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. 

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Tickets available online at 

Monroe Symphony Orchestra

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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.