Symphony to perform Halloween concert Monday


The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra will perform a special Halloween concert Monday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.

Dr. Douglas Bakenhus is music director of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony. Guest conductors will be NSU Director of Bands Dr. Jeffrey Mathews and graduate assistant Jolie Gonzalez Masmela. Tickets are $10. Northwestern State University, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D.

Featured soloists will be NSU faculty Dr. Kristine Coreil on horn, sopranos D’Nissa Hester and Terrie Sanders, baritone Dr. Corey Trahan and tenor Michael Rorex.

“This concert is a great opportunity to showcase many of our fine faculty soloists,” said Bakenhus. “I went to our voice faculty for ideas on works they could perform for a Halloween concert and they gave me some excellent suggestions.”

The orchestra will perform “Dead Elvis” by Michael Daugherty with Mathews conducting, “Harry Potter Symphonic Suite” by John Williams and arranged by Brubaker, “Serenade for Tenor Solo, Horn, and Strings” by Benjamin Britten featuring Coreil and Rorex, “Doll Aria” from “Tales of Hoffman” by Jacques Offenbach featuring Hester and “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky with Masmela conducting.

Also on the program are selections from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Weber and arranged by Calvin Custer, “The Black Swan” from “The Medium” by Gian Carlo Menotti featuring Sanders, “A Little Priest” from “Sweeney Todd” by Stephen Sondheim featuring Hester and Trahan and “Berceuse” and “Finale” from “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky.