Monday, September 22, 2008

OPUS - Orchestra Players United of Shreveport-Bossier - to present symphonic benefit concert at First Baptist on Sat, Oct 11, 7:30 pm

Orchestra Players United of Shreveport and the Symphony Orchestra of Shreveport-Bossier Audience Association will present a concert to benefit musicians and hurricane relief in Northwest Louisiana, says Susan Rogers.

The concert will take place on Sat, Oct 11, in the First Baptist Church of Shreveport - at 7:30 pm.

Featured along with a full symphony orchestra will be trumpet soloist Rick Rowell in a program including Verdi’s Nabucco Overture, the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. The program will be conducted by Kermit Poling.

Speaking on behalf of OPUS, Peter Haas noted that the musicians wanted to do something to help not only their colleagues but others affected by the recent hurricanes. “We felt that the best way to help was to create an event that would raise money through ticket sales and contributions and allow us to show our gratitude by offering the audience music that they will recognize and enjoy. “

Commenting on the program, Poling added, ”This concert features three terrific musical works. The New World Symphony is one of the most familiar masterpieces in the repertoire, and having the opportunity to showcase one of our own, Rick Rowell, in such a dynamic piece as the Arutiunian is an extra treat. Plus the acoustics of First Baptist Church are fantastic for a symphonic concert.”

1 comment:

Kermit said...

Robert - thank you for your help in getting the word out about the concert. If you'll allow me, I'd like to mention the ticket outlets: The American Red Cross on Linwood, First Baptist Church Shreveport, the Band House, Southfield Music, OPUS members and also you can use your credit card online at
Thanks again,