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Lamar Civic Orchestra performs classics from opera, film and ballet

Bonnie HainesThe Lamar Civic Orchestra’s spring concert on Tuesday, April 15, presents an opportunity to hear a wide range of musical styles, from standard classics to lighter fare, such as comic opera themes, film scores and ballet music. The free performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in Lamar State College - Port Arthur’s Performing Arts Center.

"This is an orchestral program full of musical colors," said Kurt Gilman, director of the orchestra and chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. "We’ll have works by Sibelius, Debussy, Lebrun, Herbert, Copland and Bernstein. One cannot help but leave humming a familiar tune!"

Bonnie Haines will be the featured guest artist at the concert. Haines is adjunct instructor of double reeds in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. She will perform Ludwig Lebrun’s “Concerto No. 1.” Haines is the English hornist for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, principal oboist of the Houston Sinfonietta and second oboist of the Lake Charles Symphony.

Other works on the program include Jean Sibelius’s short tone poem “Finlandia,” “Ballet from Petite Suite,” by Claude Debussy, selections from Victor Herbert’s comic opera “The Serenade” and film background music from “Our Town,” by Aaron Copland. The concert concludes with an upbeat arrangement of selections from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story."

The Lamar Civic Orchestra embodies the tradition of musical excellence that has become synonymous with the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.

Now in its sixth year, the full symphony orchestra, organized by Gilman, provides 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.