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Faculty artists shine at Lamarissimo! concert Nov. 3

The 22nd season of the Lamarissimo! Concert Series continues Thursday, Nov. 3, with performances by faculty artists from Lamar University’s Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. The concert, sponsored byAmerican Valve & Hydrant Manufacturing Co., starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Julie Rogers Theatre in downtown Beaumont.

The show opens with a performance by the Lamar Civic Orchestra, a first for the Lamarissimo! concert series. The full-symphony orchestra was organized by Kurt Gilman in 2008 to provide an opportunity for trained musicians from all walks of life to perform together and enrich the community. The orchestra will perform the score from the 1952 television documentary “Victory at Sea,” composed by Richard Rodgers and Robert Russell Bennett. The documentary showed World War II battle footage including the Battle of the North Atlantic, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway.

“I think this is going to be a very popular piece,” said Gilman. “‘Victory at Sea’ was a rousing success that enjoyed a 10-year syndication and a loyal and dedicated audience.”

The concert lineup includes Debra Greshner singing Musetta’s aria from “La Bohème,” with piano accompanimant by Dwight Peirce; guitarist Marc Garvin performing Isaac Albeniz’s “Asturias (Leyenda)”; and mezzo-soprano Isabelle Ganz singing “Aria” by John Cage.

Other performances include Betsy Hines on piano with Noel Turner singing “The Music That Makes Me Dance” from “Funny Girl”; and baritone Serdar Ilban singing “Infelice! E tuo credevi (Ernani)” by Giuseppe Verdi. Ilban will then join Greschner in a performance of “Dreaming” by Lori Laitman. Both numbers will be accompanied by Peirce. There will also be a musical selection performed by Lamar President Jimmy Simmons, accompanied by Hines.

The Faculty Brass Quintet will wrap up the show with "Killer Tango” by Sonny Kompanek. The quintet features Brian Shook on trumpet, Wayne Dyess on trombone, Robert Culbertson on horn, and students Christopher Martinez of Pearland on trumpet and Gannon Miller, Nederland, on tuba. The performance will be accompanied by a tango number choreographed by Lou Arrington featuring student dancers Havord Trusty, Beaumont; Marrisha Babineaux, Fresno; Betty Chen, Plano, Natalie Rhodes, Beaumont; and Ashli Whittington, Baytown.

Season tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for (K-12) students and include admission to all the remaining concerts in the 2011-2012 season. Individual tickets, $18 for adults and $12 for (K-12) students, will be available in the theatre box office before the performance. Admission is free to students of Lamar University upon presentation of their LU ID. The Lamarissimo! Concert Series is presented by the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University. Call (409) 880-8144 for additional information.