2016- 2017 Concert Season

Saturday, October 15, 2016

“Celebrating Greatness”

A consummate musician recognized for her grace,
subtlety and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an
impressive international reputation as one of today’s most
gifted pianists. The New York Times called her a "brilliant
pianist." The Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as
"a first-rate Mozartean."

Orli Shaham has performed with nearly all of the major
symphony orchestras in North America, from Boston to
Los Angeles and everywhere in between, as well as some
of the most important orchestras in Europe, Asia and
Australia including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and many more.

Orli Shaham's interactive concert series for young children, "Baby Got Bach", is included in New York Magazine's "Best of New York" list.
In addition to her musical education at the Juilliard School, Orli Shaham holds a bachelor's degree in history from Columbia University and pursued a master’s degree in musicology at Columbia.
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center

Sunday, December 4, 2016

“Celebrating the Holidays with Jazz”

Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state
in the union and performed at the Hollywood Bowl,
Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the
Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail,
Aspen and Brechenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives
Center and Lincoln Center in New York City to name a

Allen's solo jazz recordings include CDs such as,
"Ritzville", (Village Place Music), and "Trumpet Summit"
and "Skyrocket" from Summit Records. As Artist in
Residence, Allen has taught at various schools and universities. He is currently
Artist In Residency at the University of South Carolina.
While living in Los Angeles during the 80's, Allen performed on over 100 motion picture sound tracks, (such as Back To The Future and Star Trek), as well as countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince.
His soaring sounds can be heard on recent projects including the movies "Furry Vengeance", "40 Days and 40 Nights", "Unfaithfully Yours", "Gridiron Gang", "Scary Movie Four", and the "Medal of Honor", "Gears Of War 3" and "Halo" video games.
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center

Sunday, January 29, 2017

“Celebrating Harmony”

Celebrating Harmony is a partnership with Rotary Club of Alexandria
in celebration of its 100th anniversary. Join us for this uplifting
community concert that will include choirs from various churches and
local soloists performing with the orchestra.
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Calvary Worship Center

Saturday, March 18, 2017

“Celebrating Our History ”

Join us for a rousing performance celebrating the 50 seasons of RSO
music. It will include Berlioz - Symphony Fantastique, along with some
repertoire from the first concert in 1967, and a video presentation of
RSO memories. We will be proudly presenting the commemorative
RSO 50th Anniversary History & CD.
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center

Thursday, April 6, 2017

“Celebrating The Sensational”

Guest Vocalist Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and
multi-faceted performers in the entertainment
industry today.
Having sold over 7 million records worldwide,
Vanessa has also scored numerous #1 and Top 10 hits
on various Billboard Album and Singles charts.
Her critically acclaimed work has been recognized
by every major industry award affiliation including
4 Emmy nominations, 17 Grammy nominations
(of which 11 were for her individually), a Tony
nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP
Image Awards, 3 Satellite Awards, and, ultimately,
a Golden Globe, a Grammy and an Oscar for “Best
Original Song” for her platinum single “Colors of the
Wind” from the Disney Film Pocahontas.
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Rapides Parish Coliseum

Saturday, May 6, 2017

“Celebrating Joy at AlexRiverFete”

This special season finale will feature the Red River Chorale,
ULM University Chorus, and four high-level soloists. RSO is
hosting a full “Day of Music” where local school ensembles,
church vocal groups and community musicians will perform
free, non-stop musical entertainment in downtown Alexandria
for our community to enjoy.

In the week leading up to the performance, we plan a screening
of the documentary film Following the Ninth: in the Footsteps of
Beethoven’s Final Symphony. This film follows the global impact
of the piece across five continents and ten countries.
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center

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Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

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Fax: (318) 484-4499
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