12 FREE - all others just $10.00

Concert time 3:00 PM

Jesuit High School

tickets available at

the box office    504.523.6530

or online @

photo by sjwrogers

My recommendation for 2night's Entertainment - 2Johns with Pianist Winston Hall Sat 10-27-2012

Tonight keyboardest/singer Winston Hall will be entertaining at 2Johns 2night in Bossier City. A great way to spend an evening full of blues, jazz and a little R@R (rock and roll!!!). Enjoy the food and relax for the evening.

6-11:00 PM  Saturday 10-27

2Johns on Airline Drive, B.C.

Winston Hall

Friday, October 26, 2012