Lamar University’s acclaimed Lamarissimo! Concert Series continues Thursday, March 7, as the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band perform classic symphonic selections by Edvard Greig and Leonard Bernstein, and premieres an original composition in honor of Wayne Dyess, longtime director of jazz studies at Lamar, who died Feb. 27. The program, sponsored by ExxonMobil, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Julie Rogers Theatre.
“This beautiful piece by Lamar alumnus Joel Love, had already been commissioned in honor of Dr. Dyess, a beloved teacher and mentor in the music department at Lamar for many years,” said Russ Schultz, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. “With his passing, it will now stand as a perfect musical tribute to Dr. Dyess, whose generous spirit and gracious teaching style lifted one student at a time. His memory will always bring harmony to the world.”
Commissioned by the Lamar chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity, Love’s composition is titled “A Cardinal’s Hymn.”
"We are extremely excited to welcome Mr. Joel Love back to Southeast Texas and to Lamar University,” said Scott Deppe, director of bands. “It is a momentous occasion to feature his composition 'Aurora Borealis' for wind ensemble, as it is currently nominated for awards in composition. Additionally, it will extremely touching, and a real honor, for the Lamar Wind Ensemble to present the world premiere of ‘A Cardinal's Hymn’ in tribute to Dr. Dyess.”
Love earned his Bachelor of Music in Composition from Lamar, and he is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition at the University of Texas.
The Concert Band, led by Ryan Smith, director of athletic bands at Lamar, will start the evening off with a performance of “Pan American Spanish March” by Karl L. King. They will also perform Adam Haskett’s “The Journey West,” “I Wander Deep in Thought,” by Edvard Grieg, and “Texas Promenade” by David R. Holsinger. Haskett, of China, Texas, is a current music major at Lamar.
The Wind Ensemble takes the stage next with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide.” Other selections performed by the Wind Ensemble include “Walden” by Michael Markowski, “The Thin Red Line,” by Kenneth J. Alford, and the world-premiere performance of Love’s “A Cardinal’s Hymn.” The Wind Ensemble concludes with “Aurora Borealis.”
The Lamarissimo! Concert Series is presented by the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.
The Julie Rogers Theatre is at 765 Pearl St. in downtown Beaumont. Individual tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students andwill be available in the theatre box office beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the performance. Admission is free to students of Lamar University with valid LU identification.