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The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra will present “Celebrate the Brass” at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at First Baptist Church.
Music director Michael Butterman will conduct.
“Celebrate the Brass” will allow the low-brass section a chance to show off their talents in the spotlight — something the musicians don’t get the chance to do very often, said director Lois Robinson.
It’s been the case this season, especially, since the SSO has had to make a few adjustments to utilize their temporary performance venue at First Baptist. The brass players have been used less “because of the repertoire choices to take advantage of the acoustic environment in the church,” she said.
“As the concerto name suggests – this is for instruments that have low voices, so the usual pyrotechnics of the concerto format will be lower, fuller, and richer,” Robinson said.
The musicians’ regular concert space, Riverview Theater, is closed for renovation through the summer.
The concert will begin with British composer Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis,” which is based on a theme by an English Renaissance composer, Robinson said.
“It was written to be performed in Gloucester Cathedral, and has three distinct groups playing to create a surround-sound effect,” she said. “We picked it especially because it will sound just fabulous in the church’s warm and resonant acoustics.”
Next, the SSO will take on American composer Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Low Brass.
Higdon, a Grammy-winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient, wrote the concerto for the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and The Baltimore Symphony. The SSO will be the first orchestra outside of the commissioning orchestras to perform the piece, which Robinson described as “very tonal and accessible to all audiences.”
The low-brass section to shine during the performance will include musicians Michael Davidson and Adam Johnson on trombones, J. Mark Thompson on bass trombone, and Steven Curtis on tuba.
The evening will conclude with British composer Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations,” written as an homage to the composer’s family or friends with varying themes.
“It is funny, poignant, and beautiful music that will be topped off with the big pipe organ at the church joining in,” Robinson said.
A pre-concert discussion will be at 6:40 p.m. at the venue.
If you go
What: Celebrate the Brass
Presented by The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Where: First Baptist Shreveport, 543 Ockley Dr, Shreveport
When: 7:30 p.m. March 16
Info: Purchase tickets by calling (31) 227-8863 or visit shreveportsymphony.com.
Valet is available for $10. Complimentary shuttle services are available from the Madison Park Business Center parking lot on Slattery Boulevard off Gilbert Drive. Services begin at 6:30 p.m.
For more information on directions and parking, visit shreveportsymphony.com/concerts/directions-parking/.
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