Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jazz, chamber music and Beethoven from Opus on Sat, Sept 26, 7 pm, First Baptist

The musicians of OPUS (Orchestra Players United of Shreveport-Bossier) will be performing a concert on Saturday, September 26th at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Shreveport, 543 Ockley Dr. Corner of Ockley at Highland.

The excellent acoustics in this space make for an amazing listening experience. A symphony orchestra, ensembles - jazz, blues, classics - all in one concert. Something for every music lover, says Susan Rogers.

The I-49 Brass Quintet
Rick Rowell, Trumpet
Michael Scarlato, Trumpet
Thomas Hundemer, Horn
Michael Davidson, Trombone
J. Mark Thompson, Bass Trombone

* Canzona Bergamasca
Samuel Scheidt
* Quintet
Victor Ewald
* The Saints’ Hallelujah
arr. Luther Henderson

* A Jazz Journey
Sally Horak, Flute
Gay Grosz, Piano
Christopher Allen, Bass
Chandler Teague, Drums

* Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
Claude Bolling


* Symphony #5 in c minor
Ludvig von Beethoven
Kermit Poling, conductor

$25 for adults and $5 for students, and will be sold at the door.


musiciansforever said...

Thanks, for the promo, Robert. We had a great time with the concert tonight, and we're looking forward to the next one. To all of you who turned out to support us tonight and enjoy an evening of diversity in music with your friends, neighbors and colleagues, we invite you to stay tuned. For concert photos and updates on what we musicians are doing here in your area, visit Robert Trudeau's blogsite right here and mine @ See you next time.

Stephan said...

Shreveport Symphony Stand-off

I don't want to step into a hornet's nest, but I have heard about the SSO's financial plight over the last year. I lived in Shreveport for 10 years, and during that time I had the great pleasure to attend many performances put on by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.
I am currently living in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, with a population 1.7x that of Shreveport-Bossier, and we enjoy the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO). In 2008 the WSO maintained 67 core players and had a main subscription series of 12 concerts, a 6-concert series in Brandon, a 21-concert pops series, and Musically Speaking and Sundays with the Family series of five concerts each. The overall budget of the WSO is upwards of $6.1 million annually. By population, this would be equivalent to $3.5 million for the metropolis of Shreveport-Bossier or $3.3 million USD.

Your SSO needs a new marketing plan that will draw enough subscribers and corporate donors in order to meet the portion of the budget that would support paying 25 core musicians. A full-time salary for each musician with benefits should be $26,000 plus $5,000 benefits (20%)= $31,000 ea. x 25 = $775,000 for the total core budget. The current rate of pay per core musician in 2007-'08 was only $17,880.25. If you divide the core budget above by the population of Shreveport-Bossier City that comes to only $2.06 per citizen... just a paltry sum! Come on Shreveport-Bossier, you can do better than to let your only professional orchestra slide into oblivion.

Support your musicians, people of Shreveport-Bossier!

Winnipeg, MB, Canada