Dr. Douglas Bakenhus is music director of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony. The featured guest artist is Northwestern State Instructor of Oboe Leah Forsyth. 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.
The program is “Overture to Fidelio” by Beethoven, Mozart’s “Concerto for Oboe” featuring Forsyth, Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” and “Huapango” by José Pablo Moncayo.
Leah Forsyth has been a member of NSU’s faculty since 2011. She was oboist with the United States Army Field Band in Washington D.C., from 2007-2011, where she also performed regularly throughout the United States with the Woodwind Ambassadors Quintet. She was solo English horn with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2007.
A native of central Ohio, Forsyth holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from Florida State. She has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, Charleston (S.C.) Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. She is principal oboe of the Rapides Symphony and second oboe with the Texarkana Symphony.
She is a founding member of the Three Reeds Duo with husband and saxophonist Paul Forsyth. Three Reeds performs throughout the world, building a repertoire ranging from baroque and classical transcriptions to contemporary and newly commissioned works. Their debut CD “signals cross” was released by Blue Griffin Records.
For more information on Leah Forsyth please visit LeahForsythMusic.com.