Jun 18, 2014 5:26 PM

Acadian Wind Symphony presents 'Louisiana Connections'

Celebrating its twentieth summer season, the Acadian Wind Symphony will present "LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS" on Sunday, June 29th at 3:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the auditorium at Lafayette High School on Congress Street and is free to the public.

The Acadian Wind Symphony was founded during the summer of 1994 with a special invitation by founding conductor, Gerald Guilbeaux to professional and amateur wind and percussion players from across South Louisiana. The Ensemble is a collection of some of Acadiana's top instrumentalists dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary masterworks for band. It provides an opportunity for serious wind players and percussionists to share in the highest level of musical expression and artistry.

"LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS" will feature music written by local composers or music written about our great state along with homegrown trumpet soloist Graham Breedlove who will perform his own composition "French Quarter Fantasy." Since taking up the trumpet at age twelve in his hometown of Lafayette, Graham Breedlove has performed on four continents in more than twenty countries, with headliners representing more than one hundred Grammy nominations. Among these are: The Saturday Night Live Band, Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis, Ramsey Lewis, Darius Rucker and Doc Severinsen. As a leader, Breedlove is a Summit Records recording artist.

University of Louisiana's Composer in Residence, Dr. Quincy Hilliard's epic composition "Ghost Dance" is also slated on the program. This work has been inspired by the powerfully moving events of the massacre of nearly four hundred men, women and children of the Lakota Sioux Nation at Wounded Knee in 1890. Dr. Hilliard holds the Heymann Endowed Professorship and is associate professor of music theory and composition at UL.

A student of Dr. Hilliard's at UL, Andrew Morgan Smith has made a name for himself writing music for movies out of his studio here in Lafayette. Smith has composed a beautifully poignant piece titled "A Life Well Played" and dedicated to all who have made abiding friendships through music.

A hallmark of the Wind Symphony programming over the years is a concert featuring a wide variety of musical styles and this concert is no exception. From classic symphonic music to Zydeco and Dixieland to the grand finale of the state song there should be something for everyone to like.

For more information about the Acadian Winds or this free concert call - 989-1279.



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