LSU School of Music to Host Concert Spectacular February 1, Feature Rodrigue Steinway Piano
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Concert Spectacular 2013 takes its most colorful and tuneful turn yet as the “Blue Dog” graces the stage along with multiple student and faculty performance ensembles presented by the LSU School of Music.
This unique concert, scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., will bring to the LSU Student Union Theater stage performances by nearly every ensemble the school offers, in genres from classical to jazz, choirs to operatic tenors, and musical theatre’s dancing and singing troupe.
Concert Spectacular is a full-theater experience that extends into every corner of the Union Theater space, so performers pop up from the orchestra pit and cellists and vocalists are set aloft in the wings, bands strike up in the balcony and string ensembles emerge again at center stage.
The list of performances on tap include LSU Aloysia Barineau Professor of Keyboard Studies and Professor of Jazz Studies Willis Delony’s performance of an original arrangement of the classic “Tiger Rag” on the Rodrigue Steinway, a grand piano painted in the unique and original artistry of Louisiana artist George Rodrigue with his iconic Blue Dog.
The piano, done in Rodrigue’s brilliantly colorful style, was created to support the School of Music’s scholarship fundraising efforts and to help replace the aging fleet of pianos at LSU. The Rodrigue Steinway will tour the country for two years and eventually will be sold at auction to benefit the School of Music and the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts that aims to improve education in Louisiana through arts integration.
The Steinway piano, donated by Hall Piano Co. of Metairie, was built at the Steinway & Sons factory in New York in November 1913 and sold to a dealer in California the following year.
In 2001, the Hall Piano Co. obtained the piano, which was by then in non-working order. The Metairie-based authorized Steinway dealer donated the instrument to the LSU School of Music and the Rodrigue Foundation. The near-century-old grand piano has been restored to perfect working order and includes a special digital performance reproduction with a hidden mechanism.
This year’s concert, presented in a no pause-no applause format, will feature music by the LSU Symphony Orchestra, the internationally acclaimed A Cappella Choir, Schola Cantorum, the LSU Jazz Ensemble, Hamiruge, the LSU Percussion Ensemble, and the experimental music group the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana.
Concert Spectacular tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets are $30, LSU faculty, staff and seniors age 65 and older are $25 and students $15.
This year, LSU music fans can extend their enjoyment of Concert Spectacular at a private gala held prior to the concert from 5-7 p.m. in the Atchafalaya Ballroom on the second floor of the LSU Student Union building. Tickets for the gala are $125 and include parking, special seating at the concert, seated dinner and the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of unique gifts and personal experiences.
Proceeds from the concert, dinner and auction go to support the School of Music scholarship fund drive and continuing efforts to offset losses of student support due to budget cuts.
For tickets, call the LSU Student Union Theater Box Office at 225-578-5128, or visit www.cmda.lsu.edu.
Sponsorship opportunities for Concert Spectacular are still available. Those interested can contact Mary Bayle, associate director of development for the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts, at 225-578-8594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.