A performance by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra


This Sunday at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra will perform “Heartstrings,” a show with music spanning hundreds of years to demonstrate the evolution of sound.

“The idea is that the technology of the trumpet has changed throughout time, and that affects the way it is played and interacts with different pieces of music,” said Marketing Director Rita Goodrich.

Maestro Mariusz Smolij chose music by Monteverdi, Bach, Haydn, and others to show how technology changed the technique and timbre of trumpet playing across genres like baroque and modern jazz. Born in Poland, Smolij is internationally recognized has been with the symphony for more than 10 years.

Each year, the Heartstrings show features a guest artist to play with the chamber, and this year it’s Louisiana State University trumpet professor Brian Shaw. With Valentine’s day falling on not just Wednesday, but Ash Wednesday, Goodrich said she hoped audiences would treat the 7 p.m. show as a date night.

“Heartstrings has been around for years! We believe it got its name from being scheduled around Valentine’s Day, but is always a smaller, chamber orchestra consisting of a string ensemble,” said Goodrich. “You can come in get a glass of wine, and just enjoy some great music for an hour or so.

“We also have VIP packages that include a champagne and chocolate reception called the Maestro Circle. You can mix and mingle, have wine and champagne.”

The Maestro Circle is an exclusive reception held before the show. Audience members are invited to come early and enjoy gourmet treats by Chef Brian Blanchard of iMonelli. Maestro himself also visits with the concert-goers.

Goodrich said the orchestra is excited about its future due to a resurgence of excitement over what the orchestra has to offer within the community.

“We have had so much wonderful feedback from the first half of the season, that we are literally just so excited about sharing the second half of the season with the community. We want folks to know that the symphony is not some high brow expensive event.

“The ASO staff and musicians hope that in the next few years we have fresh new faces join us at our performances. We hope that folks rediscover what an amazing symphony we have to offer. We have such wonderful and loyal patrons, sponsors and supporters, and we hope that it grows and flourishes. We see a new energy surrounding our amazing symphony and we hope that it spreads like wildfire!”

General admission tickets are $35 each, and VIP tickets are $65 for a single ticket and $100 for two. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online through Friday. acadianasymphony.org



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