Alexander-Soares to team up with popular cellist for free concert

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University’s Alexander-Soares Duo will perform a free concert on campus next week with a guest cellist who has toured with artists including Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini, Clay Aiken and Mannheim Steamroller.

University of Maryland-Baltimore County Affiliate Artist Gita Ladd will join the duo in concert. The program will include compositions by Spanish composer Joaquín Turina, Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla and Spanish cellist Gaspar Cassado.

“Gita is one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever gotten to work with. We are really fortunate to have musicians of the caliber of James and Luciana here at Nicholls,” said Dr. Jason Ladd, concert organizer and Nicholls instructor of music. “This collaboration will end up producing one of the most inspirational performances we’ve had in Thibodaux over the past few years.”

The Alexander-Soares Duo is made up of Nicholls string professor James Alexander and piano professor Dr. Luciana Soares. Their duo, formed in 2005, has performed throughout the world including at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Landeskonservatorium in Austria and the University of Chichester in England. The duo has been involved with festivals in Brazil, including the Chamber Music Festival Centro Sul e Vale do Salgado and the prestigious International Festival of Santa Catarina.

Gita Ladd, who has performed for several U.S. presidents, is the principal cellist of the Endless Mountain Music Festival in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, and regularly performs at the Kennedy Center and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the Mary and Al Danos Theater.


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