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Wind Ensemble and Concert Band to feature Psalm 150 Gospel Choir

At the March 6 Lamarissimo! concert, not only will audiences hear Lamar’s talented Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, but they will also be treated to performances by the award-winning Psalm 150 Gospel Choir and two vocal soloists. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Julie Rogers Theatre.

Scott Deppe, director of bands, conducts the Wind Ensemble, while Ryan Smith, director of athletic bands, leads the Concert Band.  More than 100 Lamar students will perform at the concert, sponsored by ExxonMobil.

“Each year, I plan to feature local talent in addition to the bands at the Lamarissimo! concert,” said Deppe. “I look to the Lamar community, Beaumont and all of Southeast Texas to bring in the best talent to perform with us.”

At last year’s Lamarissimo! band concert, the Wind Ensemble shared the stage with local country blues band Coal Train. This year will feature an entirely different genre of music with Psalm 150 Gospel Choir, a student organization directed by Freddie Titus, instructor of mathematics at Lamar. 

Titus founded Psalm 150 Gospel Choir and has been its director since 1979. During the school year, members of Psalm 150 Gospel Choir compete with students in choirs from universities such as Sam Houston State University, Prairie View A&M University and Texas A&M University. Through the decades, the choir has won first prize in choir fellowship competitions multiple times.

The Wind Ensemble will lead Psalm 150 Gospel Choir in “Procession of the Levites and Anthem of Praise” by Darin Atwater and Richard Smallwood. They will then move into a performance of “Angels in the Architecture” by Frank Ticheli, featuring Angela Pickering, soprano and instructor of voice at Lamar. Other selections to be performed by the Wind Ensemble include “Windsprints” by Richard Saucedo and “The Spine of the Devil” by W.O. Bullock.

The concert will open with a performance by the Concert Band, directed by Smith. The band will play “Island Fox” by Kelly Bennette and “Variations on Scarborough Fair” by Calvin Custer. Soprano Debra Greschner, instructor of voice, will join the band for “Acrostic Song” from “Final Alice” by David Del Tredici, arranged by Mark Spede. “Final Alice,” commissioned in 1976, is inspired by the last two chapters of “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.

The Lamarissimo! Concert Series is presented by the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.

The Julie Rogers Theatre is at 765 Pearl St. in downtown Beaumont.  Individual tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students and will be available in the theatre box office beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the performance. Admission is free to students of Lamar University with valid LU identification.