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MARIUSZ SMOLIJ is considered one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. Frequent recording artist for NAXOS International, he has consistently gained international critical acclaim including praise by the New York Times for “compelling performances.” Maestro Smolij has led over 100 orchestras in 27 countries on five continents, appearing in some of the most prestigious concert halls of the world. In North America, he collaborated with Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of the Chicago Lyric Opera, St. Louis Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Hartford Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia, among others. Internationally, he enjoys a notable reputation appearing with important symphonic ensembles of Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Holland, Israel, South Africa, Columbia, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, as well as his native country of Poland. Maestro Smolij has held the position of permanent conductor with acclaimed orchestras and musical institutions in the United States and Europe. At the invitation of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, he served as the Resident Conductor of the Houston Symphony and was Staff Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In Europe, he was Music Director of one of the oldest European orchestras, The Wroclaw (Breslau) Philharmonic as well as the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans in Poland. The conductor has appeared at major international music festivals: Janacek May in the Czech Republic; Rheingau Music Festival in Germany; La Folle Journée in France, Lutoslawski and Wratislavia Cantans Festivals in Poland as well as prominent cultural centers such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, National Cultural Center of China in Beijing, ABC Hall in Johannesburg, Bunka Hall in Japan, National Halls of Bulgaria, Serbia and Cyprus, among many others. Maestro Smolij has introduced American audiences to many unknown works by Eastern European composers, and he regularly performs American orchestral music in Europe. His interests in championing a wide spectrum of repertoire is exemplified by a long list of recordings he has made for prominent labels including Universal, Hungaroton and Naxos. The Naxos series, featuring Eastern European masters, has been repeatedly met with high accolades from international critics and will enjoy its newest release this season. Maestro Smolij’s reputation as a conducting pedagogue reaches both sides of the Atlantic. He served on the faculty of Northwestern University School of Music, has taught at the International Workshops for Conductors in the Czech Republic, teaches at professional conducting seminars in the USA and Poland and was invited to present conducting master classes at the Zürich Conservatory in Switzerland. Born near Katowice, Poland, Maestro Smolij is an accomplished violinist and was the founder and violinist of the internationally recognized Penderecki String Quartet, performing and recording with this ensemble in Poland, Germany, France, Italy and the United States. After studies in Europe he studied conducting in the United States, earning a doctorate degree from the Eastman School of Music.

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ACADIANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Mariusz Smolij, Music Director presents

“Venice 1712: Jewels of the Italian Baroque” Sunday, October 21, 2012 3:00 pm Monday, October 22, 2012 7:00 pm St. John’s Cathedral Lafayette, LA Concerto for Two Violins, strings, and basso continuo in A minor RV522 Op. 3 No.8 “L’estro Armonico” Allegro Larghetto e spiritoso Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Lauren Baker & Emil Ivanov, violins Canzon septimi toni No. 1 and No. 2

Giovanni Gabrieli (1551-1612) ASO Brass Ensemble

Gloria I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. XII.

Antonio Vivaldi Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax hominibus Laudamus te Gratias agimus tibi Propter magnam gloriam Domine Deus Domine Fili Unigenite Domine Deus, Agnus Dei Qui tollis peccata mundi Qui sedes ad dexteram Quoniam tu solus Sanctus Cum Sancto Spiritu ASO Chorus, Lee Cook, Chorus Director ULChorale, William Plummer, Chorus Director



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In the spotlight

Acadiana Symphony Women’s League Leadership Legacies

David Bennett ASWL member since 1989. Bennett is a fourth time President of the ASWL with a love of the music. She is especially proud of the League’s accomplishments in establishing the children’s educational concerts, scholarship program and event hospitality. Her hope is to generate new members and inspire ASWL leadership that will continue the vital volunteer services for the ASO into the future.

Sally Burdette ASWL member since 1990. Known for her active involvement in the Viennese Balls of the 90’s and the annual Madhatter Luncheons, Burdette takes pride in the tremendous support the ASWL has created for the symphony. As a past-President and current Vice-president of the League, she sees ASWL among the strongest “working” women’s boards in Lafayette, with compatibility of members central to the successes.


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Ann Knight ASWL member since 1987. A generous donor and event volunteer, Knight has been actively involved in the ASO children’s concerts. To help raise funds for ASO, she has graciously opened her home for luncheons, teas and 15 symphony suppers, complete with themed costumes! Although her legacy is dedication to the mission of supporting classical music provided by the symphony, her greatest personal joy is the lifelong friendships gained from ASO involvement.

Jeanie Rush ASWL member since 1989. Rush is a past-President of both the ASWL and the ASO Board. Rush acknowledges the volunteers, patrons, donors and sponsors that have made the ASO growth and stability possible. Paying off the ASO building in 2000 is among the proudest achievements in which she has participated. She cites the symphony as one of the key features in Lafayette and an asset for recruiting corporate business that values cultural options that enhance the quality of life in the region.

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Concerto for Two Violins in A Mino Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Like his great Baroque contemporaries, Bach and Handel, Vivaldi’s output was extensive: forty operas, at least one hundred choral works, twenty-five cantatas, more than seventy sonatas, hundreds of concertos (most of which were written for violin, either solo or as many as four) and numerous miscellaneous pieces. As an accomplished violinist, Vivaldi was able to fully utilize and expand the technical and expressive potential of the instrument. This is clearly evident in the Concerto for Two Violins in A minor where the range and technical detail are far beyond the earlier concertos of Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) and Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1719). In Vivaldi’s concerto, there is no hierarchy of position, no dominant or subordinate status with the soloists equally sharing musical content.

Canzon septimi toni No. 1 and No. 2 Giovanni Gabrieli (1551-1612)

Giovanni Gabrieli was the nephew and pupil of Andrea Gabrieli (1533-1585), composer and organist at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy. Andrea composed both sacred and secular music, which Giovanni edited for publication after Andrea’s death. Following his uncle’s example, Giovanni composed prolifically, producing a vast quantity of music both sacred and secular. This includes work for instruments, treating them as separate entities rather than subordinate extensions of vocal music.

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The canzon developed by both Gabrielis was originally a composition for organ that soon evolved into a chamber piece for several instruments. Late in life, Giovanni produced a set of canzoni that was published post-humously in 1615. The assignment of parts was not clearly indicated, although there were suggestions that instruments could be applied. Aside from being among the earliest examples of music written specifically for instruments, Gabrieli’s canzoni are enduring works of musical art and welcome additions to brass ensemble literature.

Gloria Antonio Vivaldi

Although ordained for the priesthood in 1703, Vivaldi’s relationship with the Church was continuously problematic. Complaining of chronic poor health, he refused to conduct Mass. Even more incriminating in the Church’s view was his practice of traveling throughout Europe, promoting his compositions, with soprano, Anna Girard. In spite of his shaky relationship with the Church, Vivaldi composed religious music including Magnificat, the oratorio Judiha triumphans, countless hymns, psalms, motets, and one of his most popular sacred works, Gloria. The work reveals Vivaldi’s mastery of instrumentation and polyphonic technique. It is divided into twelve numbers, one for each phrase of the Gloria. Vivaldi’s Gloria strongly influenced Bach in his B Minor Mass, particularly in giving each textual phrase its own musical setting.

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Acadiana Symphony Women’s League


Celebrating 25 Years of Service to ASO Time flies when you’re having fun, especially when it involves the Acadiana Symphony Women’s League (ASWL). Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the ASWL’s mission remains clear: raising funds to support the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra performances, music education scholarships and children’s concerts. “The legacy of the ASWL is its tremendous support for the symphony,” says 22-year member, Sally Burdette. “We have one of the strongest ‘working’ women’s boards in Lafayette. Our members are compatible, and accomplishing the ASWL’s mission is most important, not who gets the credit.”

“The legacy of the ASWL is its tremendous support for the symphony” Over a “Charter” coffee talk at the Lafayette City Club in 1987, the idea of creating an ASO women’s League was officially introduced. Thanks to a gentle reminder to bring their checkbooks, installation of inaugural Lifetime Members happened quickly to further direct the new ASWL toward creation of a scholarship endowment fund administered by the ULL Foundation. “The League has about 120 Lifetime Members,” David explains. Their one-time $500 dues payments are dedicated to the scholarship endowment. Since the program’s inception, the League has awarded multiple $1,000 scholarships annually to ULL students who are string instrument majors.


Acadiana Symphony Women’s League

In various ways, ASWL members generate funds dedicated to the cause of offering live classical music in Acadiana. Popular Symphony Suppers that occur in the odd-numbered years, superb raffles, teas and luncheons are among some of the special fundraising events hosted by ASWL members. For some members, like Ann Knight and David Bennett, serving as hands-on ushers for the annual children’s concerts is among some of their most rewarding ASWL roles. “One memorable surprise arranged by Ann was bringing the Ice Gators mascot to a children’s concert,” laughs David Bennett, 2012-13 League President. For many of the young attendees, touching the Gator mascot, entering the Heymann Performing Arts Center and attending a symphony orchestra performance of classical music was a trio of first experiences. Witnessing the impact of such encounters on the children has been a joy for ASWL members. In both service time and financial contributions, there have been many pillars of the League. Visionary League founders like Jean Hurley, Maggie Danna, Betty Barras, Ruth Saloom and Virginia Sheehee paved the way for subsequent other long-time members like Jeanie Rush and Anne Knight. Memorial recognition is also provided for deceased former members, like Barbara Clardy, who was vital to ASWL’s formation. Bennett is now in her 4th round as President, and points to the children’s educational concerts as her greatest League pride. Initially offered to just two grades of local school children, the performances are now open to all elementary-aged students. It’s a team effort stemming from community support for League fundraising combined with concert coordination by ASO staff and musicians. With experience comes wisdom. For Bennett, serving as a strategic support system for the ASO is essential to the ASWL’s legacy and future. Generating and inspiring new members is also on her mind this time around. As that new generation of leadership evolves in the 21st century, les cadeaus des femmes remain the Leagues greatest legacy, revealed through an honorable spirit of giving. Viva la League! Story by Jeanne Solis

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Mariusz Smolij, Music Director and Conductor VIOLIN 1 Lauren Baker, Concertmaster, Gerald and Geraldine Hubbell Chair Katarina Vaughn Michael Blaney Aja Majkrzak Julia Lang VIOLIN 2 Emil Ivanov, Acting Principal Laurentiu Norocel Peiwei Xu Sam Chu VIOLA Jennifer Cassin, Principal Christopher Lowry, Assistant Principal Cassandra Magee CELLO Mark Pritchard, Principal Susan Morton BASS Charles Federle, Acting Principal

OBOE Perry Trosclair, Principal HORN Catherine Roche-Wallace, Acting Principal Fred Christiansen Arisia Gilmore TRUMPET Halie Brown, Principal Paul Morton Andrew Gerbitz TROMBONE Brian Logan, Principal Nicholas Garrison HARPSICHORD Paul Baker

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Acadiana Symphony Chrous


SOPRANO Cynthia Benoit Azizi Chaisson Kay Hampton Maddie Hartman Carole Mathemeier Pat Olson Pat Palmer Edna Perkins Renee Reed Mallorie Soulier Sarah K. Sullivan Sylvia Turner May Waggoner Cori Webre Phyllis Weir

SOPRANO Jordan Auzenne Abby Boudreaux Laura Couvillon Tessa Espinosa Stephanie Fontenot Kaelyn Guillory Beverly Harlton Arianna Herzock Virginia Hesse Natalie Loomis Kyla Louviere Madeline Magnon Alyssa McMurray Trashema Smith Meghin Taylor Kaitlyn Wheat

Dr. Lee Cooke, Director Geraldine Hubbell, Accompanist

ALTO Sonya Branch Kim Carter Velma Clement Mary Margaret Comeaux Susan Daniels Christa Del Favero Beth Finch Lindsay Finley Rachel Garber Conny Hibbeler Rebecca Hightower Barbara Livingston Judy Lormand TENORS Don Blair Ryan Goudelocke Scott Hebert John Kolwe Ed Roy BASS Joseph Handy Gerald Hubbell Tom McNamara

William Plummer, Director

ALTO Jennifer Andrews Alexandra Bibaeff Ja’Lana Despanie Gabrielle Hildestad Sarah Jones Helen Kerns Juliet Kring Lindsay Leblanc Annie Mahoney Kimberly Mayfield Jalissa Miles Shelby Runyan Diamond Williams

TENOR Jay Broussard Stephen Brunet Holden Greene Trey Hodson Rob Jackson Vojislav Petrovic Donnie Roy Colin Smith BASS Dylan Fuller Austin Hansen Dylan Hebert Michener Kruse Matt Mcelveen Josh Myers Miguel Ochoa Ethan Pelsia Landon Stears Thomas Sumrall Ian Welch

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Chorus Soloists Acadiana Symphony Chorus Soloists

Cori Webre

Cori Webre has had a passion for music all of her life, shared equally between singing and playing the piano. While growing up, school choruses, church youth choirs and piano lessons were the constants in her life. She presently sings in the Asbury Choir and is the pianist for Asbury’s Alpha Omega youth choir. Most recently, she has performed the soprano solos in both G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” and Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem.” Cori graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University in 2004 and is presently an account executive at Graham Group Advertising Agency. She is married to Brooks Webre and they belong to a Yorkie named Lulu. In addition to music, she enjoys reading, traveling and chronicling every detail in her Franklin Planner. These concerts mark her solo debut with the Acadiana Symphony.

Lindsay Fite Finley

Lindsay Fite Finley, a Lafayette native, has sung in choirs since the age of four. Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting. She studied in New York City for two years before returning to Lafayette in 2006. Lindsay sings in the Asbury Choir, Chorale Acadienne and a local jazz band, the Lafayette Jazz Authority. In speaking of her love of music, she says, “for me, singing is the highest, most fulfilling form of worship!” Lindsay is recently married to Dr. James Michael “Mickey” Finley, her most devoted fan and greatest encourager, along with her adoring, supportive family. Lindsay is thrilled to make her solo debut with the Acadiana Symphony.

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Rural Acadiana bayous are simple compared to the complex maze of waterways in Venice, masterfully navigated by residents, certified Gondoliers and boat taxi drivers. Especially in the cool Fall and Spring months when locals are more plentiful than tourists, a visit to Venice is a bucket list-must-do life experience. Walking the narrow alleyways connected by hundreds of foot-bridges is a great way to feel the unique, historic spirit of the city. Off the beaten path, visitors can attend a traditional Venetian mask-making class, enjoy a roving opera performance, or tour the Murano island glass factory. A more traditional visitor event is feeding the pigeons in St. Mark’s square before a walk through the art-filled church. For a peaceful end of day event, sip some local wine while watching the sun set over the city. It’s a rare sight to behold. It’s extra fun amid a serenaded Gondola party with a driver shouting “Ooooyyyy” at every turn. Disembark into a tiny trattoria for a truffle-inspired pasta and seafood dinner to reflect on the sites and doodle-art the day’s scenes. But promise to visit soon. Rumor has it that this eclectic city is gradually sinking into the Grand Canal! Ciao, bella Venezia.

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Here’s to another year of beautiful music.


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Mad Hatters

Creativity for the sake of generosity marks the spirit of the ASO Women’s League. With Acadiana children in mind, that spirit has produced a 20-year Acadiana legacy with the annual Mad Hatter’s luncheon. According to David Bennett, 2012-13 President, the amusing local event was originally modeled after the New Orleans Opera Guild’s annual luncheon, which was attended by some founding ASO Women’s League members in the early 1990s. It started here with a few League members and their guests gathered over lunch to bid on some silent auction items.

Lafayette’s homegrown version gives attendees the feeling of being in the heart of New York City’s stylishness right here in the Oil Center. The event now hosts more than 200 attendees of all ages gathering annually to also enjoy a full-scale fashion show. With the growing popularity, a professional fashion show team has been engaged to produce the runway segment. But fashionable headwear remains the key theme. While some go all out each year to find the perfect new fashion, donning previously-worn Madhatter chapeaus are deemed perfectly acceptable! Attending to support the cause is what matters most, since proceeds support the ASO operations including the children’s concerts. Story by Jeanne Solis

The next Mad Hatter’s luncheon is scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Lafayette Hilton.Mark your calendars, pull out your hat boxes and get your tickets early. It’s sure to be another fantastic League event!

Take a chair


The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra would like to thank those who have participated in this year’s “Take a Chair” fundraiser. Those who are participating are supporting the musicians of the orchestra while remembering someone special. We would like to invite you to participate as well. Here is an opportunity to help support your favorite instrument for the season. Your chair may be named for you - or for anyone else you choose. For a donation of $500, this is a unique way to give the gift of music to your Acadiana community. For more information, contact our Women’s League through the Acadiana Symphony website at


Violin in honor of Aline K. Byrd by Pat Olson Ferguson Violin in honor of Lauren Baker by Dr. Carolyn French and Mike Huber Violin in memory of Dr. Gilbert and Alma Stuller by Virginia Stuller Viola in memory of Elaine Malin Griffin by Jenny Cole Viola in memory of James and Margie Hanna by Ben and Ann Blanchet Viola in memory of Bob Burdette by Kathy Cox Cello in memory of Linda Robison Harris by Dr. Joan Robison Palmintier and Dr. Jon S. Palmintier Harp in memory of Eddy Knight and Scott Myers by Ann Knight and Annette Myers


Flute in memory of Bella Chappuis Abramson by John and Colleen Chappuis Clarinet in honor of Arthur Riedel by Dr. James Burke Clarinet in memory of B.H. and Lorelie DeHart by Brad and Gail DeHart Bassoon in memory of Michael Landgrave by David and Connie Landgrave


Trumpet in memory of Pete de Gravelles by Jane de Gravelles French Horn in honor of Bella Elisabeth, Anne Marie and Audrey Elise Cortez by Ralph and Cherie Kraft


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