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Lamar Civic Orchestra’s fall concert: Excursions

Dr. Kurt GilmanThe Lamar Civic Orchestra will take audiences on a world tour with works from Italy, Germany, Russia, Austria and the United States with their fall concert, “Excursions,” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19. The free performance will be in Lamar University’s Setzer Student Center Ballroom.

The concert, directed and conducted by Kurt Gilman, chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music, opens with an original composition, “Investiture Fanfare,” written for the Investiture of new Lamar University President Dr. Kenneth Evans by graduate music student Jonathan Blake of Westlake, La.

Other works to be performed include “La Scala di Seta Overture” by Gioachino Rossini; “Amazing Grace,” accompanied by the student ensemble Cardinal Sound Brass Quintet; Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dubinushka”; Amadeus Mozart’s “Idomeneo Overture”; and Johann Strauss’s “An der schönen blauen Donau (By the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314.” The In Flight Quintet, another student brass ensemble, will then join the orchestra for the “National Emblem March” by E. E. Bagley. The concert concludes with orchestral selections from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” arranged by Jack Mason.

The Lamar Civic Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra organized by Gilman in 2008 to provide an opportunity for trained musicians from all walks of life to perform together and enrich the community.  The orchestra’s members include undergraduate and graduate students at Lamar, students at the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities, Lamar faculty and staff, area music educators and Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana musicians from a number of different professions.

For more information, call the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at (409) 880-8144.