(October 8, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073.

Hurley Orchestra Presents Intimate Romanticism

Featuring Special Guest Violist Adrienne Gabriel

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SHREVEPORT, La.— The Centenary College Hurley Orchestra will perform a free concert, Monday, Oct. 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Anderson Auditorium in the Hurley Music Building with special guest, violist Adrienne Gabriel.

Under the direction of Dr. Todd Gabriel, the program's subject is "Intimate Romanticism" featuring very personal works by 19th composers for chamber orchestra.

This year's program series will begin with 15 minute lecture-demonstrations by Dr. Gabriel and the orchestra. "Intimate Romanticism" includes Siegfried-Idyll by Richard Wagner, Scenes of Childhood by Robert Schumann, The Happy Slaves by the Spanish teenager J.C. Arriaga, and a beautiful Romance for viola and orchestra by Max Bruch. The Schumann is a piano work which has been orchestrated by Dr. Gabriel especially for the students and this performance.

Guest performer Adrienne Gabriel has been a violist with the Shreveport Symphony since 1989, as well as a member of the Longview Symphony and Shreveport Opera. She has been a guest artist with the Shreveport Symphony, the Northwestern University Orchestra and the Hurley Symphony Orchestra at Centenary College on numerous occasions. Before coming to Shreveport, she was a member of the Opera Company of Boston, legendary conductor/composer Gunther Schuller's New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble, and Budapest String Quartet first violinist Alexander Schneider's New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory of Music, and a viola-performance diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Other performances in the series include "Mozart and Haydn" on Monday, Dec. 7; Hurley Concerto/Aria Concert on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010; and "Ludwig van Beethoven" on Monday, March 29.

All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 869.5235.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.