Saturday, November 29, 2008

What to do with the SSO in the lurch: Elizabeth O'Bannon creates chamber music series at First United Methodist Bossier; opening concert Sun, Dec 21, 3 pm

First United Methodist Church Bossier announces a new chamber music series “Bossier Jam ‘n Bread,” sponsored by FUMC and funded through grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Bossier Arts Council.

Ms. Elizabeth O’Bannon, professional musician and teacher for Bossier schools, wrote the grant for FUMC and is artistic director for the series. She has been concertmaster for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

The three pairs of concerts will feature area professional artists in educational “preview” concerts aimed at young and new audience members, and Sunday chamber concerts at FUMC Bossier. The programs will feature traditional chamber works as well as music by local composers and “fun-fare.”

The opening concert “The Spirit of Christmas Brassed,” with the I-49 Brass Quintet, will be on December 21 at 3 p.m. The FUMC Bossier is at 204 John Wesley Blvd.

Members of the quintet are Rick Rowell and Michael Scarlato, trumpets; Thomas Hundemer, french horn; Michael Davidson, trombone; and J. Mark Thompson, bass trombone. Rowell and Hundemer will also perform an educational preview for Bossier band students on December 12.

Future Sunday concert dates are February 8, 2009, at 3 pm (Red River Winds) and May 16th, (Strings Attached). All concerts are free to the public.

Supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts,
Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.
Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency.

Photo by O-Bannon's daughter, Megan Poling.

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