Nicholls bands to perform world premiere of “American Labor Songs”

THIBODAUX, La. — Music from or inspired by James Bond, Adele and The Lord of the Rings will be featured as the Nicholls State University bands present the world premiere of Dr. Kimberly Archer’s “American Labor Songs.”

The Nicholls Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Mary and Al Danos Theater at Talbot Hall.

Dr. Archer is an associate professor of composition at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and will be in residence at Nicholls to work with the students the week of the concert.

“The work came about due to her founding of a union chapter at her institution with the financial help of Nicholls and a consortium of ten university bands and musical groups from throughout the country,” said Dr. Jason Ladd, Symphonic Bands conductor, instructor of low brass and music education. “Her music has been performed at international conferences as well as by some of the best college bands in the United States.”

Dr. Archer’s work, “Hour of the Wolves,” based on part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will also be featured. Additionally, students will perform two pieces by David Maslanka, one of Dr. Archer’s mentors who passed away last year and an important wind band composer.

Other works to be performed include “Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holst, “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein and a medley of selections featured in James Bond films.

The concert is free and open to the public.


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