Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony announces 2018-19 season

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The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony will open its 2018-19 season Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.

The orchestra under Music Director Dr. Douglas Bakenhus will help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts with five concerts as well as participating in the annual Christmas Gala. During the season, the orchestra will welcome back a number of successful alumni to conduct and perform with the orchestra.

On, Sept. 25, Brian Coatney, director of orchestral studies at Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, will be guest conductor leading the orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5.”

Coatney, a 2001 summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern State, has conducted some of Texas’ top high school orchestras. His orchestras have won numerous awards including Texas State Honor Orchestra in 2011 and 2014 with him as head director and as a staff member in 2006 and 2008.

Guest soloist Dr. Raúl Munguía and guest narrator Sherman Desselle will be featured in a concert, “A Celebration of Peace with Music from the Americas,” on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. This concert will feature works by composers who are all from North or South America, and former students of Nadia Boulanger in Paris including Adolphus Hailstork (USA), Carlos Chavez (Mexico), Astor Piazzolla (Argentina), Adolfo Mejia (Colombia), and Aaron Copland (USA).

Munguía is director of orchestras and violin/viola instructor at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He is also the artistic director and conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony. Munguía received his Master of Music Degree from NSU in 2009 and was the founder of the NSU Chamber Orchestra.

Desselle, an anchor/reporter for KALB TV in Alexandria, is a graduate of NSU with a degree in vocal performance. He will narrate “Lincoln’s Portrait.”

The orchestra will be an integral part of the annual Christmas Gala on Nov. 28-29 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m., a classical concert will be presented. The program will open with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of Nobles,” followed by Copland’s “John Henry,” Bizet’s “Carmen Suite No. 1” and concluding with Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 9” (The Great).

A Pops Concert is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at 4 p.m. on the Downtown Riverbank Stage. The program will consist of music from the movies including “Star Wars,” “007 Through the Years,” “Gladiator,” “Les Miserables” and more.

Winners of the annual NSU Concerto Competition will be featured in the season’s final concert on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The program will also feature the energetic “Symphonic Metamorphosis” by Paul Hindemith.