Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus to perform Tuesday

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The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and NSU Symphony Chorus will perform Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.

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. Conductors will be Dr. Douglas Bakenhus, director of orchestral studies, Dr. Nicholaus Cummins, director of choral activities and graduate assistant Jolie Gonzalez Masmela.

NSU music students or those in fine arts courses can attend a concert dress rehearsal on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.

A special part of the performance is the induction of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society into the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice Estelle Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts Hall of Fame.

“The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society has, for the last 50 years, played a crucial role in the evolution of the Symphony and the School of Creative and Performing Arts,” said Dr. Greg Handel, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. As a community organization, they have fostered a love and support of symphony music and artistic endeavors, and as an organization they have supported NSU and the Creative and Performing Arts with fundraising and scholarship support for our string students.”

Handel said the Symphony Society has had a major impact on Natchitoches and has made the community a better place to live.

“The Symphony Society is responsible for an artistic spirit on campus and throughout the community that is rarely seen in places similar to NSU and Natchitoches,” said Handel. “The goodwill they have fostered during their 50 years has positioned them as an influential artistic organization and an impactful community organization. CAPA looks forward to continued growth and partnerships with the symphony society, and we wish them well on a fruitful next 50 years.”

Bakenhus said the works being performed would be celebratory in honor of the Symphony Society.

“Many of these works were performed at times of celebration,” said Bakenhus. “This is a way to honor the work done by the Symphony Society for more than 50 years. Their continued support is valuable.”

The program includes “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland; “Coronation Anthem No. 1, Zadok the Priest” by George Frederick Handel conducted by Cummins; “Chanson de Nuit” and “Chanson de Matin” by Sir Edward Elgar conducted by Masmela and “Waltz” from “Eugene Onegin” by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

After intermission, the orchestra will perform “The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare” by Percy Aldridge Grainger; “Mass No. 15 in C major Coronation” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius featuring the NSU Symphony Chorus.

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