LSU School of Music Interim Head Willis Delony to Perform with Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Nov. 17

11/16/2011 02:08 PM

BATON ROUGE – Willis Delony, Aloysia Barineau Professor of Keyboard Studies and Professor of Jazz Studies in the LSU School of Music and current interim head of the school, will perform with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, or BRSO, for the group’s third concert of the 2011-12 season on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m.


Delony was announced as a guest artist change for the event, filling in for Russian pianist Eduard Kunz, who is unable to attend.


Delony will be featured playing the same work Kunz was scheduled to play, “Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2.”


“Willis is an extraordinary musician and I am looking forward to making music with him again,” said BRSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt. “I know our audience will love what he will bring to this piece.”


Delony has won national and international acclaim as a jazz and classical pianist, conductor, chamber player, commercial composer and arranger. He is also an ex-officio member of the BRSO Board of Directors.


During recent concert seasons, Delony has appeared as a piano soloist or conductor with numerous American orchestras. He has appeared recently as guest soloist with the Columbus, Ga. Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, Louisiana Sinfonietta and, in a 2002 Asian tour, the Shanghai Symphony.


Tickets for the concert range from $25 to $55, depending on seating selections. Tickets can be obtained immediately from the Baton Rouge Symphony Box Office at 225-383-0500, ext. 100, or online at Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Baton Rouge Symphony Executive Offices, located at 7330 Highland Road. On concert night, tickets will be on sale at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing.


For more information, contact Carrie L. Knight, director of marketing and public relations and box office manager for BRSO, at 225-383-0500, ext. 109, or visit

Aaron  Looney 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011