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

Divertimento No. 9, K 240: W. A. Mozart

5th Symphony for Wind Instruments: Darius Milhaud

7 short pieces for Wind Quartet: Michail Travlos

Woodwind Quintet, LRC 52: Dinos Constantinides

Little Symphony for Wind Instruments: Charles Gounot


2. November 3, 2015 – LSU Composers Forum in Opera

Are Women People? One Act Opera: Kate Waring

Sandra Moon, Director


3. January 24, 2016 – From the Baroque to the Contemporary

Victor Klimash, guest conductor

Concerto in G Major for Viola: Georg P. Telemann

Laurie Rominger, viola

Rodeo- Hoe down for strings: Aaron Copland

Concerto in D minor for Violin and Oboe: J. S. Bach

Lin He, violin

Kostas Tiliakos, oboe

Threnos of Creon for Oboe, LRC 218: Dinos Constantinides

Wesendonck Lieder: Traume: Richard Wagner

No, non Turbati: Ludwig van Beethoven

Sandra Moon, soprano


4. February 21, 2016- Music for the Young at Heart

Little Suite for Strings: Carl Nielsen

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

Christopher Lowry, viola

Rondo for Violin and Strings in A Major: Franz Schubert

Mountains of Epirus, LRC 72: Dinos Constantinides

Walter Verdehr, violin

Concerto for Piano No. 1 in D minor: J.S. Bach

Michael Gurt, piano

Musical Story…….adapted by Reader: Judy Constantinides


5. April 24, 2016 – Music of Greek Composers

Dido: Purcell – Mitropoulos

Elegy for Antigone: Athanasios Zervas

           Johanna Cox, English Horn

Reverie for Double Bass, LRC 81e: Dinos Constantinides

Chorochronie for Double Bass: George Zervos

               Yung – Chiao Wei, double bass

Threnos of Creon for Flute and Strings LRC218a: Dinos Constantinides

               Iwona Glinka, flute

Pentozali a Greek Folk Tune for String Orchestra

Greciana Brasileiras for Alto Flute and Strings LRC208: Dinos Constantinides

               Iwona Glinka, alto flute

Adagio for String Orchestra: Dimitris Themelis

Light Happenings : Sunrise – Sunset for Flute and Strings: Michail Travlos

               Iwona Glinka, flute



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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.