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LU Brass Choir headlines inaugural “Soul of the City” concert

LU Brass Choir rehearsing at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica

Lamar University’s Brass Choir will open the new “Soul of the City” concert series hosted by St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature new works for brass choir, as well as sacred music, Christmas music, film classics, Broadway hits and more. Guest artists will be organist Paul Holliday, performing an epic arrangement of Camille Saint-Saëns famous “Organ Symphony,” and soprano Abigail Dueppen, who will sing the “Vengeance” aria from W.A. Mozart's “The Magic Flute.”

Composed of students from the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music, the Brass Choir, directed by assistant professor of trombone Tim Dueppen, includes members of the tuba, euphonium, trombone, French horn and trumpet studios. The ensemble also includes a full percussion section. The choir performs a modern repertoire as well as traditional brass works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods.

“We are honored to be the first group to perform in the Cathedral’s “Soul of the City” concert series at this beautiful and historic church,” said Dueppen. “We hope that the community will enjoy the concert and will continue to support all of the music and art that makes Southeast Texas such a wonderful place to live.”

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica is located in Beaumont at 700 Jefferson St. Admission to the concert is free. For more information, please call the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at (409) 880-8144.