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Louisiana Sinfonietta 2016-2017 Season

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

1. October 9, 2016 – Music from the Baroque to the Contemporary

Concerto for Piccolo in C Major………………………………………………….Antonio Vivaldi

             Suzanne Buerkle, piccolo

Mountains of Epirus for violin and strings………………………………….Dinos Constantinides

             Borislava Iltcheva, violin

Three Sinfonias from Cantatas No. 196, 61, 209………………………….J.S. Bach

Royal Oak Suite……………………………………………………………………….Jeffrey Perry

Dido’s Lament from Dido and Aeneas……………………………………….Henry Purcell

Triptico a La Virgen Maria……………………………………………………….Ricardo Risco Cortes

             Cara Waring, soprano

Concerto in B minor for Double Bass and Orchestra……………………Giovanni Bottesini

              Yung-chiao Wei, Double bass

2. November 13, 2016 – Operatic works

Bastien & Bastienne – Overture, K. 50………………………………………..W.A. Mozart

Aria of Celeste from Intimations, LRC076b…………………………………Dinos Constantinides

Three Selections from Antigone, LRC109e…………………………………..Dinos Constantinides

              Cara Waring, soprano

Slay the Dragon (premiere)……………………………………………………….Jase Nugent

              Shane Courville, trumpet – LSU Saxophone Quartet

Elegy……………………………………………………………………………………….J. Massenet

              Cara Waring, soprano

Meditation from Thaïs……………………………………………………………..J. Massenet

              Lin He, violin

The Impresario, K. 486……………………………………………………………..W.A. Mozart

              Sandra Moon, Director – Régulo Stabilito, conductor

Arlie Honeycutt, soprano………………………… Miss Silverpeal
Grace Cordes, soprano…………………….. Madame Goldentrill
DeAundre’ Woods, tenor………………………………… Mr. Angel
Brandon Mautz, baritone………………………………………. Buffo

3. January 22, 2017 – Music for Children

Music Written for Bach’s Children…………………………………………….J.S. Bach

Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra, LRC 175………………………..Dinos Constantinides

              Isaac Casal – Paul Christopher, cellos

Scenes for Children………………………………………………………………….Robert Schumann

Assemblages II for Viola and Strings…………………………………………Dinos Constantinides

             Christopher Lowry, viola

Variations on “Lar ci darem la mano”………………………………………..Ludwig van Beethoven

Gretchen am Spinnrade op. 2……………………………………………………Franz Schubert

             Cara Waring, soprano

The Dancing Turtle………………………………………………..Adapted by Judy Constantinides

              Judy Constantinides, reader – Sarah Beth Hanson, flute

4. February 18, 2017 – Music from Carnegie Hall Concert @ 7:30pm Saturday

Family Triptych for Two Violins and Strings………………………………Dinos Constantinides

              Yova Milanova – Mariana Todorova, violins

“The American Dream – An Anthem” op. 10………………………………Christopher Lowry

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D minor…………………………….J.S. Bach

              Michael Gurt, piano

Expressions……………………………………………………………………………Max Lifchitz

Suite No. 3 for Violin, Viola, and String Orchestra……………………..Kurt Atterberg

              Perla Fernandez, violin – Christopher Lowry, viola

Concerto for Two Saxophones and Orchestra…………………………….Dinos Constantinides

              Athanasios Zervas – Jeremy Justeson, saxophones

5. March 26, 2017 – Mostly Masterpieces of the 20th Century

Concerto in A minor for violin and viola………………………………….. Antonio Vivaldi

Dance of the Fireflies for string sextet…………………………………….. Christopher McCardle

Prayer for Viola and Orchestra…………………………………………………Ernest Bloch

Family Triptych for violin and viola………………………………………….Dinos Constantinides

             Jerzy Kosmala, viola – Kasia Kosmala-Dahlbeck, violin

String Sextet from the opera Capriccio……………………………………..Richard Strauss

Adagietto from the 5th Symphony…………………………………………….Gustav Mahler

Grecian Variations for Viola and Orchestra……………………………….Dinos Constantinides

              Jerzy Kosmala, viola

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

DISTINGUISHED CONCERTS INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK (DCINY) PRESENTS “THE ORACLE AT DELPHI”: THE MUSIC OF DINOS CONSTANTINIDES

MARGARET O’CONNELL, MEZZO-SOPRANO; LIN HE, VIOLIN; ROBERT DILUTIS, CLARINET; MICHAEL GURT, PIANO

WEILL RECITAL HALL AT CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK, NY

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.