Photo by Danielle Ducrest
The symphony concert promises foot-stomping presentations of movie and Broadway themes, “big band” songs dominated by the symphony’s brass section, light classics from Vienna and more musical offerings.
“Most of the time, when a composer writes music, he or she does it having a certain player, ensemble and/or acoustical venue in mind. That often determines the type of the composition, its instrumentation, style, etc. Rarely, composers write music that is primarily designed to be performed by orchestras outside,” says the ASO’s music director, Mariusz Smolij. “The Music Director must then determine which of the selections written for other and different spaces are doable in acoustically challenging circumstances of open venues.”
Spencer Racca will return to the stage to perform classic tunes with the symphony. The St. Edwards School Choir and recurring guest vocalist Francis LeBlanc will also lend their talents during the concert.
LeBlanc performed once before with the symphony in 2014 at “Sounds of the Season,” the ASO’s Christmas concert in New Iberia. His unique, baritone voice was wellreceived by the audience. “He does some spirituals that are just phenomenal,” says Indest. Smolij says this about collaborating with multiple guest artists: “With just one rehearsal prior to the concert, a lot of coordination and preparation is required, and one has to rehearse very efficiently.” He adds, “It is both challenge and fun.” Join the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in celebrating this special 10-year concert anniversary on April 3, 3 p.m., at New Iberia City Park. In case of rain, “Symphony Sunday in the Park” will relocate to the Sugar Cane Festival Building. Please visit iberiacultural.com for more information. 14 March 2016
Acadiana's Publication of the Arts