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McNeese hosts faculty trio recital

April 3, 2018 | McNeese Public Relations
Ulysses Loken, Rod Lauderdale and John Garst

Ulysses Loken, Rod Lauderdale and John GarstThe McNeese State University W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts will present a free faculty chamber recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Tritico Theatre. The recital will feature John Garst, tenor, Rod Lauderdale, horn, and Ulysses Loken, piano.

The program will feature “Serenade, Opus 31” for tenor and horn by British composer Benjamin Britten, “An die ferne Geliebte” by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven and “Auf dem Strom” by Austrian composer Franz Schubert.

Garst, an instructor of voice at McNeese, earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance from the University of North Texas. He has performed nationally and internationally in such major operatic roles as Radames, Don Jose, Cavaradossi, Duke of Mantua, Canio, Tamino, Calaf, Alfredo, Belmonte, Max, Froh and Camille de Rosillion with the Florida Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Utah Festival Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Darmstadt State Opera, Kaiserslautern Opera, Gelsenkirchen Musik Theater, Eisenach Opera, Anaberg-Bucholz Theater, Bad Hersfelder Festspiel and Theater Nordhausen.

Lauderdale, assistant professor of French horn, joined McNeese in 1990. A California native, he earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts from North Texas University (now called the University of North Texas) and performs more than 30 orchestral concerts a year. He has played with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Oakland Symposium, Fort Worth Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and as principle horn for the Wichita Falls Symphony. He currently plays with the Acadiana, Rapides and Baton Rouge symphonies as well as the Symphony of Southeast Texas.

Loken, an instructor of piano and accompanist at McNeese, received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Oregon. He is a sought-after collaborative pianist who has performed in duo and chamber concerts across northern California and the Pacific Northwest and has worked with principal members of the Eugene Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the San Jose Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also performed at festivals and events including the Oregon Bach Festival, the Northwest Horn Symposium, the Marshanne Players Chamber Music Series, the Curious Flights Series and the Old First Concert Series.

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at