Louisiana Sinfonietta 2015-2016 Season

Sundays at 2 pm – LSU School of Music Recital Hall
Thirty-Third season

  1. October 11, 2015 – Music for Winds

W. A. Mozart: Divertimento No. 13, K 253

Michael Paul Mitchell: O.M.M. for Solo Horn
Arisia Gilmore, horn

Igor Stravinsky: Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo
John Coppa, clarinet

Claude Debussy: Syrinx for Solo Flute
Suzanne Buerkle, flute

Darius Milhaud: 5th Symphony for Wind Instruments

Michail Travlos: 7 short pieces for Wind Quartet
Sinfonietta Wind Quartet

Harold Mims: Schism
Sinfonietta Wind Quintet

Dinos Constantinides: Evangeline for Voice and Woodwind Quintet, LRC 48b
Chelsey C. Greeting, mezzo soprano; Sinfonietta Wind Quintet

Charles Gounod: Petit Symphony for Wind Instruments

  1. November 3, 2015 – LSU Composers Forum in Opera. Tuesday at 7:30 PM. [Notice different day and time]

Kate Waring: Are Women People? One Act Opera
Sandra Moon, Director

  1. January 17, 2016 – Music for the Young at Heart

Victor Klimash, guest conductor

Georg P. Telemann: Concerto in G Major for Viola
Laurie Rominger, viola

Aaron Copland: Rodeo – Hoe down for strings

Dinos Constantinides: Mountains of Epirus for Violin and Orchestra
Borislava Iltcheva, violin

Richard Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder: Traume

Vincenzo Bellini: Ah! Non Credea Mirarti
Sandra Moon, soprano

Dinos Constantinides: The Frog Prince, text adapted by Judy Constantinides
Judy Constantinides, reader

  1. February 14, 2016 – From the Baroque to the Contemporary

J. Corey Knoll: Tesseract for String Orchestra

Henry Eccles: Sonata in G minor for Cello and Strings
Alvaro Angulo, cello

Gabriel Fauré: After Dream
Alvaro Angulo, cello

Dinos Constantinides: Storytelling for Flute and String Orchestra, LRC 191
Hristina Blagoeva, flute

J.S. Bach: Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe
Yova Milanova, violin; Kostas Tiliakos, oboe

Dinos Constantinides: Threnos of Creon for English Horn, LRC 218
Kostas Tiliakos, English horn

J.S. Bach: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in D minor
Michael Gurt, piano

  1. April 3, 2016 – Music of Mostly Greek Composers

Dinos Constantinides: Grecian Variations for Solo Viola, LRC 106a
Christopher Lowry, viola

Athanasios Zervas: Music for Strings

Dimitris Themelis: Adagio for String Orchestra

Dinos Constantinides: Reverie for Double Bass, LRC 81e
Yung–Chiao Wei, double bass

George Zervos: Chorochronie for Double Bass
Yung–Chiao Wei, double bass

Michael Coleman: Armanum for Solo Piano and String Orchestra
Kadisha Onalbayeva, piano

Mikel LeDee: Breathe

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise for Soprano and Strings

Ricardo Risco: Triptico a la Virgen Maria, for Mezzo Soprano and String Orchestra
Chelsey C. Greeting, mezzo soprano

Reviews of Constantinides Violin Concertos by Fanfare Magazine

CONSTANTINIDES Violin Concertos No. 1,1 2,2 331Simos Papanas, 2Espen Lilleslåtten, 3Yova Milanova (vn); 1, 2Dinos Constantinides, 3Carlos Riazuelo, cond; 1, 2Louisiana Snf; 3LSU Philharmonia MAGNI 21004 (50:14)

Several discs of the music of Dinos Constantinides have brought forth positive critical comment from the present writer: This one is no exception. The First Violin Concerto (premiered in 1995) holds an expressive first movement, (“Patterns I”) with long cantabile lines given with passion and beauty of tone by Simos Papanas. This movement was composed for the 1989–90 Promenade Concert Series by the Montgomery Performing Arts Company; the finale (“Patterns II”) was composed in 1995, the central “Idyll” in 1994. Intentionally of Romantic bent, the concerto appears gratefully written for the soloist. Thessaloniki-born violinist Papanas shows his mettle in the “Idyll,” where he is very aware that this is no mere pastoral scene. There are distinct threatening undercurrents, held in check perhaps but always there, and it is this friction that gives the music its effectiveness. The shadows become more explicit in “Patterns II.” There seems a close connection between Papanas and the composer/conductor. The ensemble, especially in the finale, is notably tight. A recording of this piece by these participants listed as “live” in Fanfare 34:4; this is a studio recording made at Louisiana State University (the present disc was put down during 2012–13).

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Review of Constantinides’ ‘The Oracle at Delphi’ by New York Concert Review

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents “The Oracle at Delphi”: The Music of Dinos Constantinides in Review




NOVEMBER 22, 2014If my Greek philosophy serves me right, the inscription over the entrance to the oracle at Delphi proclaimed its most important maxim before the seeker even entered to ask his real question. That saying, “Know thyself,” aptly describes Greek-American composer Dinos Constantinides. He knows his heritage, style, and compositional craft very well. In this all-Constantinides program, he was privileged to have four extremely capable, committed, and evidently enthusiastically involved artists to bring his works to life. They are all faculty members of Louisiana State University, where he is Boyd Professor, the highest academic rank.

Constantinides’ work is conservative, approachable, and generally tonal. He exemplifies Hindemith’s saying “There are only twelve tones, we must treat them with care.” It is gratifying to find a composer in academia who is not writing serially, but is mining the simple expressive power of the twelve half-tones of our traditional chromatic scale. His hallmarks are: motific unity and good, audible counterpoint, pleasing instrumental sonorities, and a mix of lyricism and jauntiness, even humor. The novice listener can follow the discourse immediately without disorientation.

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Achievements of LSU Composers

LSU composition students had a good year:
LSU PHD composition candidate Nick Hwang had a premiere of his work Sunset with the Verspiel New Music concert series in New Orleans.
Samuel Stokes, recent PHD in composition at LSU, was offered a $1500 commission by the Louisiana Music Teacher’s Association to compose and perform a piano piece at their annual conference next year.
Also, his extended technique flute piece miniature was selected as one of the fifteen pieces that Robert Dick will be performing in his Fifteen Minutes of Fame concert in New York City.
LSU PHD composition recipient Liduino Pitombeira, former MTNA composer of the year, recently had the premiere of his Saxophone Concerto with LSU Symphony Orchestra and soloist Griffin Campbell at LSU.
LSU PHD composition candidate Harold Mims received from the Dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts Todd Queen a commission to compose a new piece. This will open the LSU school of music spectacular in January, 2015.
LSU PHD composition candidate Timothy Beattie was awarded first place in the LSU Wind Ensemble Competition for new works. The premiere of the winning work will take place April 21, 2015.