Sunday, February 5, 2023

A Sunday Serenade

Rapides Symphony Orchestra
First United Methodist Church
Alexandria, Louisiana
February 5, 2023, at 2:30 pm 


Lyric for Strings ... George Walker

Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, Op. 9, No. 2 ... Tomaso Albinoni
Allegro e non Presto

Leah Forsyth, oboe

Serenade for Strings, Op. 22 ... Antonin Dvorak
Tempo di Valse
Finale: Allegro Vivace

Wednesday, February 1, 2023


Rapides Symphony Orchestra
January 31, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Richard Gwartney Theater at LSU-Alexandria
Alexandria, Louisiana


The Great Train Race ... Ian Clarke
    Alexandria Parra, flute

Andante Espressivo ... Charles Wuorinen
    Paul Christopher, cello
    Chialing Hsieh, piano

Moody Garden ... Rob Smith
    Rebecca Allen, dancer
    All musicians listed.

Cancao Simples de Tambor ... Carlos Stasi
    Oliver Molina, percussion

4'33" ... John Cage
    All musicians listed.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Texarkana Symphony Orchestra

December 12, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Perot Theatre
Texarkana, Arkansas


Monroe Symphony Orchestra

Amanda Roberts, Hammered Dulcimer National Champion
with MSO Strings and Percussion
January 26, 2023, at 7:00 pm
Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall
University of Louisiana at Monroe


Planxty Fanny Po'er ... Turlough O'Carolan
Planxty Irwin ... Turlough O'Carolan
Trip It Upstairs ... traditional Irish
Shadon Bells ... traditional Irish
Fair Jenny ... Peter Barnes
Carolan's Draught ... Turlough O'Carolan
Sangshyttevalsen ... Eva Saether & Mats Eden
Wilson's Wilde ... Anonymous, 16th century
Morgan Magan ... Turlough O'Carolan
Planxty George Brabazon ... Turlough O'Carolan
The Ash Grove ... traditional Welsh

Summer Storm ... Amanda Roberts
What Wondrous Love is This ... traditional American
Be Thou My Vision (SLANE) ... traditional Irish
Cooley's Reel ... traditional Irish
Ryan's Rant ... traditional Irish
Southwind ... traditional Irish
As the Snow Gently Covers the Green ... Amanda Roberts
Sail Away ... traditional American/arr. Malcomlm Dalglish, trans. Amanda Roberts
Dancing in the Clouds ... Amanda Roberts

L to R: Samantha Parker, violin
Amanda Roberts, hammered dulcimer
Paul Christopher, cello
Larry Anderson, percussion


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Faculty Recital

Paul Christopher, cello
Chialing Hsieh, piano
January 23, 2023, at 5:30 pm
Magale Recital Hall
Natchitoches, Louisiana

A Program of Cello Music by Charles Wuorinen (1938-2020)

Cello Variations I (1970)

Cello Variations II (1975)

Cello Variations III (1997)

Andante Espressivo (2001)
Chialing Hsieh, piano

Wuorinen was a prolific American composer and recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship as well as the Pulitzer Prize, being the youngest composer to receive the latter award.  Wuorinen served as Professor of Music at Rutgers University. Additionally, he was a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Monday, January 16, 2023

Adjudicator for 2023 Monroe Symphony League

Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition
Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 7:00 pm

PROGRAM of the Finalists Concert

Suite de Trois Morceaux, Op. 116 ... Benjamin Godard
III. Valse
Darick Harris, flute
Richard Seiler, piano

Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 ... Tchaikovsky
I. Allegro moderato
Samuel Garcia, violin (Grand Prize Winner)
Richard Seiler, piano

"Prendi, per me sei libero" from L'elisir d'amore ... Donizetti
"Comme autrefois" from Les Pecheurs de perles ...Bizet
Sierra Shoemaker, soprano
Richard Seiler, piano

Double Bass Concerto, Op. 3 ... Koussevitzky
I. Allegro
Matheus Henrique Ferreira de Souza, double bass
Nick Joslin, piano

Concerto for Euphonium ... Vladimir Cosma
Clayton Moses, euphonium
Richard Seiler, piano

Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 ... Beethoven
III. Rondo
Yinghan Zhang, piano
Ellen Elder, piano

Judge for the String Division:
Paul Christopher, Associate Professor-Cello
Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Holiday Concert in Monroe

Monroe Symphony Orchestra
North Monroe Baptist Church
December 10, 2022, at 7:00 pm
Kristen and Blake Oden, vocal soloists


Hark the Herald Angels Sing ... F. Mendelssohn

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring ... J.S. Bach

Candles and Dreidels ... arr. Kermit Poling

Toy Symphony ... F. Haydn

The Skater's Waltz ... E. Waldteufel

Sleigh Ride ... Leroy Anderson

Christmas ... Spector & Barry

O Holy Night ... A. Adam

Jesu Bambino ... P. Yon

A Cradle in Bethlehem ... Byran & Stock

The Prayer ... Sayre & Foster

Holiday Greetings ... arr. Swearingen

Let There Be Peace on Earth ... S. Miller

A Holiday Feast in Alexandria

Rapides Symphony Orchestra
Alexandria, Louisiana
Sunday, December 4, 2022
2:30 - 4:30 pm


Polonaise from Christmas Eve ... N. Rimsky-Korsakov

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 ... P. Tchaikosky
    Allegro moderato
        Samuel Garcia, violinist

Champagne Gallop ... H.C. Lumbye
Rhosymedre ... R. Vaughn Williams

Fantasia on "We Three Kings" ... arr. Balmages

The Festive Sounds of Hanukkah ... arr. Holcombe

Here Comes Santa Clause ... Autry & Haldeman, arr. Murtha

Holiday Pops Sing Along ... arr. Cerulli

Radetzky March ... J. Strauss

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Latin Night with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

November 19, 2022, at 7:30 pm
RiverView Theater
Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, pianist/composer


Oblivion ... Astor Piazzolla, arr. Longfield

Emporium ... Aldo Lopez-Gavilan
    Allegretto spiritoso

Cloud Scraper: Symphony Americana ... James Eakin III (premiere)
    Rustic Majesty
    Storm & Stampede
    Moonlight Waltz
    Cloud Scraper Ranch

Bolero ... Maurice Ravel

Recruiting in Tyler, Texas

Tyler Legacy High School
Lisa Lininger, Orchestra Director 
November, 10, 2022, at 9:20 am
Tyler, Texas