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Delta Festival Ballet Twenty-Nine and Growing

by: James Levick

    When Maria and Georgie Giacobbe finished their dance training with Gerry Fenasci of New Orleans in 1943, they looked to more.  Parents Leona and Lawrence Giacobbe, feeling that the teenaged girls were too young to continue their studies in New York, they allowed them to open the Giacobbe School of Dance in the back yard.  Little sister Lee and brother Joseph Giacobbe were accompanied by other neighborhood children in classes and became the first of the thousands that would eventually study at the well-respected establishment.
    Now, more than fifty years later, it is clear that Joseph Giacobbe has made impressive leaps from his humble beginnings in a backyard of Metairie, Louisiana.  After his early training at the family studio, Joseph Giacobbe continued to study dance in New Orleans and Chicago during his high school years.  There he developed special interest in flamenco dancing.  He met his wife, Gwen Belle Bernadas, in an advanced Tulane University dance class, and they went on to perform together as soloists in TERESA Y SU COMPANIA ESPANOLA at Jacob's pillow and with the New Orleans Opera.
    In 1967 Joseph co-founded Delta Festival Ballet, along with his sister Maria Giacobbe, as a community dance organization.  The company was chartered by the state of Louisiana in 1969 and it has continued to grow rapidly, becoming one of Louisiana's only fully professional, resident ballet companies in 1981.  As Artistic Directors and founders of Delta, Joseph Giacobbe and Maria Giacobbe have spent nearly three decades making Delta a remarkably stable, innovative and professional entity with a repertoire of more than fifty ballets and divertissements, ranging from nineteenth century classic productions, such as Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, to popular rock ballets, such as Tommy. Delta performs for more than 25,000 people each year with its regional tour of Nutcracker, appearances at various workshops and festivals in the area.  Spring mimi-tours productions of Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel, are planned for 1998.
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The Fort Smith Symphony A New Era Begins

by: Jean Hurley

    The past and the future exist in perfect harmony in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  The proof of that lasting legacy between old and new can be found on opening night at teh Fort Smith Symphony.  This year holds a special magic for the patrons, however, an experience that doesn't come along often to Symphony supporters.
    Just imagine this: the Civic Center Theater is full, its audience sits, not quietly, because their sense of celebration has created a noisy, bouyant chatter throughout the house.  Mayor Ray Baker waves and smiles at the Symphony Board President, Robert Kanak.  they both know (along with eveyone else), that this opening is special, one that their orchestra has encountered but a few times in its lengthy history.  A new Maestro is about to enter the scene.  Tonight is John Jeter's debut as conductor of Arkansas' oldest Symphony Orchestra. It is from Fort Smith's rich tradition of the past that John Jeter's steps out upon the podium, lifts the baton, and a new era has begun.
    In the beginning, the orchestra was the vision of Mr. and Mrs. William Baily, whose dream was to establish a symphony tahat would help to define the culture of a thriving community.  that was in 1923.  They started what today's Mayor Ray Baker (nicknamed "the pied pipier of the arts"), continues to champion: advocaticy and significant monetary support from City Hall to nurture performing and visual arts in Fort Smith.  In the Civic Center Theater tonight, that line of committment extends its proud heritage to John Jeter, a conductor who brings unique talent and his own for the Fort Smith Symphony.
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East Texas Symphony Music of the Spheres

by: Elizabeth Ellison

    In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the space race, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra (ETSO) located in Tyler, Texas, presents the "Harmony of the Spheres" 1997-98 concert season.  This orbit through the musical heavens began on September 20 with trumpeter Doc Severinson, former "Tonight Show" band leader.  Severinson is a Grammy Award winning trumpeter and Pricipal Pops Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony.  He played trumpet seletions in a diverse medley of musical style from many of the musical greats: George Bizet and Gioacchino Rossini to Cole Porterjust to anme a few.
    The East Texas Syphony is especially proud to annouce the opening of its new twenty-one million dollar venue, Vaughn Auditoriumm on the Univeristy of Texas at Tyler Campus.  All regular performanceswill be presented in the new theater, whose acoustics promises to heighten and elevate the orchestral experience for all music devotees, especially for the debut of concert pianist Keith Weber on November 15.  Mr. Weber is a visiting Professor in Collaborative Musicianship at the University of Minnesota and an accomplished organist.  He has frequently appeared with the Tyler Civic Choralem the Texas Baroque Ensemble, the Dallas Bach Society, the New Texas Festival, the Victoria Bach Festival, and the Music Festival at Round Top, Texas.
    To further celebrate a sky of stars and planets, the ETSO will perform,"The Planets", by Gustav Holst in January.  This suite for large orchestra will be accompanied by a NASA slide show of the cosmos.
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Centaenary College of Louisiana Annouces Appointment of Mark Zeltser The Russians are Coming

    "New bright star in the sky of Salzburg Festival", "The Titan of Keyboard" are just two of the accolades that music critics in Salzburg, Austria and New York City have bestowed on pianist Mark Zeltser.  Now the gifted musician moves to Centenary College as Professor of Music.  His tenure begins in January 1998.
    Zeltser's experience as a teacher began in the place he himself was a student: the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.  This is the school of Bella Davidivich, Vladimir Feltsman, Lev Vlasenko, Rodion Schedrin, Viktoria Postnikova and Mark Zeltser.  He won several piano competitions including First Prize at the National Piano Competition in Moscow; Grand Prix at the Marguarite Long/ Jacques Tibault International Competition in Paris; and the Busoni Prize at the Busoni International Competition in Bolzano, Italy.
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Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony

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