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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Y’all…Saturday, Sept. 22, is Practically Here!

(Celebrate where you are on the journey of life through
music - step by step, measure by measure!)

"Let’s journey through the music of the season together,

remembering the experiences that have made us who we are,
and perhaps along the way, rediscover who we want to be."
- Maestro Bohuslav Rattay

Opening Concert of Season 55
Saturday, September 22
By Angie Manning    
“When you’re a Jet, you’re Jet all the way!” – It’s Bernstein’s West Side Story suite (New York) to a Czech favorite by Smetana! This opening concert the “Journey from the Czech Republic to New York City” is going to be fantastic. (All the cool Jets are going to be there!) So, for sure mark your calendars, get a sitter or bring the kids. The night is going to be special on many fronts.     
The Lake Charles Symphony under the direction of Maestro Bohuslav Rattay opens its 55th season with a concert honoring William Kushner, beloved and longtime conductor of the symphony. The symphony has chosen “Journeys” as its theme for the 2012-2013 season. Its theme reflects movement, both literally and figuratively. For Maestro Rattay, it was a journey which began in Prague and ended in Lake Charles, a journey from playing bassoon in the orchestra to conducting that same orchestra!     

When the Lake Charles Symphony’s dynamic, young conductor takes the podium in Rosa Hart Theater, he brings energy and passion to the music, whether it’s from his native Czech Republic or perennial concert favorites. He has received acclaim from critics and audiences around the world. So, what I am saying is that you should totally make the scene to find out why, right?        
Rattay reflects on the upcoming season: “The gift of music allows us to take a journey of the soul. As human-beings, we relate to the sounds expressed in the music-the serenity, the sadness, the anxiety, the climax, and the final resolution all remind us of our past experiences - our own life journey. This season, I invite you to truly surrender to the music, and let it take you somewhere inside of yourself. Let’s journey through the music of the season together, remembering the experiences that have made us who we are, and perhaps along the way, rediscover who we want to be.”     
Featured tenor will be Fred VanNess, Jr., a native of Kinder who studied at McNeese State University where his love of opera took flight. His recent engagements include Don Jose in Carmen with the North End Music Performing Arts Center, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Longwood Opera, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Opera del West. Other credits are Rodolfo in La Boheme, Dr. Cajus in Falstaff, Charlie in Das Kliene Magahonny and Fenton in Falstaff as part of the Montefeltro Music Festival in Novafeltria, Italy. His concert credits consist of Handel’s “Judas Maccabeus” and “Messiah,” Bach’s Cantata 131 and Scott Joplin's 100th Anniversary of his opera Treemonisha.     

So, make it a night to remember for yourself, your family, a date…or whatever! Any occasion is the perfect occasion for great music. For more info, you can call the symphony office at (337) 433-1611 or go online at You can also follow the Symphony on Facebook at or on Twitter at